Our children ages 5 -14 went to Explorers Hall reluctantly fearful of a school field trip like experience. They readily admitted that they really enjoyed both the 1001 Inventions Exhibit and the Titanic.
We started with 1001 Inventions. It started with a video that intrigued my kids and prepared them for what they would see in the exhibit. The exhibit was relatively small. We spent an hour and that enabled us to read about 80% of the exhibits and walk through all of it. The exhibit focused on muslim inventions during the "Dark Ages" and how they contributed to modern medicine, science etc... It was fascinating and enlightening.
Then we moved into the Titanic exhibit. Though the exhibit didn't have the a large selection of artifacts from the Titanic it did have lots of interactive models and demonstrations of what happened to the ship. The videos of how the Titanic was found and also how it probably broke apart were most fascinating. There is also a projection of the ship under the water on the floor as it appears today. When you walk over it, the pictures changes to how the ship looked originally...pretty neat and greatly entertained my 5 year old. We spent about an hour in this exhibit.
The museum has an extensive gift shop with many of the items that you find in the National Geographic mail order catalog.
Well worth the time and my reluctant kids thought that it was "cool"
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