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“Lacking in the Science Department”

Akron Fossils & Science Center
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Copley
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This place reminds me of a cult. They are based in creationism-which I did not know before I went, otherwise I would have talked my in-laws out of going. We were going to take my kids because we had seen that they were "hands on" and had a zip line-so some place for the kids to run around, see dinosaurs and fossils and have a good time. WRONG WRONG WRONG! It started off with a "lecture" where the kids got to touch some actual fossils and some fossil replicas. It was boring, she couldn't even pronounce half of the dinosaurs' names correctly. The last 30 minutes of the "tour" was trying to convince us that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. This place is based off theory. If you want an actual science, hands-on type place for kids, you should go else where. Don't waste your time or money.

12  Thank TaylorB09
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The name of this "science center" is very misleading, it strictly for creationists. We are not creationists ourselves, but were curious about the creation viewpoint. When we arrived we were told by a friendly staff member that we were not allowed to go through any of the exhibits by ourselves because, "they would be too hard for you to understand." Since it was going to be just our family of adults/teens in the tour group we asked if we could skip some of the more childish aspects (touching fossils) of the tour to speed things up. Again, we were told it would be too confusing to us to skip any parts. While the young staff was affable enough the whole idea that we were not allowed to look at exhibits on our own was so offensive and weird we declined the tour, even though we had already prepaid with an internet coupon. Since we had prepaid we decided to go play mini golf. Honestly, it was the most run down, filthy course I've ever seen. The "greens" were covered warped pieces of wood, balls would roll right back to the golfer. The play areas did not look safe at all and the whole area was covered in huge weeds. It looked like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

12  Thank Lucy F
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you are looking for a museum, keep looking. This is a center for proselytizing to adults and indoctrinating children in the crazy world which is fundamentalism. If you believe that the world is only 6000 years old, and that dinosaurs existed with human beings, then this place is for you. (Or, you could just stay home and pop in a DVD of "The Flintstones". It would be both more entertaining, and more educational.)

11  Thank JDC58
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

The Akron Fossil and Science center was definitely a different kind of place. We visited on a Friday afternoon in late summer and came right when a large group of children was leaving so we were the only ones there for awhile. The first part of the tour where you get to hold the different fossils was interesting enough and our guide was informative.

It got a little weird when she took us to the second area and got about a fourth of the way done with her presentation when she stopped because a family came in behind us and was told to join the tour. She proceeded to leave us and take them back to the first room to start their tour and just left us standing there. We then came out front where we paid and someone asked us what happened. That person then took us outside and we did the zip line which was short but neat. When we came back in from that, another person took us through the last part of the presentation and then we left. This person was much more informative than the girl we had at first and we talked with him for awhile. We never did see the girl that left us standing in the second part again. Oh well, it was fun enough and for the admission price it’s worth a visit, especially for school aged children.

I’d say just don’t keep your expectations super high; if you’re going with the idea that it’s some huge building in pristine condition that will take you hours to go through you might be disappointed. The zip line is an added bonus of fun and might make up for it if you don’t like the museum.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

If you have school-aged children, they are sure to enjoy this modestly priced ($5/person), very unusual science center. Starting with a "hands-on" fossils teaching/Q&A session led by a "tour guide" the kids are sure to enjoy this brief but illuminating exhibit. Don't let the modest exterior of the center's facility fool you, the staff and exhibits inside will exceed your expectations. Besides, there is then an outdoor playground with some customary and not so customary stuff (including a 200' Zip-Line ride, included in admission price) that kids of all ages will enjoy. Younger kids will also find the 'indoor playground' with an artificial archeological dig (sandbox) and craft-table to be fun. Although this non-profit organization clearly sponsors a creation-science viewpoint (versus strict Darwinian evolutionary theory), they are not heavy-handed in their delivery of that message, explicitly inviting anyone uninterested in that portion of the guided tour to leave before the final 5 minutes spent thereon. Prior to that, they stick with just science, albeit emphasizing scientific facts/theory that tend to support the creationist view.

2  Thank GREG M
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