Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve

The Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve (CCVAlg) is an interactive science museum located in Faro, the capital of the Algarve, to the public in 1997. Its mission is to promote education for scientific knowledge, developing actions to stimulate interest in science and technology by the general public.

The Center privilege the articulation with the schools and with the local scientific community. The CCVAlg delivers educational activities and interactive exhibits making the visit a rewarding experience for both children and adults.

The sea (o Mar) is the central topic of the permanent exhibition at the Algarve Ciência Viva Centre. There is also space for interact with modules related to the physics and the chemistry of light and color, a room dedicated to the brain and senses, an intelligent greenhouse, an endless energy garden, and a terrace with an amazing view of the Ria Formosa.

The permanent exhibition takes the visitor through different facets of the marine and coastal biosphere of the planet, through a dive from the surface to the depths of the oceans, in an exploratory trip which helps unlock the secrets of the origin and the future of life.

The interactive modules cover the evolution of oceans, its biodiversity, and the physics of the sea, the environmental and even the economic aspects of human activity related to the sea. There are modules to help to clarify many of the doubts about the physical and geological phenomena associated with the sea and with the forces of nature present in the daily life of marine and coastal biospheres.

Finally, the visitors will have the opportunity of appreciate the Ria Formosa from our terrace, where they will find several modules associated to the sun. The Algarve Ciência Viva Centre terrace is a privileged spot for bird watching, since Ria Formosa is an important stopover area for countless birds making their way to or from Africa.