National Museum of Mathematics, New York City

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  • Thanks to my friend Pankaj who suggested me to visit this museum! It has lots of good stuff. I loved riding the cycle with square wheels that is shown in the picture :)  more »
  • This set of exhibits is fun for kids of all ages - many hands on activities and loads of variety. It's also interesting for adults with 3 levels explanation of the math, depending on your appetite for...  more »
  • It was great how the kids completely changed their minds after a few minutes inside. Every single one of the displays are interactive and fun. The kids couldn't decide which one they liked best. Both ...  more »
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  • I took my son here when he was 11, he loved it. He is also interested in math and science so it was a perfect fit. I do have to say they were a lot of interactive exhibits that were very engaging, and not just for those who have a good sense of math. Most of the exhibits would be fun for anybody to work with. Well worth a trip, and it's been a few years since we've gone, so we plan on going back soon.
  • As a lover of mathematics, I was greatly disappointed in this museum. There was little in the museum that explored exciting concepts of mathematics such as infinity, pi, fractal geometry, etc. The museum was geared for children, which is totally fine. But even so, there was little there that encouraged children to appreciate mathematics. My 9-year old was completely bummed. There were bicycles that you could ride with square wheels that you can ride smoothly on certain surfaces, but there was no attempt to explain why this is so. There were some strings that lit up when you pushed two number buttons, eached labeled 1 to 9 and when you touched two of them these one digit numbers would be multiplied, giving you the answer...really? There was a screen showing a complex equation with x, y, and z coordinates and you moved a dial and created different 3-dimensional shapes... but there was no way to easily predict the effect of turning the knobs as well as no explanation. These 3 examples highlight the fact that I and my 9-year old left the place with absolutely no better understanding or appreciation of mathematics than when we walked in. Definitely skip this one and save some money for something better.
  • This was worth the visit. It has 41 exhibitions. Anyone from children to elders can enjoy this museum. They have small games and colorful exhibition, along with some complex models that you can spend time to understand the math behind it. (There is a 30% discount for students, don't forget to mention if you are one ;) )
  • It looks really interesting. Friendly staff gave us an outline. Ended up spending our limited time in their excellent gift shop. A great curation of games and items that blend fun and a mathematical or scientific element that are interesting to kids and adults. The only shortcoming was that purchasing 100$ of items from the gift shop still does not let you use their washrooms if you have not purchased a museum pass.
  • This was an interesting place to visit, but I came back with mixed feelings. First, what the museum does well: interactive structures that allow a hands-on approach to mathematical concepts, heavily geometry-oriented, which makes sense given the approach. Some of the installations are really impressive, others more gimmicky. And the puzzle games room is very addictive! However, I found they were often lacking information, background on the mathematics underlying the installations was scarce (except for the doubly ruled surfaces exhibit which was very well done) and not immediately apparent. As a consequence, lots of children were playing a bit aimlessly and sometimes quite brutally with the installations - so much so that I think the place is ill-suited for kids. Several structures were out-of-service as a consequence of this kind of rough handling. Also, this is not really a museum: interactive structures are fun and sometimes very interesting but there is very little information and context provided, and nothing much about the men and women behind the math or the history of concepts.

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