COSI

Rating: ***1/2

Link: http://www.cosi.org/

Quick Review: A cool little museum about science…designed more for kids.

Okay, COSI (Center Of Science and Industry) is not a kid’s museum. It is designed to teach kids, but even adults can learn there.

“A good museum cannot be just a warehouse of Artifacts. It also must tell a story.” COSI does this. From brightly lit exhibits to plenty of hands on displays, COSI has a little bit of something. That also is the problem. While exploring the museum the first timer might learn a lot of new stuff. On subsequent visits one might not learn anything new.

The museum is broken into 5 distinct separate sections with each section teaching something different. The sections are well done although a bit small. While basic information about the subject matter is taught, no space is left for any real in-depth study. This is great for kids learning about a subject but not so much a place to “explore more information.” It is like a Reading Rainbow book review. “To know more visit your local library”

The “Extreme screen” is extreme. What major museums IMAX isn’t. The format is available at many places and shows many great movies. Don’t think that the screen is the only reason to go to the theater. The shows are awesome. IMAX has some of the best documentaries out there. The screen helps. As with anything that has been around over 100 years there are some not so good aspects. Think about the show playing before buying a ticket. If you wouldn’t rent it from a library, why pay to see it.

Overall COSI is a good museum to take kids to or Visit once.

Quick Tip: The life section is a bit too adult for some kids. (Testing for testicular cancer anyone?) AVOID SCHOOL DAYS (too many school kids.)

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for your comments on COSI and the Extreme Screen Theater – part of my job here at COSI is to bring in the films and manage the theater, so I am always happy to hear someone who enjoyed the experience.

    One thing that you mentioned that we are really working hard on is the “learn something the next time” idea and the way we are working on it is with having community partners – Universities, companies, other cultural organizations come and provide additional experiences and have special theme days on the weekends. Hopefully this will help keep things fresh in addition to having a new film or exhibit every three months.

    We’re regularly tweeting about our events and happenings you can follow us at http://www.twitter.com/cosicols

    Thanks for your visit and your comments!

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