No visit to A Coruña would be complete without spending a few hours wandering around the Casa del Hombre Domus (House of Man) in open-mouthed awe. Touted as the first interactive museum in the world devoted to the human being, this is one of the most fascinating places in the entire province to take your family. There’s no missing this museum, as it is housed in an eye-catching building sitting proudly opposite the city’s sea front, where it is visible from Riazor Beach. Designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki (the talent behind Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium), the striking façade is shaped like a large sail covered in layers of slate and is one of A Coruña’s great architectural achievements.
This fun interactive museum reels in the visitors by promising to stimulate their innate inquisitiveness through a variety of exciting exhibitions. In fact, there are almost 200 modules that use state-of-the-art technology to reveal the wonders of the human body. Many of these are interactive tests of physical and mental skill, and cover topics including the senses, the brain, the heart and biochemistry. Unsurprisingly, the interactive parts are particularly popular with younger visitors. The striking building also houses an IMAX projection room that’s worth a visit, if you can bear to watch a film showing the miracle of a human birth of course.
Meanwhile, many visitors say the most visually impressive attraction is a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which is cleverly made up of more than 10,000 photos of people. And to top it all off, you can finish with a visit to the museum’s renowned restaurant while soaking up some of the best views of the city from the terrace.
Casa del hombre DOMUS
Address: Ángel Rebollo 91, A Coruña, 15002
Cost: Museum €2, IMAX €4
Hours: Weekdays 10–6, weekends and public holidays 11–7