Human realtors have not yet managed to colonize the deep sea, mainly due to the immense, crushing pressure of the abyssal depths, as well as an ongoing lawsuit, Submarines v. Giant Squid, et al. Explore the last frontier on earth with today's Groupon: for $12, you get admission for two (up to a $24 value) to The Lawrence Hall of Science.
The Lawrence Hall of Science fosters scientific education for all ages through in-depth, interactive exhibits. The new Creatures of the Abyss exhibit plunges into the atmosphere and sea life of the deep ocean. Virtual ocean trawlers receive greetings from a 26-foot-long model of the colossal squid, which stands over a feature on the behaviors of the squid and its pale, vengeful nemesis, the sperm whale. The myriad inhospitable conditions in the deep ocean, such as extreme pressures and near- freezing temperatures, become uniquely accessible via sensory exhibits using pressure-simulating inflatable sleeves and shrunken foam heads. In the Bioluminescence Theater, patrons immerse themselves in the profound darkness of the deep ocean to observe how bioluminescent creatures illuminate for their own ends, such as hunting, attracting mates, and throwing sweet benthic raves. A motion- activated lizardfish entices visitors to learn about adaptations that abyssal creatures have evolved to flourish, such as specialized body shape and metabolism.
The Lawrence Hall of Science reaches above the abyss with its other ongoing exhibits on subjects as diverse as nanotechnology, math, and sunstones.
Creatures of the Abyss is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
Eighty-three Yelpers give The Lawrence Hall of Science an average of 4.5 stars:
- Great views love the whale out front and all the fun stuff inside. Love it now as much as I did as a kid. – America f., 9/12/09
- Pretty large museum, so there's a lot to see and if you go again, you'll probably see different exhibits. It's an all day event. Some of the stuff is for kids, but most of it is for all ages. – doctor g., 4/15/10
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Established in 1968 in honor of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, UC Berkeley's first Nobel laureate, The Lawrence Hall of Science aims to inspire the scientists and innovators of the future. Their hands-on exhibits allow children and adults to see and touch a fascinating variety of displays and projects. The animated, interactive Science On a Sphere globe, for example, uses actual scientific data to depict the expanding wave patterns of tsunamis and the surface of Mars. To learn more about seismic activity, guests head to the Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor park to explore erosion and the geology of the Bay Area. Kids can climb atop a life-size model whale or through the double helix of a huge DNA sculpture, or work with UC Berkeley students and staff to design and build a prototype in the Ingenuity Lab.
The museum also sparks imaginations with an interactive planetarium and the National Geographic 3D Theater. Its affiliation with the university makes it an ideal spot for educational camps and classes, as well as community events, including a robotics competition.
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