As you may know, ReAgent is a corporate member of the Science Museum Group. We sponsor the Science Museum to support the scientific community and encourage people to learn about science. We also feel it is a reflection of our own passion for science.
Being based in the North West, ReAgent has more contact with the Museum of Science and Industry in Mancheste (MOSI) than the Science Museum in London. I have written previously about events we have attended there such as ‘Brains – The Mind As Matter’ last month andManchester Science Festival last October. I don’t visit London very often but I had a day trip to Belgium planned last Friday which meant I’d be staying in the capital for a couple of nights. Given that it could be a while before the opportunity arose again, last Saturday I paid a visit to the Science Museum to take advantage of being a corporate member. It was absolutely brilliant.
What struck me was the sheer size of the place. From the outside, the entrance looks rather unassuming but as soon as you walk inside you are met with an enormous foyer which is probably larger than most museums just by itself. Being so large there are an immense amount of displays and things to do. Obviously I don’t have time to describe everything I looked at so I will just highlight some of the most impressive things for me personally.
Without doubt the best thing about our visit was using the Fly 360° interactive 3D flight simulator. This was nothing short of amazing. You and another person (in my case, my Brother-in-law) are given complete control of a flight simulator which rotates 360 degrees on 2 axis, both sideways and front-to-back. You can do forward rolls, backward rolls, corkscrews and anything else you can think of. The best way to describe it is like you are in a roller coaster, except you are in charge of the steering.
Another amazing experience was the IMAX cinema. I’d been to IMAX cinemas before so I knew what to expect but it was still fantastic. The fact that Science Museum has a full cinema inside gives you an idea just how large Science Museum is. We watched a film called Deep Sea 3D which was all about coral reefs – perfect for IMAX. Incidentally it was narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, which was novel, although I don’t think David Attenborough has anything to worry about!
The Space Gallery was a very interesting display. The highlight for me here was the Apollo Ten Capsule – the actual capsule used by astronauts for re-entry during space missions. It’s considerably smaller than I would have imagined and it would have been extremely snug for the 3 astronauts inside this at a time. At the opposite end of the scale the biggest physical feature in the Space Gallery is a life size replica of ‘The Eagle’ – the landing capsule from the 1969 moon missions.
Other memorable things I saw included the Flight Gallery which displays a wide range of aviation achievements and Stephenson’s Rocket, which is one of the most famous locomotives in history.
In all, I had a brilliant day at Science Museum. It’s a place which can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike. I’m glad I finally took advantage of the corporate membership which ReAgent has at Science Museum and although I saw a lot of things I feel like there was so much left – which is a good excuse as any to go back!