Last year, the Detroit Science Center, one of the 10 largest such museums in America according to Wikipedia, closed its doors due to lack of funds. Just after Christmas, 2012, however, the Science Center reopened as the Michigan Science Center after being purchased by a nonprofit organization. The building is pretty large with lots of hands-on exhibits. Greg and I decided to check it out on Sunday.
When you first walk in, there's an exhibit on diabetes. It includes a refrigerator that raps a song about eating healthy when you open it. Not the most impressive exhibit, but the kids around us seemed to have fun with it. Across from that is an exhibit about an auto assembly line. Very Detroit.
There is another exhibit about construction with a walkable model of the Mackinac Bridge, and another exhibit just across the way of a 100 foot model replica of the Bridge that is really quite impressive. I tried to take a picture of the full length, but it was just too long.
On one side of the bridge exhibits is another exhibit about eating healthy, including a creepy couch with two giant potato creatures watching television. Naturally, Greg had to have his picture taken with them. It reminded me of this horrible children's book called Bud the Spud by Adam Byrn Tritt in which a child turns into a potato after watching too much television and is eaten by his family. Greg pointed out that within site of this couch was the food court, serving just the types of foods the exhibit warned against.
Anyway, there's also a NASA section that is not entirely functional yet. A lot of features of the various exhibits aren't fully operational, like the whack-a-mole junk food game that only put up one hot dog to whack, but we saw guys going around working on them, and we both felt pretty interested in what would be going into all the empty space that was under construction. We also thought we check out the IMAX theater another time.
We spent 2 to 3 hours there, so money well spent, I think. Their hours are kind of funky right now, mostly open on weekends. It wasn't very crowded on Sunday, so I wouldn't worry about fighting with crowds. Practically next door is the Detroit Institute of Arts, and across the street from that is the Detroit Historical Museum. If you're interested in a unique lunch experience, check out Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes just half a block away from the DIA. I highly recommend the hot Nutella. Beats the pants off hot cocoa any day.