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Discovery Times Square proudly claims to be "more than a museum" it offers a museum experience but uses unique and innovative ways to immerse the visitor in the exhibits. History, art and science are showcased in ways that combine both theatrical and educational methods, so that the visitor learns without even knowing it. The experience is "fun" and interesting instead of boring and stuffy like many museums, this makes it perfect for kids, for them it will be more like seeing a show than visiting a museum. Discovery Times Square showcases various temporary exhibits as well as permanent exhibits. In the past there have been exhibits about the Titanic, Da Vinci and King Tut. At the moment you can see The Body Worlds: Pulse exhibition; The Art of the Brick exhibition and the Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure exhibition.
Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure -This exhibition highlights the treasures found on sunken vessels, it takes visitors on a journey back in time through maritime history. On display are over 500 artifacts recovered from sunken ships together with the stories and documentation of how those artifacts were lost and how modern technology managed to bring them back up to the surface.
The Art of the Brick -Artist Nathan Sawaya has created a collection of works of art made completely out of the humble Lego brick. Complex shapes with almost organic forms bring to life "statues" of people in various poses.
The Body Worlds: Pulse Exhibition -The main reason to visit Discovery Times Square is to see this remarkable exhibition which has traveled around the world and been seen by 34 million people. Scientist Gunther Von Hagens invented anatomical "plastination" where donated real dead human bodies are preserved and manipulated into familiar poses in which modern man may find himself. The bodies' skins have been stripped away to reveal the muscles and inner workings of the body as they dance, run, sit and even make love. It's an excellent opportunity to learn about the body's functions, vulnerability and challenges. The multimedia exhibition focuses on health and urban living and shows what happens beneath the skin and what makes us tick.
The Body Exhibition and Children -Already 34 million people have seen the exhibition and many of them have been children, of course there is a lot for them to learn about anatomy and the exhibition gives them a good realty of how the body works in different situations. However, although the Body Worlds exhibition will give kids a reality and may enhance their understanding when faced with related subjects at school, the exhibition does include exposed genital organs of both male and female bodies so parents should use their own discretion. Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Discovery Time Square is open 7 days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm and Friday and Saturday until 9pm. There is a time of entry printed on your ticket and it takes about an hour to 1.5 hours to see the exhibition. The site is located at 226 West 44th Street. Admission to the Body Worlds: Pulse exhibition is $25 for adults, $22.5 for seniors and $19.5 for children 4-12 years old. Entry to the other exhibits in the museum requires an additional fee ($19.5 - $14.5). Tickets can be bought at the Discovery Times Square website.
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