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“9 year old loved it”

Discovery Times Square
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$79.00*
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Ranked #157 of 1,080 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Welcome to Discovery Times Square (Discovery TS) where extraordinary exhibits and unforgettable experiences come to life in our exciting, vibrant space for entertainment, learning and adventure.New York has always been something of a stage - a showcase for debuts and second acts. And so it is fitting that in the vast space that once housed The New York Times printing presses, Discovery Times Square now offers headlines of a different, but equally compelling sort.From the icy waters of the Titanic's final resting place to genius mind of Da Vinci and the riches of King Tut, Discovery is proud to celebrate the world with the world class exhibits of the new Discovery Times Square.Discovery TS also features two exclusive retail experiences — The Discovery Store featuring the latest in games, dvds and other products from the #1 nonfiction company in the world, Discovery Channel, and The New York Times Store with a wide range of exclusive items perfect for the newspaper enthusiast or history buff.
Wilmington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“9 year old loved it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Took our 9 year old daughter, who had read all the books at least once. She really loved seeing all the actual movie items. The audio portion was really worthless though, mostly how they came to create or the planning involved in the piece, and not something a kid would care about. The truth is I, who has read 0 books, tired of the audio before we were half way through the exhibit because who really cares how you and the other designer came to settle on that particular fabric, or the style of the item. The amount of items and the set up is very impressive. As I said my daughter loved it, so we found seeing it worthwhile, but it was costly for an hour and a half.

Visited February 2013
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“Hary Potter and Spy Exhibits”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We knew the Weasley Twins were going to be their and opted not to wait in the line that extended outside and down the block for autographs. We were able to enter the 1st waiting line at the time we were scheduled. The 2nd line moved very slowly and the staff was forcing people to squeeze closer and closer together. This line moves slow because you are instructed to have your picture taken in front of a green screen for purchase at the end of the exhibit. Because they were herding us like cattle, the picture area was blocked off by people waiting in line, extending the wait time even more. The staff continually shouted commands to the crowd. 1.5 hours after our scheduled time were allowed to go into the exhibit in a mass group. Unable to move again and blocked by people on the audio tour, I'd estimate we saw about 60% of the exhibit. The exhibit is not large but we would have liked to be able to read the display tags at least. Our son was very frustrated, even he was unable to squeeze his way up close. We gave up and pushed our way to the gift shop exit.

The Spy Exhibit was totally empty and basically ignored by everyone. We actually enjoyed this exhibit more. It was educational and very interesting, and we were impressed with all the displays and equipment. If this exhibit would not have been there I would have considered our day trip and money spent to not be worth it. Thankfully this saved the day.

Visited February 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Terracotta Warriors”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

A fantastic opportunity to see something of the ancient Chinese artifacts without having to go to China! The exhibits were superb and the accompanying notes and explanations about the discovery of the Terracotta Warriors were informative and easy to read.

Visited August 2012
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Narrowsburg, NY
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“Harry Potter Exhibit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We recently went to this exhibit - there was 9 of us - 4 children and 5 adults. The kids are all big Harry Potter fans. The exhibit is very expensive, they do offer a AAA discount, but you have to ask for it, it is not advertised. Even with the AAA discount, it was about $25 per adult (the one child is 14, so we had to pay adult price for her) and $20 per child.
They have an audio tour, which is an additional $7 (approx) but we did not do this. For the ticket price, I think the audio tour should be included.
It only took us less than an hour to go thru this exhibit. My 14 year old granddaughter was like having an audio tour - she knew so much about all of the exhibits. She did love it, but the majority of us felt it was way overpriced.

Visited February 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Spy exhibition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Great exhibit and incredibly educational. We visited New York for a 5 day trip and saved this for the last day and we thoroughly enjoyed it. In total we spent roughly an hour from start to finish looking at all of the exhibits (we were the only ones there). Both children (13 and 9) were in awe of the spy cams and pre and post war gadgets and the youngest has been observing everyone with a large watch etc ever since. A great experience!

Visited February 2013
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