The exhibition ‘Cosmos’ presents in the National Library a vision about the universe and the scientific systems developed to understand it.

You can visit it until September 9 and in it you can see more than 200 pieces related to the content of the universe and the scientific systems that have emerged to know it throughout history.

Among these objects are some of the most historically relevant works of science and whose creation has involved names such as Euclides, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Vesalius, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Lyell, Darwin or Maxwell.

You can also find Leonardo’s notebooks, the Hercules carpet holds the earth’s sphere, or the model of the Herschel Telescope that Carlos III commissioned for the Astronomical Observatory of Madrid.

Other small gems for lovers of cosmology are the old maps, a geocentric and heliocentric armillary sphere, or the model of the Lady Pamela steam engine.

The sample is divided by the natural world through four blocks. Universe, Earth, Life: Flora and Fauna, which includes Hominids and homo sapiens; and Science and Technology, whose objective is to educate in the scientific knowledge of nature.


Until September 9


National Library (Paseo de Recoletos 20)




Tue-Sat: 10:00 – 20:00 h

Sundays and holidays: 10: 00-14: 00 h

Closed: Monday and May 1