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“DaVinci Exhibit Excellent” 5 of 5 stars
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Arizona Science Center
600 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-716-2000
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Ranked #27 of 221 things to do in Phoenix
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Owner description: A museum with over 300 hands-on exhibits that keep visitors involved.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Jefferson, Maryland
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“DaVinci Exhibit Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Most of the exhibits are geared for elementary aged students but the DaVinci exhibit compensated for that. We were in town for the international science fair and received a discount. The DaVinci exhibit was extensive and amazing. I highly recommend it.

Visited May 2013
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phoenix
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“awesome place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

there is NOTHING not to like about this place. Hands on for everyone, educational, fun, interesting. THE place to go if you visit Phoenix.

Visited June 2012
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Apache Junction, Arizona
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“Lots to do for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

A great attraction for young and old but the kids will love the abundance of hands on activities they can participate in.

Visited April 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Wonderful, but can be unpleasantly overcrowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We went to see the daVinci exhibit (really excellent, with some true mind-blowing parts - especially the remarkable investigation of the Mona Lisa!), but found that we couldn't get near any of the other parts of the museum because the whole building was literally wall-to-wall school children, almost all of whom were under no effective adult supervision or control. We are thrilled that children can visit this amazing, interactive place, but those in charge of operations were letting far too many visitors (99% of them busloads of school children) in at one time. We visited in mid-Spring, admittedly the time in the school year when teachers want to schedule as many field trips as possible, but venues similar to ASC strictly control the number of large groups they admit on any given day. ASC needs to do the same. Fees here are expensive, so visitors like us really got badly cheated. If crowd control had been better, we would certainly give ASC five stars; as it was, we would only give it three and a half stars if that were possible.

A few comments about eating here. The in-house Cafe serves good, prepared-to-order burgers, passable sandwiches and salads, snacks and beverages. But be advised that this Cafe is in a windowless room, inside a raw-concrete-walled building, so it feels like a bunker or the basement of a factory. Sound is amplified, so the room can be disturbingly noisy. There is also a room called The Lunchroom, a place much like a school lunchroom, where people can eat lunches they bring themselves. Industrial-style picnic tables are provided, as are vending machines. Convenient, but not much atmosphere.

We will return some day this summer, when school is out, to experience the various great offerings here, but this visit was disappointing. And exhausting.

Visited April 2013
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Panama City, Florida
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“Nice afternoon entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I like that this center is more science than play focused (Phoenix has a nearby kids museum for younger kids). Because of that, I would say it is better for kids probably 7 and older. Younger kids would certainly be entertained but would not really understand everything. Also, don't think you need children to visit. There were plenty of kidless couples, teenagers and adults enjoying the exhibits the day we were there. They have the typical museum store and small concessions area. We got free entry through ASTC reciprocity.

Visited April 2013
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