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Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
(3.8/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
Take a trip through space and time at Our Dynamic Earth, a science center situated at the foot of Edinburgh’s Salisbury Crags. Opened in 1999, the center was the centerpiece of an urban regeneration plan meant to bring vitality to a former industrial zone. Today, the center teaches visitors about the processes that shaped our planet over millions of years, from the Big Bang to abiogenesis, plate tectonics, and glaciation. Use the center’s 3D and 4D interactive exhibits to witness the creation of the Earth, and then follow the planet through millions of years of evolution, touching, feeling, and smelling the adventure as you proceed through history. Visit the site’s ShowDome to see 360-degree dome films about astronomy and space exploration. By using our Edinburgh trip builder, you can arrange your visit to Our Dynamic Earth and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • ... which is clearly kids, not adults. The structure of Dynamic Earth is very scenic, even from the outside, and it is basically a scientific journey through thematic stages, starting (rightly) from the origin of the universe through evolution and Earth changes, up to the present day. All explanations are in English (spoken and written) but reception you can get an audio guide in several languages, including Italian) the different rooms are designed in an interesting way, intrattenitiva to the Max: for example just quote the elevator at the time and the room illustrating the mechanics of volcanoes, which are indeed very simple but to a young audience make it perfectly the idea that they want to make. Pity that all information they meet along the percorsono are essentially Basic. Meaning: are the basics that you are studying in school. There are no great insights, there are "big words" or terms too technical, you don't go beyond simple fundamentals of the natural sciences, very basic concepts that every person over the age of 18 years should (conditional) know perfectly, because they are the Foundation of today's science. The time driven that you pass in each subject area is clearly designed for a young audience-video or short bullet points, small screens, interactive games — and for my part I could not find anything exciting. For adults who work in the field, or for those who understand science, or those simply passionate about some wonderful BBC documentary Earth or is a reader of National Geographic, this place is pure fluff, superfluous. Only good thing was the video of the Dome: a large dome-shaped screening room where periodically transmit movies that are, at least to a higher standard of obviousness encountered until then (because it is the last leg of the route). Even the shop reflects the target: I expected to find science gifts, tools to test them at home some physical or chemical law, educational and intelligent tools, however the store is chock full of just toys. The price is £ 13.50 (a little less if you buy your ticket online, but you have to have PayPal, is not enough to have a card) and for me have been money down the drain. How to do a sufficiency rating because it is good that the younger generations have a place to go to learn to know and care about our planet, but aggiusterei a little marketing of this attraction. It's a task devoted exclusively to children, and if I had known I would have saved money for the ticket.
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  • We won a family entrance at a Christmas raffle so took my mum and 9,6,3 year old .the youngest didn't understand most of what was being said but enjoyed seeing the visual things such as interactive ar...  more »
  • The food was amazing, the drink was cheap. Overall the night was brilliant, def would recommend for a works Xmas night again 
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  • Best education centre of its kind I've visited in Britain. Kids loved the different zones, especially my 8yo son. I was concerned I'd overpaid looking at the foyer and entrance but I soon realised this was going to be fun and informative. The young staff are great and help to maintain the sense of a journey. The time travel and programme means it was never overcrowded. We didn't use the cafe, it looked fairly standard.
  • Fantastic attraction. I have been here several times now and it is amazing. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. There is so much to see and do here. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in geography and earth. The gift shop is very reasonable too.
  • Loved this place. Great interactive exhibits for kids... and big kids 😊 Well worth a visit and a few return visits too
  • Didn't know what to expect from Dynamic Earth and was pleasantly surprised. Different rooms explore different climates and it was incredibly interesting and effective Great for children. There is a sense of having to get through things at a lightening pace though and it can be over quicker than you may like. The restaurant food looked a bit sorry for itself as well.
  • Really interesting and interactive. The tour idea is brilliant and ensures you don't miss anything. Pretty expensive though.