Misc. Monday: Science Museum Fun

I don’t know about you, but I love science museums. So when I found out that the science museum in my city was hosting an Intergalactic-themed, adults-only evening at the museum, I just had to go.

From playing with an Oculus Rift, to petting a jellyfish, to taking a ride in a chair lifted by air, it was a blast! Although I probably would have gone to the event anyway, it was nice that there was a MeetUp organized for it, and that I already knew a lot of the people signed up. The museum’s website advertised the event as Intergalactic themed, and said that costumes were encouraged.

I didn’t feel like throwing together a sub-par cosplay at the last minute, so I just wore a Doctor Who themed dress.

When the group met up, a few of us got in line to play with the Oculus Rift. They let each person play a game on it for a full five minutes, so we probably waited in line for near an hour, but being in the company of so many fellow nerds made it fun.

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The screen shot here doesn’t do the VR experience justice.

This was my first time with any sort of VR, and it was SUPER cool!! I did get a little dizzy when I was playing the game, but not as bad as I had feared.

After we each got to play with the Oculus Rift, the small group I was with met up with the larger group and explored the museum some more. We checked out a room where marshmallows were being put in a space-simulating vacuum, to show what would happen to the human body in space if astronauts didn’t have pressurized suits.

Next we made tin foil hats courtesy of the museum and played around with some life-sized pulleys for a giant game of tug of war.

After that I took a ride in the chair lifted by vacuum pressured air, and my friend got this video.

We wandered around some more and found this heat sensor screen. Both of the guys in this photo are wearing regular glasses, but they look like sunglasses here since there’s no heat coming from them. That crown looking thing on my head is my tin foil hat 😛

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The group then migrated downstairs to the aquarium section of the museum. I’ve gotta say, petting the jellyfish was a really cool feeling! They were very soft and slippery, as one might imagine. If, like me, you’re wondering how they didn’t sting us, apparently some species of jellyfish don’t sting. I love learning new facts like that!

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As the evening at the museum wound to a close, our MeetUp group decided to go out to dinner at a restaurant across the street. I would have stayed in the museum exploring all the cool exhibits the whole night if I could have.

Until next time,

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