Sunday, August 10, 2008

May the Force Be With You at the Science Museum of MN…Until the Republicans Arrive!

The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) has played host to several intergalactic visitors this summer—The Science of STAR WARS opened for a very limited engagement this summer. The extremely popular exhibit has been packed morning, noon and night. Last week the SMM announced the tour would be extended three days until August 27. The SMM is located in downtown St. Paul along the banks of the Mississippi River and across from the XCEL Energy Center. The XCEL, home to NHL Minnesota Wild hockey, will be hosting the Republican National Convention and preparations are well underway for the big event that will start days after the close of the STAR WARS event.

Downtown St. Paul was bustling last Friday when my family and I visited the museum. We were there as the SMM opened to pick up our reserved tickets. We were warned that this is an extremely popular exhibit and were pleasantly surprised that there was ample parking and little wait time; But by mid-morning, the place was packed with fans of Yoda, Han and Luke eager to see the models and costumes used in the movies. There was hand’s on fun with opportunities to build a magnetically controlled land speeder out of LEGOS and even ride a simulated land speeder (no open toed shoes allowed!) Fans of 3CPO and R2-D2 were not disappointed as there were exhibits explaining how robots enhance our lives today…though not as animatedly as the beloved STAR WARS robotic characters. My highlight of the day was the Omni film,
Special Effects which gave insights into how many film illusions are created.
All in all, STAR WARS is an event not to be missed! Hurry with the Republicans coming in on September first, there is no doubt that the exhibition won’t be extended further no matter how popular it is!

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