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Our Dynamic Earth (Edinburgh)
Member Name: scuba_angel
Our Dynamic Earth (Edinburgh)
Advantages: educational, indoors in a damp city
Disadvantages: lots of information but not as well presented as could have been and lacking in some scienfic detail
Back in February my boyfriend and I were organised enough to get leave together (shocking isnt it!!!) So we headed north to see his family and have a few daysout.
So we went to Edinburgh, did our usual find a pub to eat and start drinking, after a short time in the pub we decided to see what else there is in Edinburgh apart from a trainm station and pubs. So we headed off in a random direction and stumbled across the new Scottish Parliament building (ugly building isnt it?) and accross the road what looked like a smaller version of the Millenium Dome, intrigued we decided to take a closer look and found that the dome was a science museum, curious we went in. The concept itself is quite good but sadly as a pair of adults wanting to stay dry on a wednesday afternoon the only section that caught our attention was the final section where you are seated in a planetarium style room and watch an interactive show (and even then it was mostly because we could sit and hold hands as well as conduct whispered arguements about our decisions).
The other sections are the first room where there are a few displays which are desgined to introduce you to some of the ideas and information that youll learn more about in the later stages of your tour. Then there is an announcement, 'the time machine wil leave in 1 minute'
So you step in to a lift which descends in to the past. When the doors open you re greeted by your 'pilot' who takes you to the past, the next room is a volcano which is errupting, where there is a video which tells ou about the creation of the earths tectonic plates and how the edges of plates either sink or rise (but no mention of the proper terms for these areas).
Following through there are several other areas including, the tropical seas and rainforest, antarctic (which was at the time closed for a refurb). And finally you walk in to the planetarium room where the time travelling guide explains the earths current trouble and lack of power sources and you are asked to vote on the solutions, then after each vote you are taken forward in time to be shown the results and asked to make another descision. Each persons vote can be seen by others in your seating section as the seat plan shows blue or red depending on your choice.
Then there is the giftshop which tobe honest we didnt even glance at just went straight through and back to the outside world.
The claim that this is the Edinburghs Millenium Dome is about as true as you can get, the building is a dome and its content like the london dome seemed to me like a pointless waste of time and money. I'm sure the site is a great place to visit but for whatever reason it didnt capture our attention in the slightest. There were some interactive items which were computer based but the heights of the consoles are very much designed for children and made it uncomfortable to keep stooping to use them, also the cartoons seemed unnescessarily lengthy and were most likely a source of our disinterest.
The entry cost was around £10 per person but there are obviously child, student, OAP and family options.
Summary: Not worth it.
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