Museums are an essential part of a society that continually learn and expand their horizons of knowledge. A visit to a museum can teleport a person in time, albeit momentarily, backward and forward generating curiosity and fulfilling it at the same time. Museums come in many varieties serving various purposes, as we know.
Industry and Technical museums in particular are a special kind advancing science and technology, the foundation of the modern era. It is a place of learning for subjects as varied as electricity, atomic energy, aircraft and the solar system.
For a visitor to the museum how much is learnt is a function of the subject on hand, the gadget employed that demonstrates the subject and most importantly the budget and capability the museum has at its disposal. Consider the topic of the Solar System. Typically such subjects that are literally out of reach of a human are presented via static displays (paper or electronic), dynamic scale models and perhaps a projector in a planetarium. The visitor is left to employ a lot of imagination and creativity to make sense of what exactly happens in the Solar System. Will the visitor, say a school kid, understand the impact of gravitational forces at play between the heavenly bodies? Will the child learn that each planet’s orbital pattern is different? Will he/she at least figure out that the earth’s revolution and rotation cause weather changes which is essential for our survival. Or simply for fun, can the museum make the kid travel to outerspace and visit each planet? Typical answers: Wow! Not doable! Too much to ask for! Very expensive even if possible would be the standard refrain. Should it be so?
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