Csopa Science Center could rightly be called one of the most fun places in Budapest: it offers a playful method to learn about physics, chemistry, the human body, and even space exploration. Best of all, everything can be tried, touched, twisted, or climbed, with nearly 250 games, escape rooms, science shows, and multi-sensory cinema experiences, and the Richter Gedeon Lab is a real scientist's laboratory for young and old alike.
In the Centre of Scientific Wonders (Csopa Science Center), you can explore a wide range of science through interactive games. You can float like a bird above the clouds, play with giant building blocks, slip into magnetic shoes, and take part in an astronaut mission or adventure in the escape rooms as archaeologists, engineers, and doctors. The Öveges Stage will feature exciting demonstrations, where children and adults will be amazed by the spectacular experiments that make science tangible.
And from January 2022, anyone's welcome to put on the scientists' distinctive white coats and goggles, as the Richter Gedeon Lab will not only be open to pre-registered groups, but everyone will be able to immerse themselves in the world of chemical experiments during opening hours. The lab is located at the end of the first floor, but don't be surprised if you get there slowly, with special foosball tables, life-size pool tables, and logic puzzles blocking your way.
Upstairs, you can sit in the interactive ride movies, but the Illusions room, where you can stand in front of Picasso's canvas, find your way out of a spectacular maze, or experience a sense of infinity in the room of mirrors, is also accessible from here. Once you've reached Newton's apple garden, you're in the right place to take a break and soak up the pull of gravity, but it's worth getting up to visit the Lab.
Here you can grab the white coat and goggles, but before you dive into the world of chemistry, stop by the lab counter where you can capture the start of your career as a scientist in front of a cool photo wall.
Then, all you have left is to take your experiment kit and enter the lab, either on your own or with the help of your white-coated "colleagues", to carry out the colourful experiments. The pipettes, test tubes, and colour-changing liquids are a playful way to introduce children to the world of chemistry, but it's also fun for adults to get involved in the experiments.
As in our article on the other attractions at the Csopa, we recommend that you allow at least half a day for your visit, but if you can, plan a full day. The wristband allows you to get in and out, so you can even run out for lunch after a morning of experimentation and then return to try the other attractions. Csopa is also entertaining for foreigners, as all the descriptions, games, and experiments are translated into English, as well.
Further information on the visit and ticket prices can be found here.