Activities in Top World Science Museums
Science Museum, London
This museum was opened in the middle of the 19th century. Today, more than 300 000 exhibits are displayed there, demonstrating the amazing possibilities of nature. Tricky devices that puff, creak, spin, allow us to understand the laws of dynamics, optics, acoustics, magnetism. A stunning exhibition of steam engines is dedicated to the history of the industrial revolution in the UK, and dinosaurs are walking alongside the wonders of technology. In one of the halls, you can survive a real earthquake (without harming yourself). In the other, find out how scientists are offering humanity to survive in the face of climate change.
Museum website: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
What to see: the exhibition “The Power of Tremors”, “The World of Dinosaurs.”
NEMO Science Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Nemo delivers visitors to the land of knowledge in a huge five-story ship. The highlights of the museum are the exhibits for very young and older children. The complexity of the exposure increases with each floor, every exhibition is combined with the game. Children here fall inside the soap bubble, look at the curved mirrors, build arched bridges and dams, experiment with light and sound, and even pick up robots. Here you can apply existing knowledge and acquire new ones. Even the roof of the museum is equipped for experimentation. In addition, you can splash around in the pool.
Museum website: www.e-nemo.nl
Address: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam
What to see: chemical laboratory, hall of illusions.
CosmoCaixa Museum, Barcelona, Spain
This museum is able to surprise with its exhibits for both kids and adults who have a good knowledge of natural sciences. Here you can find a real tropical jungle, inhabited by anacondas, caimans, poisonous frogs, see a terrible tropical rainfall, look inside the Earth and even visit those times when life was just emerging on our planet. Children will be interested to know how electricity is generated and how a magnifying glass works.
Address: Carrer D’Isaac Newton, 26, 08022 Barcelona
What to see: 3D planetarium, a model of an active volcano.
Deutsches Museum, Munich
The Deutsches Museum in Munich is full of incredible and attractive exhibits showing the achievements of science and technology. There are halls dedicated to aircraft and shipbuilding, road and rail transport, the history of computer technology. You can look into the internal combustion engine, see how the dynamo works, spin like a squirrel in a wheel, be an experimental chemist. A whole “children’s kingdom” is reserved for children, in which there is a lot of interesting things for inquisitive minds.
Address: Museumsinsel 1, München
What to see: Kids ’Kingdom.
Heureka, Vantaa, Finland
It can be called a museum of scientific attractions. Visitors experiment with the Mobius strip and a Klein bottle, conduct experiments in the laboratory and even raise the car. Here you can make an excursion into the cells of the human body or fly to a distant planet. The museum’s special offer is the ability to ride a bicycle on a tightrope or walk in a spacesuit on the moon’s surface.
Museum website: http://www.heureka.fi
Address: Kuninkaalantie 7, Vantaa
What to see: flying carpet, rat basketball, playground for the construction of houses.
City of Science and Technology, Paris, France
This is a major science center located in La Villette Park. Its exhibitions are devoted to fundamental sciences, but the exhibits are designed to provoke a direct reaction from visitors. For example, here you can ask Monet Lise a question – and get an answer, whisper something in the ear of a person standing at the other end of the hall, using a stone funnel, fly on a flight simulator. For toddlers and middle-aged children, there is a separate science campus in which you can try yourself in various professions and participate in interactive performances in an hour and a half.
Museum website: http://www.cite-sciences.fr
Address: 211, avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris
What to see: “Sound Bubble”, “Robot Russi”.
Technisches Museum Wien, Austria
This museum presents an extensive collection of various inventions in the field of technology: the sewing machine to the airplane. It is especially interesting for children in the physics hall. Here you can get energy by turning the pedals, understand how solar panels charge, or perform an operation on a virtual patient.
Address: Mariahilfer Straße 212, Wien
What to see: mini science area for children 2-6 years old.