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Science Gallery Dublin
Ranked #109 of 530 things to do in Dublin
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In 2008, a car park in a forgotten corner of Dublin was transformed into a living experiment that would bridge art and science, unleashing their combined creative potential. A groundbreaking initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery is a new kind of space where art and science collide – a porous membrane between the university and the city. Since opening in 2008, over 1 million visitors to Science Gallery have experienced 26 unique exhibitions – ranging from living art experiments to materials science and from the future of the human race to the future of play.
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

We went into the Science Gallery mainly to go to the cafe but really enjoyed the exhibition. Love playing with things. It is very interactive. Slightly disturbed by the making dead pigs hearts beat experiment, but I expect many teenagers would love that (all the gore is only on a film, not present fresh). We liked the pendulums and spinning rope best.

Visited April 2013
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“Very interesting but depends on the exhibition”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

I recommend you sign up to The Science Gallery newsletter (email) to receive notifications of upcoming exhibitions. They vary in the extreme. Some are wholly interactive and entertaining, thought provoking or simply odd! Entry is free (donation optional) and there is always a friendly face to help explain what is going on. This is a great way to spend 30-40 minutes. It's not a huge space so you will go around it quite quickly if it's not interactive.

Visited July 2012
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“Good place to go for an hour or so”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

For context. Decided to have a family day in Dublin recently.
We have been to the science galleries in London and Toronto. Because of that I had high expectations. In truth the Dublin one is quite good but you probably won't spend longer than an hour there. It is based over two floors with interactive displays. The kids were more interested in the shop though than the display.
It's free and a good place to spend an hour - enjoy.

Visited February 2013
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Camberley, Surrey
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“Disappointing Visit”
Reviewed 14 January 2013

This attraction is free and the theme was future video games research. Unfortunately, most of the exhibits were more work in progress and most were just too complicated for kids to get any benefit from and at least half the exhibits were not working at all. The cafe on the ground floor is popular and very nice however!!!

Visited January 2013
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FionnK, Communications Manager at Science Gallery Dublin, responded to this review, 15 January 2013
Hi Craig, thanks for posting your feedback - really sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience at GAME!

Unlike most science-related venues, our shows are largely experimental, sometimes carry work in progress and are developed primarily for our core 15-25 year old audience. So while they are popular with all ages, younger children sometimes find them challenging. Stay tuned though - our summer show ILLUSION opens in July and will be particularly accessible for younger age groups.

In terms of broken exhibits, unfortunately a couple of the pieces have not been fully operational this week so apologies on that front. It's definitely frustrating to come across work in a gallery space that is not accessible/working at the time - been there! We're working hard to fix these this week.

On the other hand, I'm glad you enjoyed the café. It's a really important space for Science Gallery as it's where ideas meet and people connect around the themes of our shows.

Hopefully we'll see you back at Science Gallery again some time soon, and you'll have a more enjoyable visit.

Very best,
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“Small and interesting.”
Reviewed 26 December 2012

I just did a quick look around. It's really tiny, but the exhibit on special materials always had staff around to demonstrate. Of course, first come, first serve so if you walk in on a demonstration you only get a bit of the info. You can also play with the displays if the signs say it's okay. However, the place is really small so it won't even take you a few hours.

Visited October 2012
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