One Tank Trips: Louisville Science Center

By: Denny Trease, WKYT
By: Denny Trease, WKYT

If you're eager to learn more about the world we live in, there's no better place to do it in the Bluegrass State than the Louisville Science Center.

Denny Trease from our sister station WKYT takes us there in this edition of "One Tank Trip's."

It's the largest hands on Science Center in Kentucky with about 150-interactive exhibits. A half-million people come through the doors each year.

"This the 'The World We Create,' the oldest of our permanent exhibits. It just kind of explores the areas of construction and human innovation," said Danielle Waller, with the Louisville Science Center.

Here people become the pistons for this race car. The "World Around Us" meanwhile is a natural and earth science exhibit.

"Right now we're in the Terrasphere where you can look at animals and their various environments. You can also learn about climate change in our atmosphere. And this is our Discovery Gallery where we have our polar bears on display," Waller said.

And a genuine Egyptian mummy. Visitors are welcome to try to help solve the mystery of whether it was once a man or a woman.

You get to compare a male skull and female skull with a replica of the mummy's skull and decide for yourself.

If you want to know how caves are formed, you can go through the popular cave crawl with it's stalactites and stalagmites.

The "World Within Us" focuses on health and life sciences with illustrated depictions of the various systems within the human body. There's a Kids Zone exclusively for little ones 7 and under, and their caregivers. The kids love playing at the water table.

"It's all hands on, all interactive," Waller explained.

Speaking of hands on, in the newest temporary exhibit, "Strange Matter," you learn just how far you can make a bowling ball travel into a pane of tempered glass without smashing it.

Anybody can just walk in off the street here at the science center but memberships are also available.

"The membership is a great deal. They start around $59 for a family. You get admission to the science center all year long," Waller assured.

And discounted admissions to the IMAX Theater.

"We have a four-story tall screen, 11-thousand watts of audio and the films we show here are documentaries. They run about 40 to 45-minutes long," Waller said.

To learn more about the Louisville Science Center, click here.


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