Following a comprehensive redesign, China's biggest and best science and technology museum reopened in 2009, boasting five floors filled with impressive interactive exhibits. Built to resemble a wooden block puzzle, the museum shows off the scientific solutions that have shaped our world and beyond, celebrating and simplifying the discoveries of both Chinese and Western scientists for young minds.
Among its five exhibitions are The Glory of China and the Children's Science Paradise, which is dedicated to 3-10 year olds. There’s an additional entrance fee for this (49RMB; 20RMB children) but, with many interactive opportunities (in the ‘Recycle’ section, for example, kids get hands-on experience turning waste materials in to paper) and science performances (think loud bangs, balloons and cups magically moving across tables), it’s worth the price tag.
Don’t miss Well, you simply can’t miss the giant dinosaur skeleton towering in the lobby – a Chuanjiesaurus.
Estimated time 90 minutes to two hours.
English provisions Nearly all exhibits have decent English translations.