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Macao Science Center

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Address: Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau, China
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: 853-28880822
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Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Macao Science Center (MSC) aims to promote science popularization and...

Macao Science Center (MSC) aims to promote science popularization and education among local adolescents, compliment tourism development in Macao and provide a regional platform for science education, convention and exhibition. With a gross floor area of 20,000 square metres, MSC consists of the Exhibition Center, the Planetarium and the Convention Center. The Exhibition Center, in the shape of an inclined cone, is the tallest building that contains 14 galleries arranged in an upward spiral. The dome-shaped Planetarium is flanked by the fan-shaped Convention Center and office building. Supporting facilities include a gift shop, restaurants and a nursery room, providing visitors with a full range of services. The 5,800-square metres Exhibition Center consists of 14 galleries and an atrium. The 12 permanent galleries cover topics in Space Science, Fun Science, Children Science, Science Express, Robotic, Sound, Earth, Genetics (DNA), Eco Conservation, Sport Health, Sport Challenge and Food Science. There are 2 galleries reserved for special exhibitions. The exhibitions seek to provide knowledge-oriented, scientific and interesting interactive exhibits, and allow visitors to explore science in a hands-on way. Awarded the highest resolution 3D planetarium by the Guinness World Records since 2011, the Planetarium has a dome-shaped tilted screen of 15.24 metres in diameter. It is installed with a set of 12 digital projectors of 4,096 x 2,048 pixels each for showing dome films with ultra high-definition up to 8,000 x 8,000 pixels. The Planetarium having 127 seats and 4 wheelchair spaces are all equipped with interactive controls. Wearing specially made glasses, the audience can see 3D images projected onto the screen. Its powerful database, coupled with an amazing array of projection effects, can take audiences onto a journey travelling freely in space and time. The system can also show digital dome films, making the Planetarium a multi-functional dome theatre. The Convention Center consists of a multi-functional Convention Hall and 4 Meeting Rooms. Two of the Meeting Rooms may be combined into one if needed. The Convention Hall can accommodate 400 people for meetings and about 200 for ballroom events. The Center is equipped with professional audio-visual facilities, simultaneous interpretation system, and video conferencing equipment, making it ideal for different kinds of meetings, lectures, seminars and award presentations.

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The kids really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits epecially in the robot area. Lots of variety and the spiral design is cool. Very limited food options, not so easy to get to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2016
Jeremy M
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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The center is a playground for children with simple interactive devices such as pressing buttons. Some panels do not work but reminders are absent. I wanted to view the dinosaurs but only knew it was closed after climbing to the top floor. I had a feeling of being cheated and the center should inform the public at the entrance. The... More 

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to spend an afternoon, but attractions are very driven towards kids. Lots of things to do and explore for kids between 5-13 - any bigger and I would think they would get bored easily. Many of the exhibits have some educational value, but I doubt the effectiveness of the material, kids will just see the center as a... More 

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Macau, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Offers a playground next to the McDonalds which is free. You must pay for admittance into the museum but it is a really fun and interesting place to let the kids loose to enjoy themselves.

Thank imatell
Macau, China
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

The Macao Science Center is a unique architectural landmark in peninsular Macau. Futuristic, space age architecture houses a spiraling salute to space exploration. However, it is as if the American space program's contribution to space exploration is nearly completely omitted, and the focus is only on the (extremely tardy) contribution to space exploration by China. The Hong Kong Space Museum... More 

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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Not sure how to put into words this museum. All of the exhibits are geared towards kids and they looked like they were having a great time. As for our holiday it was myself and husband and we couldn't leave quick enough. We seen all the exhibit rooms and everyone is for children, we went to the top and left

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Lots of kid friendly exhibits. Could and should be 5 star but for the fact that many activities seem to be closed, not working or under repair. What was working was excellent.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We wandered to it unplanned, but were soon engrossed in the displays. Better signage needed about entrance fees and optional stuff. The planetarium option wasn't described in English.

Thank hinau
Hong Kong
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

An excellent place for the kids to spend a few hours in this fun and interactive museum. Bring spare clothes.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing place. My 1yr & 3.5yr olds love it, and it will be a great place for their interests to grow as they develop. They are always reluctant, and exhausted when we leave! The water, sound and "construction" levels are the current favourites, but as my eldest grows I know he is going to love the robotics... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

The kids really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits epecially in the robot area. Lots of variety and the spiral design is cool. Very limited food options, not so easy to get to and from and I think you have to go into the exhibit area to use the toilets.

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