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“Cheap... and still not worth it”

Arizona Science Center
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Ranked #16 of 228 things to do in Phoenix
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Arizona Science Center has been a hub for science and discovery for the community and visitors. The Center features more than 300 hands-on exhibit, live demonstrations, a state-of the art Dorrance Planetarium, a five-story IMAX(R) theater, and newly opened, CREATE at Arizona Science Center - a place where science, design and engineering collide!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Phoenix, AZ
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cheap... and still not worth it”
Reviewed May 29, 2008

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!

5 Thank euston40
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Extremely Lame”
Reviewed February 18, 2008

I've been to a number of science centers and science musuems and this was one of the worst. Although the museum is four floors there are very few exhibits on each floor. None of interactive exhibits are very interesting for kids or adults. They have a new dinosaur exhibit, with animatronic models, but they look cheap and poorly made, and barely move. Overall a waste of time and money.

5 Thank zw2l
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Port Ewen, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“Nice place for kids, but Titanic overpriced”
Reviewed November 20, 2007

We were in Phoenix area for Thanksgiving week and my niece needed to do a report on biology. We went to the Science museum so she could get this done. She had a good time as there were lots of hands-on exhibits to try out. I'm not sure I'd say any stood out more than others. The range of exhibits were not just biology but covered all areas of science. There are 4 floors, although some were closed for renovations.

While we were there, they had a special exhibit about the Titanic. They were charging an extra $10 for this on top of the $9-10 Science museum entry. It was a good exhibit, but mostly you went around reading about different people who lived or died, as well as getting a "boarding pass" making you one of the people on the Titanic, so you could see if "you" lived or died. It was a nice exhibit, but not sure it was worth $10. Expected to see more artifacts rather than just some history. Felt I could buy a book if I just wanted to read about the Titanic.

7 Thank donutking1
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
“Interesting Place for the Whole Family”
Reviewed March 12, 2007

A great place to visit for those visiting or if you live in the Phoenix Metropolitian area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Expensive but really nice”
Reviewed August 19, 2006

It cost us $50 for a family of four but it was worth it. They had plenty of hands on exhibits that were not only educational but really a lot of fun for the kids. We highly recommend the star show (starry?) for children at the planetarium. The kids learned a lot about the stars and it was interactive. They wanted to do the show again.

2 Thank jsilva12
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