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Ars Electronica Center, Linz

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Explore creative work from hi-tech laboratories from around the world at Ars Electronica Center, which presents technology's latest advancements to visitors. The top floor, known as the Sky Media Loft, is a coffeehouse and bar with a panoramic view of the city. Other exhibits include a space where machines will translate your voice and words into virtual symbols or colors, and Pingpongplus, a ping pong game on a desk with virtual water on its surface. Make your own music, get your designs printed on a 3-D printer, and watch a 3-D show about space science in the future. Our Linz trip itinerary builder makes visiting Ars Electronica Center and other Linz attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This was one of the reasons why I went to Linz... perhaps my expectations were too high. Good points- staff made every effort to explain and assist me in English. Wide range of topics. Great place for...  more »
  • Young and old will enjoy in this excellent museum where IT meets art. Both local people and visitors from abroad will be very satisfied visiting this modern museum.  more »
  • It is a very good attraction for those who love learning about the latest technology or inventions. I would recommend you to check out the planetarium room.  more »
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  • Very high quality exhibits, a lot of thought and effort has gone in to them. Tour guides are all very knowledgeable and really help bring you get the best out of the various exhibits. The cinema is a must in 3D.
  • Worth a visit. Interesting art, work and science related to the digital world. Lots of stuff you can interact with and play around. The shows in the CAVE are worth watching!
  • Interesting, since it is innovative and creative. However, it is difficult to follow all the exposition and it is small. In any case, I recommend it.
  • TL;DR: Hopefully it is only the decline before a renovation or a big new exhibition. Because in the current state it's like visiting a museum of "what could have been" and not about technology. I visit ars electronica every time I'm in the vicinity and can spare the time. This marks my 5. or 6. visit as an adult (with many more as a child) and I'm not sure if it's me getting older or the exhibition really starts wearing out. Everything beside the traveling exhibition is worn down, GeoCity which I never had quite the time to explore, broke down three times while I was there. On the same level the "unerasable message" machine did nothing without indication if it should work or not. Some of the machines about net security seemed to be misused as surf stations. The exhibition in the second sub floor about humans and robots was reduced to only the stations along the side walls (encircling the maker and bio lab). I like that they removed the creepy robot baby. My significant other enjoyed paro (the therapeutic robot baby seal) just as I thought she would. It's nice that they have headphones on each display that lets you listen to something about the display but often I could not bring myself to put them on - they feel disgusting and often miss one of the ear pads. Just give me a plain socket I can put my own headphones in, because this must be a safety and health hazard, especially for the younger visitors. Sell ars branded headphones with a proprietary jack in a fancy vending machine for 10 bucks - i don't care. Just fix this! I'm not sure if you have to work yourself up from the bottom floor when you become staff at ars electronica but it sure feels that way. While on the two upper floors the staff I met was eager and willing to describe, explain and show off anything on display. This mitigated the fact that many of the displays were sadly broken. Ars electronica is one of the most inviting museums towards children (my own interest and fascination with science started here) that I know, second only to the technical museum in vienna. Sadly it seems that the staff is no longer trained or encouraged to ask children to behave and instead to join them when they explain how your eye or a satellite works. This is understandably In our current time but it is sad, and you see the staff move away from groups of children as they wreak havoc in the experimentation area while the parents are nowhere to be seen. If you are a parent, please engage in your obligation in teaching your kid proper behaviour in a museum and try to get some of the staff to explain them the displays. I'm pretty sure they enjoy it as much as you and your children will. The last thing we visited before driving home was the 8k 3D Room, it was amazing as ever but you need to have luck with the lecturer. They switched from a movie to an interactive app which made the show more boring. Maybe it's just that 3D and VR is so much more common place today. Here a quick tip: Sit on the floor in the middle of the room!
  • Learn something new! But have to put sign near display to let people know what to do next or can people touch or not.!