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by Yaniza Doré (subscribe)
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Published January 28th 2013
A day of smart fun at The Science Museum

The Science Museum in London is a great place to spend the day if you're feeling adventurous and thirsty for knowledge! While this free museum is packed with a wide variety of exhibits, shows, and interactive activities that are fun for all ages, I was particularly interested in the following five displays that were most interesting for my twenty-something age group.

1. Web Lab

As an experiment created by Google, the web lab was one of the most interactive parts of the science museum. As you walk in to a room filled with unusual, yet captivating, technology, you are asked to obtain your very own unique Lab Tag.

The Lab Tag acts as a free souvenir that allows you to take the fun of the Web Lab home with you. Each activity in the exhibit involves creating your own masterpieces, such as creating music through dots on a screen. By inserting your Lab Tag into the slot while you create, you can save your masterpiece and listen to it later on your home computer by using your webcam to scan it! Pretty cool, huh?

2. The Secret Life of the Home

At this cool display, museum-goers get to take a peak inside our every-day household appliances and learn how they function. Of particular interest to my classmates and I was the toilet, equipped with fake poo and a blurb to explain how it travels through the WC. Kind of gross, but interesting nonetheless.

3. Making the Modern World

This exhibit is one of the more educational parts of the museum, and it shows various forms of technology as it changed over time. From musical instruments to medical instruments to the first computer, Making the Modern World takes you on a journey from the 1750s up to present day. Each preserved item corresponds to a written explanation of how it was used similarly and differently over time.

4. The Shake Bar
I don't know about you, but museum excursions make me hungry, and the Shake Bar is a refreshing place to snack before you continue exploring. You can get a savoury baguette to satisfy your hunger, or sweet, freshly mixed milkshake to cool down. With the variety of flavours and toppings available at the Shake Bar, you'll experience part of the fun in choosing what to get.

5. Who am I?

Finally, 'Who am I?' is another one of the museum's most interactive exhibits. It's perfect for anyone interested in genetics and it presents information in a way that children can comprehend, and adults can still enjoy. One of my favourite parts of 'Who am I?' is the machine that records your voice and transforms it into different pitches and speeds. Another popular one is the photo machine that transforms your face into the opposite gender.

As you can tell, The Science Museum has so much to do, with activities within exhibits that will make you want to stay and play all day. I have visited the museum twice now and I plan on going again to check out other displays that I may have missed.
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