Gran Paradiso National Park Visitor Center - "Laboratory Park"
Summer 2022 openings
from 2 to 17 July 2022: 2pm – 6pm – closed on Wednesdays
from 18 July to 15 August 2022: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm
from 16 August to 11 September 2022: 2pm – 6pm – closed on Wednesdays
Possibility of extraordinary openings, on reservation, for groups of over 15 people and with an additional price of 2 € on the access ticket.
Opening times are subject to variations: we advice to verify them on the web site reported in the “Contact” area.
Full-price ticket: 3 €
Reduced entrance-fee: 1,50 € students aged up to 25 years (from 19 to 25 years with document certifying the student’s condition), persons accompanying disabled visitors, groups led by tour or nature guides.
Free entry: children aged up to 6 years, disabled visitors, tourist or hiking guides and Abbonamento Musei owners.
Reductions: for owners of “Carta Amico di Cogne”, Touring Club Italiano members and their families, persons accompanying Touring Club Junior’s members and owners of the access ticket to Parc Animalier d’Introd, Bard Fortress, M.A.V.
The visit is included in the Fondation Grand Paradis joint ticket (full price € 8.00, reduced entrance-fee € 4.00), valid for a year from the date of issue for visiting the sites run by the Fondation Grand Paradis.
The Visitor Center of the Gran Paradiso National Park of Cogne Laboratory Park presents the complex and dynamic evolution of the protected area as in a laboratory of experimentation: explanatory models, multimedia systems, interactive games and an original “sensory space” that offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate the scents of nature and hear the characteristic sounds of the woods.
The main idea revolves around the concept of land use and management, which is only possible by means of an in-depth knowledge of the environmental data.
The themes developed in the Cogne Visitor Center are:
- water: the models show the effects that water has on the territory, they illustrate some flood events and describe the interaction between human settlements and the hydrogeological aspects
- forest and pasture: a “multimedia” immersion into the life of the woodcutter and the simulation of important choices for the maintenance of the forest
- fauna and man: the manner in which man and animals interact.
The center also hosts two interesting thematic set-ups devoted to the wolf and to the ibex, respectively
The exhibition itinerary does not have an obligatory linear pathway: choose your own “path” according to your interests and to the level of in-depth study you wish to make.