Our love for science combined with a chilly, foggy, rainy day in Switzerland. That’s how we ended up visiting the Swiss Science Center Technorama in Winthertur. We are not huge fans of museums in general, the only exceptions are natural history and science museums. We had already been to several of those including the most famous (and very good!) ones when we spent a week in Switzerland last spring.
We haven’t thought any other museum can compete with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. or the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Not that we don’t know it’s not the point. They are all different and we don’t remember any natural history or science museum where we didn’t find something unique and exciting. Still we have our favorites.
Science = a bunch of exciting experiments?
But exploring new museums was not the plan for Switzerland. Who wants to be in a museum when there are the Alps? Well, it looks like us – at least if it’s damn cold and wet outside. And Alps or not, it doesn’t really matter if you can’t see anything in the fog. So we can be thankful to Mother Nature for discovering the best science museum in Europe!
Actually, Technorama is not a science museum. As its name says it’s a science center. It doesn’t want to teach you, it let you experiment science with all of your senses. By the way, that is teaching, probably the best way of teaching!
What to love there?
All the three floors of Technorama is full of interactive exhibitions. Only interactive exhibitions, nothing else. And that’s why we loved it so much. Because it’s exciting. It doesn’t bore us with theory rather it encourages us to try out new things. And that’s why we think it’s probably one of the best places in the world for education. Because the only real motivation for learning is curiosity. Curiosity means discovering the world. Trying things out.
And there we could do try things out. From electromagnetic games to optical illusions. We could experience that mathematics is not that thing that everyone hates in school and only a few genius is good at it, mathematics is part of everyday life. We could get close to a lightning. We could see earth’s phenomena like earthquakes, pulsing magma, winds or sand-dunes in scaled-down versions. We could experience that how we see the word is determined in our head. Our mind could mislead us.
What not to love?
The only thing bothering us when visiting Technorama was that it was full. Mostly full of kids and their parents. It was busy and noisy. Probably because it was a Saturday. On the other hand, we were happy to see so many excited kids there. It’s just that excited kids are usually all shouting and that could be a bit too much. At least to us. 😀 So if you want to have the exhibitions all to yourself you could probably try a weekday.
The other thing about kids… It looks like we are excited about the same museums and exhibitions as most kids. I don’t know whether we should feel embarrassed about it, but we don’t. Rather we are happy to satisfy the curiosity of the kid inside us. And we love that kid.
Are you interested in sciences? What kind of exhibitions do you like?