Basovizza natural history education centre

Località Basovizza, 224 Basovizza - Trieste
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    Type: Naturalistic , Technical-scientific
  • Free entry
  • Opening hours: Open the website
  • Bus: 39, 51
  • Parking: free parking in the surrounding area


The visitor centre is designed to raise awareness of the characteristics of the Karst to a wider audience, from students to groups of adults as well as people with visual impairments. There are routes designed for everyone.
At the entrance you are greeted by a bird's-eye view model of the Karst, for a better understanding of the area and its natural environments. Continuing down the corridor of time, you pass from the Big Bang to the present day through the history of the Karst and the 18 three-dimensional tactile boxes. A series of dioramas captures the Karst's features of flora, fauna, biodiversity and the melodies of Nature. Through the 'magic tree' that stands in the largest room you can discover the secrets of the trees and forests as well as the delicate balance of nature together with an invitation to sustainability to help Planet Earth. The centre also offers a room for temporary exhibitions and a conference room.


The museum stands out for its capacity for interaction between the visitor and its exhibitions, with a sensory room, which, together with the path equipped for the visually-impaired, open the doors of the structure to a broader public. The most unusual feature of the centre is that it is spartan but complete when examining the forest ecosystem as a whole.

Not to be missed

The object of greates interest at the Centre is the photo album created by Basilio Circovich entitled "Commissione d'imboscamento del Carso-Trieste" or the "Trieste Karst Reforestation Commission" that illustrates the Karst above Trieste. Originally there were two other books, one with pictures of reforestation in the Karst of Gorizia and Gradisca, stored in Gorizia, and the other illustrating reforestation in Istria but unfortunately these have been lost.
The three books were brought to the 1900 Paris World Exposition to present the entire afforestation project which won first prize. The overall work led to the planting of 200 million trees.


  • Guided visit languages: Italian, English, German, Slovenian
  • Tour languages: Italian, English, Slovenian
  • Audio guide languages: Italian, English, German, Slovenian
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Workshops
  • Library
  • Conference room
  • Disabled access
  • Relax area
  • Wardrobe
  • Animal access
  • Toilets


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