Science and Technology Museum
This weekend my family and I had some free time and after considerable debate on which place to visit in Shanghai zeroed down on the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
After an afternoon at the place – the unanimous verdict was… “What a waste of time..!”
Why do we say that?
Well, we started with a brief stop at a replica (I think) of one of the ancient Beijing observatory tools – the Armillary Sphere — we had seen a version of it in Beijing – and did not know its name, so we were excited to see it in the corner of the front yard at the museum. We were going to learn something 🙂 Well, not so fast…
The plaque above gives some basic idea as to what the Sphere is supposed to do…but I wish it actually gave us the understanding of how it worked…
Then we went into the museum and the same story repeated itself.
Here is our summary – from both adults and daughter (who loves technology):
- the physical plant is great – I mean the museum building is very impressive
- but the exhibits are underwhelming!
- I wish the various exhibits would stimulate questions and provide some level of science foundation to the visitors thus sparking more interest.
- Instead the exhibits are done to the level of kindergarten kids with very little learning being built in…
- I doubt there is an elementary or middle school kid who does not know already that robots can play chess or solve the rubic cube problem… – you have to have lived under a rock not to know that the Rubik’s cube can be done by a machine; Those were some of the main exhibits in the Robotics area.
I guess enough with the examples. One more interesting observation – the visitors guide – at least the one we found at the entrance – was published ONLY in Chinese.
A museum is supposed to inspire learning, raise your interest. I guess this was not much of the intent (in my opinion) of this one…Oh, well….