Published on December 30th, 2017 | by Brussels In View


Technopolis – the appliance of science

Martin Banks visits a great museum in Mechelen

If you’re looking for an inspirational place to take the kids over the holiday season, Technopolis, a pioneering science centre near Mechelen, is highly recommended.

This is a place where kids can learn, experiment, and have plenty of fun. With its amazing demonstrations, mind-blowing shows and numerous interactive exhibits, Technopolis is suitable for people of all ages, from 4 to 104.

Far removed from a mere museum, this is very much a hands-on experience where you will never do the same thing twice. And, if you’ve visited it before, you can rest assured that your next visit will be quite different.

The main exhibition is a mix of original and interactive exhibits that show the role science and technology play in our daily lives.

Technopolis has a diverse mix of differently themed exhibitions which currently include one specially designed for the festive period.

‘Play the Light’, as it is called, contains 10 different exhibits, all of which you can try out together with your family or friends. Together you can mix a techno hit, draw something spectacular with light or do an original light dance.

Another exhibition is in the children’s science centre where the little ones can go on a journey of discovery through the city, park and the wharf and get to learn about the human body.

Here kids can take on any role they want, be it driving an ambulance, roofing a house, stacking shelves at the supermarket or experiencing what it’s like to see like a fly. As with much else at Technopolis, they will learn a lot from it as well.

Explora is another exhibition where you can discover all your talents, find out what you’re good at and figure out what profession you like best.

If you are fascinated by the climate and sustainability you can become a weather presenter in front of a blue key screen. You can also learn the consequences of your daily habits on the climate and equip an entire city with the most sustainable energy sources.

You can even become a private detective for the day and find the culprit! Explora allows you to listen to sounds to detect his or her location, analyse fingerprints, research which tools have been used and search for microspores on pieces of clothing.

Inspirience, yet another part of the centre, aims to prove how spectacular science can be and how much fun you can have with technology.

You will learn how to win at arm wrestling against the computer and you can have yourself photographed in 360°. You can also sample your own voice, mix it into a song and have iron filings dance to music.

To make the most of your visit to Technopolis it is best to have a look at the entire programme beforehand and worth bearing in mind that every Wednesday there are big discounts for grandparents visiting with their grandkids..

If visiting by train, you can make use of a B-daytrip via the NMBS. This entry ticket is not only cheaper, but you will also pay less for your train journey.

Technopolis is open every day of the year between 9.30 am and 5 pm, also on Sundays and public holidays, with the exception of New Year’s Day.

It is located close to the exit Mechelen-Zuid and has a large, free car park.

This is a centre where you don’t simply stand and gawp at exhibits but where you roll up your sleeves during all kinds of workshops, feast your eyes on amazing demonstrations and mind-blowing shows and try out numerous interactive exhibits.

It makes for a great experience – at any time of the year.



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