I've been here a few times, both to the dedicated children's playing hall downstairs and the general exhibition halls upstairs. Overall, one might sum it up by saying what once was is no more. That is, it was great when it first opened but now, and after only a few years, it has become shoddy and really needs a good overhaul.
My most recent visit was during holidays so the place was incredibly busy. However, this is really no excuse to allow the toilets to get up the stink that they do nor to be content to dump open black bin bags on the floor and allow rubbish to accumulate. Well done to the girl who attempted, albeit in vain, to point a mother to the toilets before her toddler was held over the bin to their business while Granny went to get a mop. Nice. Good to see that those 5000 years of civilization I hear so much about are evidenced in everyday behaviour.
Whilst it is an impressive building, its content suffers from neglect. I lost count of the number of broken things and many of the instructions had worn away from repeated touching. The English is a bit limited too in most areas. Even generally, the fittings appear scruffy and the floor really, really needs a thorough clean. It's as if the management simply don't care.
On the positive side, there remains enough to keep the youngsters occupied for at least a couple of hours but I think most adults would soon find it frustrating and uninformative. I was glad to leave.
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