I live in Phoenix. It's a nice city with great weather and beautiful geography, but the Arizona Science Center epitomizes everything that's wrong with Phoenix -- the fifth largest city in the country but one that has virtually no high-quality cultural facilities.
I grew up in Toronto, so my benchmark (the Ontario Science Center) is a high one -- but still, the Arizona Science Center is inarguably cheap, unambitious, shoddy and uninspiring. The building itself feels like a dungeon, many of the exhibits are hardly scientific, some simply don't work, and few actually explain the scientific principles behind them.
My four year old learns more from the books that come with her kids meals at Chick-Fil-A. If Phoenix wants to live up to its size, the Arizona Science Center needs to be knocked down and started over again!
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