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Belfast Zoo: a closer look into over 120 different animal species!


Do you remember the movie “Zoo”? The historical British film released in 2018 based on the real story of a baby elephant saved during a raid in the First World War?

Well that Zoo was actually based on the ‘Belfast Zoo’ in Northern Ireland – and also based on the brand new addition to the CloudGuide community!

Its journey began in the early 1900’s, a time when the Belfast City Council had their focus set on installing a tram line to promote the local area. In addition, was the creation of a playground and pleasure garden in the hopes of encouraging day trips outside the city center. The garden turned out to be such a great success that after a few years, in 1934, the corporation decided to install a zoological collection on site.

Time did the rest, and what once consisted of 12 acres of land (almost 5 hectares) transformed into the 55 acres (more than 22 hectares) we can now discover onsite today. Visitors have the pleasure of discovering more than 120 different species of animals that call Belfast Zoo their home.

This attraction is considered to be one of the oldest in Northen Ireland, and is now considered to be one of the leading and award winning visitor attractions in the country!

The Zoo is focused on offering a great educative experience and assuring visitors the well being and great amount of care that is put into the animals hosted onsite. They address a particular attention to all the endangered species, organizing different campaigns for the purpose of raising funds for the animals and their natural habitats.

So for all families, animal lovers and enthusiats don’t miss out on the chance of taking your own daytrip to the Belfast Zoo next time you find yourself in beautiful Northern Ireland. When you get there, remember to download the CloudGuide app to accompany you throughout your visit so you can learn all their is to know about the animals and their habit in our interactive tour!

Multimedia Art Museum: the passion for photography and visual arts takes Moscow


Today is the day we should all be getting ready to get on a plane straight to Russia in order to find out more about the new addition to the CloudGuide community! We land in Moscow, the capital of the country, the most populated city, and, the native home of the Multimedia Art Museum.

Devoted to new forms of visual expression (especially contemporary art, photography and new media) this museum was among the first to be opened twenty-three years ago in Russia, with a stated focus in this field.

In the space of eight floor visitors can find the archive room of the museum, a collection consisting of over 80 thousand pictures (including the negatives and prints) and of course, the museum that displays both Russian and foreign innovative artists. To get a better idea let’s turn our attention to the exhibitions currently on display.  

Until the 12th of May it will be possible for  visitors to enjoy both the art of the American photographer Alex Prager with his work “Compulsion” as well as the exhibition ‘ Dreaming. Pirelli Calendar 2019’ by Albert Watson, author of the calendar’s 46th edition as a part of the XI Moscow International Biennnale ‘Fashion and Style in Photography 2019’.

This slick and modern gallery houses on average 3 – 4 exhibitions simultaneously. The great thing is that visitors can enjoy the likes of not only contemporary artists but also photographic art by 20th century artists such as Vladimir Yakovlev and Oscar .

If you are just as intrigued as us about the variety and collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, then the only solution is to physically go and visit it yourself. And while your’re there, why not send home the coolest postcard through the CloudGuide App!

Pirelli HangarBicocca: A happily ever after marriage between an industrial building and art.


“Our mission is to make art accessible and open to everyone”. CloudGuide is happy to introduce to the family the Milanese Pirelli HangarBicocca!

Born in 2004, the non profit foundation supported by Pirelli devotes itself to spreading contemporary art in the beautiful city of Milan. The peculiarity of HangarBicocca, which makes the project even more interesting, is the building itself and the surrounding areas - how often does a visit to a museum include a stop in a 'shed' that used to manufacture locomotives and aeroplanes during the First World War.

The exposition space is in fact located in an ex factory of the ‘900. The Bicocca area, before turning into a residential district, which now includes one of the main University in the city, was indeed industrial.

After a period of neglect during the transition time, the once known “Ansaldo 17” became the art center of today, which truly pays respect to the previous architecture.“Le Navate”, for example, once dedicated to the transformers department is now an area that hosts the permanent installation of Anselm Kiefer: “The Seven Heavenly Places”.

According to the artistic director, Vicente Todolí, what visitors have the chance to see in the Hangar are: “ Specific exhibitions developed for the architectural space, in dialogue.” What the visitors bring home with them is a pure experience that would never have been possible to create anywhere else.

On April 4th the Hangar will open a brand new exhibition to the public called “Remains”, generated by the mind of one of the most important Indian contemporary artist: Sheela Gowda.

Take the chance and check out firsthand the uniqueness of the Pirelli HangarBicocca. 

The Museum of Technology and Science Center Spectrum, the beauty of science and technology in Berlin


The two new entries at CloudGuide this week both have something very special in common: first, they are both based in Berlin, the capital of Germany and second, they are both focused on spreading the beauty of science and technology.

We are of course talking about the Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) and the Science Center Spectrum, two associated institutions located downtown between the Kreuzberg and Mitte district.

On the outside of the Technikmuseum, visitors can enjoy the beautiful park, characterized by two mills (water and wind), a smithy and a brewery. While inside, visitors can immerse themselves in an immense collection which combines scientific tools, locomotives, planes, and paper machines... just to name a few.

In addition to displaying a fantastic collection for visitors to enjoy, the museum invites people of all ages to physically assist in demonstrations, including touching and experimenting first hand!

The ultimate goal of the museum is to arouse curiosity and to educate, while at the same time, encouraging their audience to ask themselves a large array of everyday questions: “What is this? How was it made? What was it for? Did it change the world? What does it mean to me?”.

Once you finish your visit at the Technikmuseum and are looking to fulfill your curiosity some more, you can luckily find the answers just next door at the Science Center Spectrum, where interactive exhibits take place in a 1,400 m² space.

The use of the five sense are required to embrace the whole experience, this also explains why the Center plays such an important role in the public education system.

Let yourself be led, during this discovery process, by both your curiosity (of course) and our CloudGuide App!

Santa Maria della Scala: from a civic hospital to a stunning museum complex.


Have you ever fancied planning an Italian road trip from North to South? If so, you probably considered driving through the tuscan hills, posting an Instagram picture of the breath-taking sunset and ending the day with a glass of Chianti. Classy.

CloudGuide is here to help you with a bucket list of all the cultural and artistic locations you really can’t miss along the way.

Today we focus on a city located just a 70 km drive from Florence: the medieval charming Siena, whose city center was selected as UNESCO’s World Heritage site.

Right there, in the heart of the town, it’s hard not to spot Siena’s Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. If you turn your back on the “Duomo”, as the Cathedral is called in Italy, you face the new entry of the CloudGuide community: Santa Maria della Scala, once a civic hospital, one of the most ancient in Europe, and now a stunning museum complex.

Historically devoted to pilgrims and people in need, the old hospital, built in the XII Century, represents the nucleus of the actual centre. The structure around it grew and changed over the years, coming to include, nowadays, over seven building layers.

The first detail of the museum that catches the eyes of all visitors is on the fourth level, opened by the Women Pilgrims’s Hall. In the same layer you can also discover the Old Sacristy, the Old Refectory, and the Church of the SS. Annunziata, just to name a few... This is just the beginning of what can be observed while discovering the many areas of the complex: from the Archaeological Museum to the Fonte Gaia, passing through frescoes, brick walls and statues from centuries ago.

There is so much to say about this beautiful building, but better to discover it yourself in person, don’t you think? And as per usual, the CloudGuide app is there to accompany you throughout your visit !

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