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2017/11/05 Hong Kong Science Museum
π 2017-11-05 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
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The Hong Kong Science Museum, just across from the History Museum, is a pretty good museum too, although if time is limited, the History Museum is a better bet. Still, they have a great multi floor ball machine:












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2017/11/03 Macau Science Museum
π 2017-11-03 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
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While in Macau, we went to check out the science museum, and while the building was being repaired after a recent typhoon, but the inside exhibhits were actually quite good:


the exhibits are still in portuguese, chinese, and thankfully english
the exhibits are still in portuguese, chinese, and thankfully english

Jennifer beat me at hang from the monkey bar :)
Jennifer beat me at hang from the monkey bar :)

interesting demo of acceleration
interesting demo of acceleration




Macau is building a monorail (LRT), because monorail!
Macau is building a monorail (LRT), because monorail!




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2017/08/15 London Science Museum
π 2017-08-15 00:00 in Greatbritain2017, Sciencemuseums
I had planned to spend 2-3H in London's Science Museum, and ended up spending 4H+ until they closed and kicked me out :)

It definitely had interesting and unusal exhibits (at least for adults) and I smiled when I saw reviews that they didn't have enough basic things for small kids to bang violently on until they broke :)

[The aviation part of that museum itself was quite impressive and I put it in its own page|/perso/flying/post_2017-08-15_London-Science-Museum_s-Airplane-Section.html


nice to see a streetview bike
nice to see a streetview bike










I got to learn how multicord encoding worked at the time
I got to learn how multicord encoding worked at the time

kind of sad when I know some historical communication devices :)
kind of sad when I know some historical communication devices :)

nice to see more silicon lingots in museums, that's where all our chips come from
nice to see more silicon lingots in museums, that's where all our chips come from




the UK has several crappy 3 wheeled cars because taxes/insurance for them was cheaper
the UK has several crappy 3 wheeled cars because taxes/insurance for them was cheaper


gotta love old commercials
gotta love old commercials

even a section on genetics, including this 7 toed cat.
even a section on genetics, including this 7 toed cat.

or less fun, but good to mention, this euthanasia machine
or less fun, but good to mention, this euthanasia machine

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2017/08/13 London War Museum
π 2017-08-13 00:00 in Greatbritain2017, Sciencemuseums
The london war museum was another place that was worth the time. It is in an inconvenient place away from town center, but has 5 floors of displays on multiple war periods, including recent wars, and even a section on the whole recent mess in Syria.




nice V2 rocket
nice V2 rocket






human guided torpedo
human guided torpedo


They had a nice display about Mi6, the secret intelligence (as opposed to the MI5 james bond agents). Several of them infiltrated France during WWII and helped the French resistance to fight the germans:


spy equipment
spy equipment


fake papers
fake papers


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2017/08/09 York National Railway Museum
π 2017-08-09 00:00 in Greatbritain2017, Sciencemuseums
While I'm not a huge train nerd, I do enjoy train technology, so it was nice to see the York National Railway Museum. While it doesn't match the best train museumf I've seen in the world, namely Nagoya's SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, it was a good one too, and worth a 2H+ visit:




the mail train allowed agents to sort the mail while it was transiting to its destination
the mail train allowed agents to sort the mail while it was transiting to its destination

the eurostar that takes you from Paris to London, based on the TGV
the eurostar that takes you from Paris to London, based on the TGV

they had an original japanese bullet train
they had an original japanese bullet train

that original train was very spacious inside, probably too much so for real speed
that original train was very spacious inside, probably too much so for real speed


nice diesel engine
nice diesel engine

nice cutout of a steam engine
nice cutout of a steam engine

I had no idea it went through a bunch of tubes like this
I had no idea it went through a bunch of tubes like this



Mallard, fastest steam train in the world at the time
Mallard, fastest steam train in the world at the time


The back had a shop where they work on old trains:




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2017/08/07 Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland
π 2017-08-07 00:00 in Greatbritain2017, Sciencemuseums
Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland is a almost a museum of everything, well not quite, but it's 5 museums in one:
  • history museum of scotland (all the way back to prehistoric)
  • museum of natural history
  • science museum
  • how scotland used to be part of the tech industry
  • art museum
  • I naively thought 4H woudl do it, but honestly not quite. Had I known I'd have started a bit more quickly than I actually did.

    I probably spent a bit too long in the prehistoric section, which was nice:


    A good section of the people who used to live in Scotland, all the way back to the Romans and Vikings:



    how scotland was fighting england
    how scotland was fighting england

    coins for all occasions
    coins for all occasions


    cigarette for soldiers in hospitals, brilliant!
    cigarette for soldiers in hospitals, brilliant!

    A good portion of the museum was a nice natural history museum:



    funny how that old dinosaur looks a lot like the pretended lock ness monster :)
    funny how that old dinosaur looks a lot like the pretended lock ness monster :)




    nice collection of felines :)
    nice collection of felines :)


    did I mention felines? :)
    did I mention felines? :)


    The science museum section also had good displays:




    dolly the sheep, the one that was cloned
    dolly the sheep, the one that was cloned


    printing press
    printing press

    Peter Higgs who theorized the Higgs boson over 50 years before Cern was finally able to confirm its existence
    Peter Higgs who theorized the Higgs boson over 50 years before Cern was finally able to confirm its existence




    nice collection of computers, most european:
    nice collection of computers, most european:




    A floor showed how Scotland was very much involved in the tech industry, including semi conductors:

    huge silicon lingo that wafers and chips are made from
    huge silicon lingo that wafers and chips are made from



    A nice collection of art from around the world:






    I so barely finished in 4H and had to rush some bits. Without a proper map and navigation it's a bit of a mess to visit though due to multiple kinds of museums all mixed into one. That said, well worth the visit, too bad it closes kind of early (17:00).

    2017/06/26 Intel Computer Museum in Santa Clara
    π 2017-06-26 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
    While my friend Patrick was visiting, we went to visit the intel computer museum that is nearby. It's not huge, but worth an hour. They have a good history of computing from their perspective, including all the chips they made over time. Nice to see them again.



    huge piece of silicon wafers are made of
    huge piece of silicon wafers are made of

    looks like this when done
    looks like this when done



    2016/09/28 Munich's Deutsches Museum
    π 2016-09-28 00:00 in Germany2016, Sciencemuseums
    Because we spent quite a bit of time at the BMW Factory and Museum, we only had about 2H left, which for a huge museum like the Munich Deutsches Museum, is totally not enough time, even running through it, but I figured 2H there was better than nothing at all, so we gave it our best shot :)
    To make matters worse, it had lots of interesting displays that I started reading, so that slow me down further :) It's a huge collection of lots of things that are science related in one way or another, from planes to transportation, to mining, to medicine, biotech, to early computers, calculators and measuring instruments, telescopes, and many many more...

    In the end, I probably got to see about 1/3rd of it well enough and another few bits with fast walking, before I got cornered and tackled by the museum guards and thrown out ;)

    A few pictures:













    a rand tube computer, I've only seen another one at the computer history museum in Mountain View
    a rand tube computer, I've only seen another one at the computer history museum in Mountain View







    nice display showing how many transistors you have in an early micro processor
    nice display showing how many transistors you have in an early micro processor



    There was much more to see, but no time. Hopefully I'll be able to go back another day for a full day this time.

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    2016/08/22 Ontario Science Museum in Toronto
    π 2016-08-22 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
    We then found our way to the Ontario Science Museum, a bit far away, but in a very nice facility on multiple levels following a hill down:








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    2016/07/12 Tokyo Science Museum
    π 2016-07-12 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
    This cience museum in a non descript building in Tokyo was actually well worth the visit:






    Demo on how to limit the effect of earthquakes in buildings:

    Watch the demo with the balloons in the video, it's super "cool" :)


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