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2020/11/06 Oklahoma City Museum of Osteology
π 2020-11-06 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
This one was of the 4 museums we saw in Oklahoma City during our big trip from the Bay Area to Dallas.

Before leaving OKC, we went to the Museum of Osteology, which was surprisingly good:


























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2020/11/05 Oklahoma City Science Museum
π 2020-11-05 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
This one was of the 4 museums we saw in Oklahoma City during our big trip from the Bay Area to Dallas.

Another nice museum in OKC was the Science Museum. It was worth a good 3H and did a good job having kid friendly and child resistant sections while having better exhibits for adults that wreen't too damaged by said kids. By US science museum standards, it was pretty good. Their small planetarium was definitely better than average:







the museum was near empty, so a good time for Jennifer to try their segway
the museum was near empty, so a good time for Jennifer to try their segway









I can't quite explain how, but Jennifer made it through the tight rope. Well done
I can't quite explain how, but Jennifer made it through the tight rope. Well done










Jennifer wasn't having any fun :)
Jennifer wasn't having any fun :)

Good times.

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2020/10/01 Ely Nevada Northern Railway Museum
π 2020-10-01 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
While on US-50, the loniest road in america, we stopped at the star attraction (the remaining ones were really B or C), the Ely Nevada Northern Railway Museum. It is in no way one of the best train museums I've seen (especially after SCMAGLEV and Railway Park south of Nagoya, or the one in York), but it was still an enjoyable stop. Those trains used to go to a nearby copper mine, from steam to diesel-electric:











found a lovely little kitten
found a lovely little kitten

once a day during that time of the season, a train takes passengers to the mine
once a day during that time of the season, a train takes passengers to the mine

And that was it for Ely Nevada Northern Railway Museum, it was time to get back on the road...

2020/01/02 Paris' Palais de la Decouverte
π 2020-01-02 01:01 in Paris, Sciencemuseums
Palais de la Découverte was the first science museum I went to when I was a kid, it had impressive exhibits then some 30 years ato, and they just added even newer ones, keeping the old favourites. Unfortunately the museum is scheduled to be moved to a lesser and smaller location in 2020, losing irreplaceable history and impressive exhibits.
I've been to many science museums around the world, and this is one of the top ones in the world, and honestly the best one in the world in amount of cool big scale experiments they had in a single building.

When we found that out, we spent 1.5 days going through all the presentations they had during the Xmas holidays, and we saw most but not all of the static exhibits:

it is located at the back of the grand palais, an iconic building in Paris
it is located at the back of the grand palais, an iconic building in Paris



The different presentations were definitely a highlight:

exhibits on magnetism, showing magnets lose their properties when they are too warm
exhibits on magnetism, showing magnets lose their properties when they are too warm

more interesting: stream of liquid gas is susceptible to magnetism
more interesting: stream of liquid gas is susceptible to magnetism

supraconductive material, when cooled sufficiently will stay in a magnetic equilibrium
supraconductive material, when cooled sufficiently will stay in a magnetic equilibrium

The museum's high power experiments (static electricity and electro magnets) have been there forever and are always a favourite:


nice generator, 330kV
nice generator, 330kV





go big, or go home
go big, or go home

induced electric currents from magnetism allow for levitation, and it's hot
induced electric currents from magnetism allow for levitation, and it's hot


There were lots of other exhibit of course:





it's all about density, yes this is real water and a real bowling ball
it's all about density, yes this is real water and a real bowling ball



Multiple sections on animals

the ants exhibit was cool
the ants exhibit was cool






the queen
the queen

termites too
termites too


the octopus demo was cool too
the octopus demo was cool too

it gets to open a jar with a crab inside
it gets to open a jar with a crab inside

and eat the yummy crab
and eat the yummy crab

The 2nd day, we came at opening time to see some static exhibits before the presentations started:


We then went to see the excellent supraconductivity:



and then came the time for the full scale maglev demo
and then came the time for the full scale maglev demo

a bit of time to cool down the supraconductive magnets
a bit of time to cool down the supraconductive magnets


and then it was Jennifer's turn:

There plenty of other presentations:

turning gas into solid
turning gas into solid

oxygen in the air liquefies first, and causes flammable liquid
oxygen in the air liquefies first, and causes flammable liquid

safety goggles are for other people :)
safety goggles are for other people :)

they had bucket fulls of liquid gas to play with
they had bucket fulls of liquid gas to play with



After 1.5 days, we didn't quite get the time to see it all, but we made a good dent. The staff and demonstrator were awesome. I'm really sad that this museum will close forever in less tha na year.

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2019/10/12 Prague's Narodni Technicke Museum
π 2019-10-12 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
While in Prague, I went to check out the local science museum, and it was surprisingly good, worth 4H or 5H if you do the underground mine tour which looks surprisingly believable.

The main hall was transportation with nice displays:













There were lots of other rooms about research and science:




The bottom floor was about mining, and had lots of interesting equipment:










Another floor was about printing presses:




Another room yet on astronomy:


And more rooms I didn't all picture here. Definitely worth a visit.

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2019/02/08 Sciences de Montreal
π 2019-02-08 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
While it's not a top science museum, and while it has a weird layout and unused space, there are some fun displays that took a few hours:




fun video on sound:








A nice expo on first natives:



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2018/10/20 Denver Museum Nature and Science
π 2018-10-20 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
While in Denver, I figured I'd go see the Museum Nature and Science before seeing a few other things that day. Little did I know that I'd spend the entire day in the museum from open to close (09:00 to 17:00).

While the museum has lots of displays, most of them are displays of many animals around the world, and they were surprisingly well made:
















Pikas!
Pikas!

baby birds, so cute
baby birds, so cute













The prehistoric section was well made too:











Also a small Egyptian section:




Also a small section on native americans:


Also a section onthe human body:




Other rooms had very nice collections of crystals:






I didn't have enough time for it, I could have spent several hours there, but they had a special exhibition which was a lot of brain teasers. That was fun, but I had to limit my time there. Too bad it likely won't be there next time I'm in Denver.




And I finished up with teh space section:



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2018/10/14 Musee des Arts et Metiers
π 2018-10-14 01:01 in Paris, Sciencemuseums
I can't believe that in all these years, I never went to Musée des Arts et Métiers. It's a wonderful science museum that focuses on machines over the years, and doesn't have the hords of screaming kids, which is a huge plus :)


































Most people don't know that the first heavier than air aircraft was french and dated from the late 1800's. It was however a poor aircraft that was not well controlable, so history didn't remember it as the first aircraft:




More interestingly, the museum is attached to a church was was repurposed as display space:





We ended up spending much longer than planned there, and it was worth even more. Greatly recommended.

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2018/05/29 Manila Natural History Museum
π 2018-05-29 01:01 in Philippines, Sciencemuseums
This was our last museum in Manila on our way to the airport. While the building looked quite big at first, a lot of the exhibit floors were not open yet, so we actually got done in 30mn or so when we had 1h. Still what we saw was quite good, although it lasted about as long as the painful line to get in the building, sigh...

line for the security check, then line for signing in, and then line to check in your bag
line for the security check, then line for signing in, and then line to check in your bag








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2018/05/26 Manila Antropology Museum
π 2018-05-26 01:01 in Philippines, Sciencemuseums
Another Museum in Manila, worth the visit too.











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