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“Science at its best”

Macao Science Center
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Ranked #18 of 257 things to do in Macau
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

The science centre gives extensive knowledge of the scientific reach and inventions. One can adjust oneself with the advancing times and side by side can come to know the reach science has made towards advancement.

Thank Bulandarneja
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This place is applicable for kids and kids at heart. There is no height requirement for the children.

You will not notice that you already reached the tip of the museum. Along the way are different interactive exhibits that even the adults could learn from it.

This is a very nice place to spend a weekend for families with toddlers.

Thank Eranie
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

The Science Centre offers a different kind of attractions from the heritage and the gaming scene, and would be something much appreciated by the kids. There are many interactive exhibits on themes such as sports, climate, robotics and food. Take the escalator to the highest floor and view the different exhibits as you walk down. Though the centre is relatively new, we found few exhibits defective. Fortunately most have been well maintained.
There are several F&B options including a rather huge McDonald's, another cafe and a yogurt stall. These will ensure the little ones are well-fed.
To get there, we took a public bus from the bus-stop at the Macau-HK ferry terminal. For our return trip, we have to brave the strong wind to the bus-stop near the Cultural Centre, but this is definitely worth it.

1  Thank Joe_Fong
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

You can't help but be impressed with your visit to the Macau Science Centre which includes the five floor exhibition center (MOP50) area as well a planetarium which features 2D (MOP50) and 3D (MOP65) programs throughout the day. This is a great place for families, especially younger children, to spend time in Macau. There is much to experience (and try) at the Science Center, a place you can easily find yourself entertained for several hours.

What to see in the Exhibition Center:
The exhibition area is a Five floor, spiral-shaped building with 14 different exhibition rooms, each filled with modern, interactive and entertaining exhibits capable of entertaining children and adults alike. We particularly enjoyed the Space Science Room (ground floor), the Children's Science Gallery (first floor) which both offered lots of hands on exhibits. We also liked the Meteorology Gallery (second floor) and Robotic Gallery (second floor). The Robotic Gallery was particularly impressive with some highly advanced exhibits for visitors to try. Loved the rubix cube robot and the robot that danced for you. The Sports Health and Sports Challenge Galleries (third floor) included fun measuring devices - for hand strength, eye hand coordination, body balancing abilities and other physically challenging exercise and game exhibits. There was even a small basketball court found here. These were the top rooms in our view but all rooms were enjoyable to enter and visit.

There are also two special exhibitions at the Science Center at present. On the ground floor there is an exhibition area highlighting Macau's urbanization, land reclamation and land expansion plans. Then on the first floor there is an exhibit featuring Macau's future LRT system which is presently in development and scheduled to become available in 2015. These are worth a peek for those interested in what Macau looks like today and what it might be like in the future.

Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the planetarium but the programs looked promising, child-friendly and entertaining, something worth trying in addition to visiting the excellent exhibition area.

How to enter the museum:
There are two entrances you can choose from. First, there is the normal ground level entrance, from which you can work your way up the five floors of the exhibition center before reaching a nice viewing platform near the top. Here you can see the Macau Skyline before returning to the exhibition area, using the lift to return to the ground level to exit the exhibition center area.

Alternatively, from the ground floor you can go through a little cafe and take a long escalator immediately to the 5th floor viewing platform for the look at the Skyline. From there you can enter the exhibition area and simply work your way through the exhibition galleries in reverse. This is a good idea if you want to see the city views first.

Hint: There are free self-service locker facilities for visitors that can be found past the McDonalds next to a small children's playground area on the ground level.

Hint: Inside the Macau Science Center there is a McDonalds, a Cafe Corner (coffee and snacks) and even a small yoghurt shop for those who want a budget friendly meal while on site.

Overall, this is by far the best child and family friendly form of entertainment on offer in Macau. Even as curious adults, we quite enjoyed much of what we found at the Macau Science Museum. This is a modern, innovative and creatively designed attraction that the city of Macau should be proud of. It is well worth visiting when in Macau.

11  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

I love Science Museums so this review will be biased. I really enjoyed the new modern Science Center in Macau. The exhibit were interesting and this place was a lot of fun, though maybe a little short. I would recommend this to families with Children.

Thank OuterLimitTraveller
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