It is free to go into almost all of the museums in Bologna and this one is amazing - due in large part to the work of an 18th century female artist/anatomist who made models to enable medics to study the human body. Some are wax and some are human bone and wax. I would not recommend a visit if you are pregnant - the obstetrics section, although fascinating, could be upsetting: it contains midwife-training models of wombs illustrating difficult foetal presentations, many of which would surely have resulted in infant and/or maternal death.
It also contains (less alarming!) sections on natural history and physics.
I have been to the last two Cheltenham Science Festivals and I cannot wait for this year's to start! With a huge range of events from the family-friendly Experitent to the adult-orientated debates and discussions, the festival really does cater for anyone and everyone. This year the festival braves taboo topics, which is sure to spark passionate debates, active discussions and controversial arguments.
If you haven't done so already, get out there and buy an event ticket or three - you won't be disappointed!
Innovatum is founded on the old NOHAB industrial area, which once housed production facilities of trains, diesel engines and water turbines. The industrial shell gives a charming frame to a science centre - fun and enlightening for both young and old, a SAAB car museum - a must for all car enthusiasts and SAAB lovers, as well as a restaurant, a tourist information bureau and a whole lot more. The setting is further enhanced by the beauty of the nearby canal.
In the outskirts of Trollhattan city centre. Can be reached on foot or by bus. Further directions from their website. www.innovatum.se
My favourite place is Eureka. I chose it because it’s all about science and I like science. The best thing about Eureka is it has loads of fun activities you can do. It is in Halifax near Hebden Bridge. For once, this place was crowded. It took a quarter of an hour to get inside. I saw a big statue sink into the bath. It made a huge splash and luckily the water went down a couple of pipes.
I went to see clouds that you can move. There were rain clouds and clouds we have today. After that we went to Me and My Body. A robot talks about what has happened to himself. We saw a mouth and we put beanbags into it and saw how we chew, bite and swallow food.
Then we saw a rat mask that you put on top of your head to make you look like a giant rat. We made our way into a place where you could feel your very own hairs in your nose! I felt the hairs and afterwards we saw a skull and I pulled a funny face. Then we went to the bike and you pedal on it to see what your skeleton looks like in the mirror. Finally we saw a big mouth and it had a wobbly tooth. Now that is what I call science!
From Hettie Bennicke (age 7).
This is a great place to go anytime of the year. I like it because there are lots of things to play and interact with and you can learn about new and unusual things while having fun. I’ve been lots of times and I never tire because I know there will be new exhibits each time I go.
From Neill Andrew (age 12).
At the far end of the Royal Mile is the Outlook Tower, and inside is one of the most remarkable of inventions from the mid-nineteenth century, a Camera Obscura. To visit this is to fall in love with Victorian technology with its gleaming brass and polished mahogany.
Climb to the top of the tower and enter a darkened room with a white circular table in the middle. At the appointed hour a guide appears for the ritual. Above the table in the summit of the tower is a complex arrangement of ropes and pulleys that ingeniously manipulate a variety of lenses. The guide, by means of these, can make images of the streets below appear on the white table, complete with people and traffic. So clever is the system that it is possible to zoom in on individuals, who appear with the most startling clarity.
Visit the Camera Obscura and be captivated by its archaic charm. There is a fascination about this mechanism, which ensures that any subsequent visits to the city will include a return to the Outlook Tower.
And forget the camcorder.
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh;
tel: 0131 226 3709;
Incorporating the Planetarium, the ScienceWorks museum in Melbourne brings a new slant on science... it's not boring, it's not drab, this museum of science brings excitement to this topic!
With hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, tours, activities and shows, science has never been quite this much fun and also you can have fun exploring the mysteries of science and today's technology. It's a great place for kids too with lots of things for them. It's close to the CBD (1 km over the Westgate bridge) and parking is free.
2 Booker Street Spotswood, Victoria, Australia Ph +613 9392 4800
Stunning views, smog-permitting, of LA from this iconic observatory that has featured in many a film. You're really out in the woods on the drive to Mt Wilson, which is refreshing after hectic L.A. The mountain is also a hotspot for paragliders.
19 miles (approx 45 min. driving time) from the Angeles Crest Highway exit from the I-210 freeway in La Canada-Flintridge. Turn north toward the mountains and follow Angeles Crest Highway (California Route 2) for about 14 miles.
A fascinating showcase of over 360 years of the University of Utrecht, it has an amazing range of scientific instruments, human and animal specimens, geological curiosities, medical materials and archeological discoveries. It also has a pleasant botanical garden.
Lange Nieuwstraat 106; www.uu.nl/uupublish/4192main.html
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