Former heritage site transformed into science attraction
Esplora is located at Villa Bighi in Kalkara overlooking the Grand Harbour. The building was formerly used as a hospital by the Royal Navy. It will consist of a number of buildings and outdoor spaces, all interconnected following an extensive restoration and development process.
The buildings have undergone major restoration to house this project.
NorthernLight has been commissioned by the Malta Council for Science and Technology to design the main exhibitions and planetarium galleries, featuring over 100 interactive exhibits.
Esplora embraces a ‘free choice’ learning environment and will be a family orientated and collaborative fun experience. Esplora offers the opportunity to discover and understand science through a series of hands-on experiences and phenomena – related exhibits. In this way, it will communicate the importance of the scientific processes: consisting of questioning, predicting, experimenting, analyzing and making conclusions.
Visitors to Esplora will enjoy a full day out exploring indoor and outdoor exhibitions, attending science themed workshops, enjoying Planetarium shows and taking a break in our Café.
Facts and Figures
Former naval hospital site, overlooking the historic town of Valetta and the Mediterranean
It comprise five linked buildings,including Planetarium Building
Scope: main exhibition building and planetarium
Over 100 exhibits on themes as space exploration, human body, mechanics and optics.
European Space Station “ISS” replica
multimedia and kinect games
Shadow, infinity room and camera obscura
partners: Bruns (manufacturing) and Yipp (software development)