The Experimentanium Fun Museum of ScienceRussian: Muzey zanimatelnyh nauk «Eksperimentanium» or Музей занимательных наук «Экспериментаниум», is located in the north of Moscow near the SokolRussian: Сокол Metro Station. It is a great place to visit for adults and kids alike. It is a very unusual museum where visitors can and are encouraged to touch, pull, twist and move everything they want, and it is a true paradise for science enthusiasts! Over 300 exhibits are on display, illustrating the laws of mechanics, electricity, acoustics and optics. You are also invited to participate in tricky brain games, and many other things. Science is taught here through activities and games, making learning fun. The Experimentanium was opened in the spring of 2011 and has since become arguably the most popular Moscow museum for kids.
In the Experimentanium, you will discover a lot about how and why things happen. This includes the science behind tsunami formation out at sea, the principles of electricity (you can even have some electricity pass through you!). You can see the world from inside a soap bubble, get into a mirror labyrinth or a pitch-black room, and much more. This museum is interactive, and each item is made of “real” materials (metal, wood or plastic) – most importantly, you are invited to touch everything. Each exhibit provides an overview of a law of physics or a physical phenomenon. The museum is divided into the following areas: optics, acoustics, magnetics, electricity, mechanics and astrophysics.
The halls of the Experimentanium Museum occupy three floors of an old plant with a total area of 3,000 square metres. The halls always resound with the voices of children running from one item to another and asking their parents a bunch of questions. The parents themselves examine the items on display and can read the information plaques at a slower pace. These information plaques accompany every exhibit and provide answers to the following three questions: “What to do?”, “What’s happening?” and, “Why is it so?” This is to help children understand what each item is and why it functions the way it does.
Russia’s only interactive water room room is also extremely popular with kids. This set of exhibits illustrates the laws of hydraulics and hydrodynamics and gives kids a general idea of the concept of hydroelectric power. Children tend to be the most drawn to the LockRussian: Shlyuz or Шлюз playground, where they learn what a lock is and guide a ship through it. Once the ship enters the lock, what’s next? Not every parent can give a plausible answer to this question. The children realise that if they open the gate, all the water will just flow out and the ship will crash! All they have to do is get the ship inside, close the gate and then empty the lock by turning a lever. A lift takes the ship down, and there is nothing more to it. This is how the lock works in practice, and children enjoy learning the mechanism through play.
If you plan a group visit to the museum, you might be interested in booking a general or themed guided tour. A museum guide will take you to the exhibits and explain in layperson’s language which scientific law accounts for the different phenomena you will see, and why this is so.
A visit to the museum can be combined with an educational film screening in the cinema. Screenings are available daily, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The film duration is 25 minutes. Tickets need to be purchased separately, but you must also present your museum ticket at the entrance to the cinema.
Scientific shows with a focus on chemistry, electricity, light, gases and explosions take place in the museum on weekends, on public holidays and during school breaks. Every show lasts for 40 minutes. Some shows are for kids over 4 years of age, others are open only to kids aged 7 and above. The museum regularly adds new shows to its list, so make sure you check the timetable to see what’s on.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com