Cats and Dogs

The Exhibition

They live in our homes and streets, in our imagination and even in the music we listen to. And have been with us for thousands of years. But what do we actually know about them? How did they become so different from wild animals? How do they see, listen and feel the world?

The new temporary exhibition of Pavilion of Knowledge invites children and grown-ups to explore the world of their favorite pets. The exhibition is composed by three thematic areas: (“In their skin”; “In their head”; “In our societies”) adding a total of 47 interactive exhibits.

Produced by Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie - from Paris - will be open to the public until September 8 2019. On the first Sunday of every month, the public is welcome to visit our science centre with a dog and also to participate in our workshop programme Canine Passport. But we're not stopping there: Feline Instinct workshop happens every second sunday of the month and is dedicate to cats.

Are you ready to enter the amazing world of your favorite pets?

The Modules


Running and agility: cats and dogs demonstrate their amazing performance.

While cats have a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph), hares can do 70 km/h (44 mph). Hunters

with stamina, dogs are built for long-distance running and for sprinting. On an agility track, the visitor

is invited to compare their performance to that of a dog on

a 6-gate slalom in a measured time.


Cats, which are also prey, can scurry fast and jump high. They can leap to heights of 1.8 metres, or 5 times their own height, without a run-up and with graceful agility.

Dogs are not to be outdone either, as a guard dog can leap fences of 2.3 metres.

So many cats!

Cats and dogs, of which there 72 and 343 breeds respectively, are the champions of diversity of body size and shape. Pattern, ears, tail, coat, whiskers, etc. Can you tell the difference between a Siamese and a Thai cat? Or can you distinguish a Bernese Mountain Dog from an Appenzeller Sennenhund?

Portuguese dog breeds

There are currently 11 Portuguese breeds of dogs wich include guard and shepherd, hunting and fishing. These were selected according to unique morphological and behaviour characteristics, arising from the cultural and geographic diversity of the country

Sensory experiences

Cats and dogs live in their own sensory world that is very different from ours. The senses of smell and hearing are highly developed, but they see things as a blur except when there is movement. They feel vibration better than we do, and the cat has a 6th sense thanks to its whiskers, which capture minute movements of air.

How they speak

A dog uses its voice to signal its presence from afar, or to communicate with other dogs or humans when it is up close.

A cat miaows in different ways, wailing, spitting, screaming,growling or cooing, all while giving off visual signs that reinforce the message.

Can we understand what dogs and cats are trying to say through their vocalization?

Around the world

The position of cats and dogs in our society is mainly cultural. A brief story then shows the cultural importance of cats or dogs in the country concerned.

Cultural animals

Referring to them as merely company or pets would be to minimise the importance of the role of cats and dogs in human culture all across the world. Myths, religions, legends and folklore, proverbs and expressions: they are everywhere. They are an inexhaustible source of models for artists

Mega bowl

The icing on the cake that no visitor can resist: a ball pool that recreates a mega bowl of animal feed where children and adults will be able to dive.


Praça da Alegria, RTP1, 15-02-2019

Interview on CM Tv

Report Falar Global - CMTV

Article, Correio da Manhã

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