The Science Gallery in Trinity College is one of those things that almost every Dublin child has visited at some point or another. Despite the exhibits being changed around fairly regularly, the Gallery is quite small and quickly exhausted. But now, Explorium in Sandyford, Dublin’s latest sport and science center, aims to fill that hole.
Featuring more than 300 exhibits across 110,000 sq. ft, the center is aimed at igniting curiosity in people both young and hold, according to those behind the project.
One of the biggest drawing points is the Lightning Room, which contains Ireland’s first public Tesla Coil. Visitors can watch a demonstrator don a one-of-a-kind Faraday suit and get struck by over 500,000 volts of electricity.
The center also features a dedicated sports science section, designed to train the next generation of athletes using software and state-of-the-art equipment. Activities include a sprint test, hamstring strength test, and many more.
For those searching for more of a thrill, there’s also an exhibit where visitors are strapped onto a bicycle and can rotate 360 degrees on a circular track. This exhibit aims to show G-forces in action.
There’s also a Maker’s Lab where both children and adults alike can experiment with electric circuits, motors, and more. There are classes given, titled Maker Series, where demonstrators guide people through various more complex projects.
The Senses exhibit teaches visitors about their various senses. It allows them to test their senses and then compare them to different animals. It also aims to open people’s eyes to senses some animals have that we do not.
Filmmakers will feel right at home too, with the center’s MovieWorld featuring high-end movie cameras and editing rooms, where visitors can learn about the multitude of tricks used to make a great film.
Explorium is open now and offers a wide range of activities which can take up a whole day. Located not far from the city center, it’s a great place for a family day out, and prices aren’t too steep either at €28 for adults and €8 for children.