Trinity College: Science Gallery – SEEING Exhibition

Yesterday the kids and I visited the Science Gallery at Trinity College.

As I am a follower of their Fcebook and get their newsletters, I knew about the SEEING – what are you looking at?  A free exhibition questioning how your eyes, brains and robots see things.  It is on until mid-September so decided to take them along.

They loved it – only Soren at 8, really wanted to try the virtual reality glasses, but due to potential damage, you must be 13 and over.

Now that they’ve been to this place, I’m sure we’ll be back for all the exhibitions.  The next one looks very cool – Humans Need Not Apply.

They also have a “MAKE SHOP” up the street where at times, they have kids items.

At 6 & 8, they are a bit young to fully get it, but even if they enjoy only one thing and learn one thing from the trips, it will be well worth it.

Before we made it to Trinity, we visited Merrian Square’s Giant’s Playground for a short trip – the cast has only been off for one day, we want to not re-injure it.

And after all this, the highlight of their day was the CityScape Hop/Off bus.  For only 10 per adult and FREE for kid (2 per adult, I couldn’t say no).  I think we’ll do it again and this time get off at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and a few other stops.  There are still so many things in Dublin I have not yet done yet and while living here, I want to do them.


Trinity College Dublin: Zoology Museum Visit

The kids and I checked out the Trinity College Dublin Zoology Museum.  The 250-year old collection houses 25,000 specimens, representing all of the animal phyla. While the main purpose of the museum is to provide undergraduate training in animal systematics, biodiversity and taxonomy.  The museum was open to the public during Heritage Week I think the price was about €7 for the three of us.  Visitors were given a guided introduction to the world of extinct creatures, exotic beasts and glass models of marine animals by the zoology students and staff.

Surprisingly Soren knew a lot about different species there – Wild Kratz?  All in all it was a nice collection.  The best part of the visit was that they were able to touch the bones, sculls, etc.  That is super cool to the under 8 crowd. Would we return – I’d say no probably not.

The grounds of TCU are lovely, so we stopped at a few sculptures.

And later, while walking down O’Connell Street, Soren gave a coin to a guy dressed up as a leprechaun in good fun.  I think if I bought a similar costume stood around for all the American tourists, I’d make a fortune!