12 reviews of Our Dynamic Earth in English
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Really wasn't impressed with Our Dynamic Earth... I went with two boys aged 6 and 7. Their favourite part? Climbing on the big rock sculptures on the lawn outside! The "interactive" exhibitions were OK, but there was a lot of info that had to be read to the kids which of course bored them to death. The worst part was the IMAX cinema section, where we were treated to a disgustingly preachy film which was not kid-friendly at all and seemed solely designed to make all the adults in the audience feel ashamed for being alive. There was also the "option" to vote after seeing each segment of the film, but the "no" buttons were all missing from our handsets so we had no choice - the vote was rigged!! We came out feeling 'told off,' and the kids cross and bored. For a huge price, too!
The most exciting part our child had while visiting this exhibition was the train ride there when a train was passing in the opposite direction.
I’ve not been to a single science exhibit of this stature in the UK or the US that fails to capture the imagination quite like this one does. Not only are their typos on their displaysbut they can’t even locate Yellowstone park correctly on their earthquake map for Yogi’s sake.
It’s not just the small things the mismatching of the video screens, particularly in the polar section, is really off-putting and maybe they want you to sit in case you get motion sickness and fall over?
It’s dull, I don’t mean the topic but the whole experience, which is in fairly low light,with loads of text to read to the young ones it’s very much a lesson in reading.
Loads of text without a lot of contrast.E.G, The ocean section has sheets that undulate the text back and forward and unless you are right at the bar it’s pretty hard to pick up.
Food is basic and well it’s edible so let’s leave it at that .Here we have yet another ecologically aware science exhibit that sells utter crap in the gift shop for the most part. It would be nice if they could practice the kind of restraint the walls urge the visitors to do.
It’s not all bad the 360 theater is pretty impressive but a really basic movie was showing on the day we went. I.E., what’s an astronomer? The movie overstates Galileo a bit and left Copernicus out entirely,that’s nice but it’s indicative of the cursory geology, astronomy, biology et all within the exhibit that tries to fit too much into a small space and everything suffers from it. I think kids over 7 will start to get more out of it but it’s light for things to do below that age.
I have visited Our Dynamic Earth once and will never go back.
I found it extremely dissapointing after all the hype. There is a lot of information written all over the walls and we seemed to spend at least half our visit reading aloud to our youngsters. It was fine for a while but soon became tedious.
The exhibits themselves are interesting enough but there were very few interactive displays so the kids soon got bored.
I found the whole place expensive, from the entrance fees to the gift shop and food.
I seriously would advise friends of mine to give it a miss - it’s pretty dire.
Over hyped, Over inflated and Over priced.
we have been twice and loved it on both visits - good for children and adults, informative without being preachy. We loved the bit at the end where you get to sit in comfy chairs and vote for solutions to ecological problems projected onto the ceiling. Great fun with a reasonably priced cafe (for once) with decent food and a great gift shop. We would visit again I think it’s worth the entry fee.
This place is really dissappointing. I’ve had to go a couple of times with work and the first time I went it was ok, with a fun 'time-travel’ lift. However, the next two times I went the lift wasn’t working and there was no apology or substitute.
As a main city attraction, i think this is a bit pricey. It is very similar to attractions you would find in the EPCOT park in Floridas disney World. It is pretty interesting and it is easy to spend longer than expected in some of the areas.
The iceberg and the rain forest are particularly well done and it is too easy to fall asleep while lying down watching the stars
I visited Dynamic earth as a college trip. I was pretty impressed. There was lots to do and see and you wander around. very educational but in a fun way.
I liked the huge block of ice that represented an ice berg and the area where you lie on the floor under a huge starry dome and watch film clips on global warming.
Alhtough aimed at kids it is interesting for adults too.
worth a visit.
Visiting Dynamic Earth is quite literally like stepping in to a time machine. Each section of the museum is a fascinating hands-on journey through time, revealing the complexities and diversity that is our planet. The immensity of the “Big Bang” is brought closer to home with shaking floors and lifelike volcanic eruptions, while the polar extremes are brought to our doorstep with a real iceberg. A portion of a tropical rainforest is created with accurate proportions and is brought to life with convincing models of mammals that blink and move when the rain falls on the trees and plants. All of this activity and movement is laced with informative voice-overs that invite you to explore and journey with them through the ages.
Given that there is so much to see, do and experience, walking through the whole of Dynamic Earth can easily take up to three or four hours as this is something that you certainly do not want to rush. The super-friendly and enthusiastic staff are always on hand to answer any questions.
I loved this museum when I visited, when you are younger the thought of a museum normally means something boring but this is quite the opposite. Within the museum there are lots of activitiues to take part in such as the volcanic eruption where you stand on a platform and see what it would be like in an erruption, the ice room, the tropical rainforest and lots more. It is quite well priced at just the same as most other museums and it has much more to offer!
I was quite young when this museum opened, and I just loved it. I would still love to go back there now, such was the ambition and flair of the place that there would be few people, regardless of age, that it would fail to impress. I can remember more details of this place than any other museum; the tiny dinosaur coming out of an egg, the huge jungle room and the real iceberg, smoothed by people’s instinctive gesture to touch. At least this is a museum that encourages the hands-on approach, and every room is an experience rather than a display cabinet of boredom like so many traditional museums can be. There are themes within the museum: desert, jungle; arctic etc, and each one is done to perfection in a unique way that inspires the interest of the unruliest kids. Located next to Arthur’s Seat, the museum is under a huge dome and when the entrance looks as good as that, you know you’re in for a treat.
Our Dynamic Earth is a modern museum. It tells the story of how the earth came to what it is. It has loads for kids and adults. There is loads to see and do and the prices are reasonable. I would suggest that it would fill about half a day!
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