Located in downtown Mobile, Exploreum visitors can experience more than 150 hands-on science adventures in three permanent galleries: Hands On Hall, the Wharf of Wonder and My BodyWorks, the most advanced health exhibit in the nation.
This Science museum was fun and very educational for the whole family. We bought a yearly pass which made it affordable to visit again soon AND.... this pass gets us into other museums and science centers for the year...many for FREE! You just can't beat that. We loved this place.
This is a wonderful place for the kids to visit. If you are local I suggest getting the family yearly price. The place is divided into several parts. One section is for 5 and under and it includes a boat to play on, tons of plastic balls, and a few dress up. The area next to this includes many scientific illusions and experiments to play with that are very interesting. In the main lobby is the access to the Imax theater that gives you the feeling of actually being in the action of the video (whichever one happens to be playing) itself. Across from the lobby on the other side is the bottom floor which houses several exhibits related to health courtesy of our local hospital. The 2nd floor on the same side is a chemistry lab that give demonstrations and has more exhibits that are interractive. It also includes a 3-D science movie which is currently on our solar system. In addition to all of this they offer special exhibits at least twice a year on a variety of subjects usually for a small additional cost.
We visited there when my kids were 3 year old and 18 month old. Even though they were not really interested or couldn't reach most of the science stuff, they loved to play in a toddler play area and dinosaurs exhibition for that summer. There are an ocean which is full of balls and our kids enjoyed "swimming" in it and climbed up the boat. This place is located in the downtown area, and we were staying in a hotel just a block away from there. That was a great place for a rainny day.
Our favorite part of the Exploreum is the fact that so much of it is hands on. The kids love the laser harp and dj section and they especially enjoy seeing themselves on tv at the WKRG studio. We are excited about the upcoming Bob the Builder exhibit which will be at the museum from 10/5/09 to 1/4/10. Don’t forget to see the IMAX before you go. It is projected on the only domed screen on the Gulf Coast.