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Combining the Chronicles of Narnia with Outer Space

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By Wayne Lazarus on November 15th, 2010

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Do you know a child with an interest in science? Or one for whom you’d like to spark such an interest? One of the best places to do that is the U. S. Space and Rocket Center Museum in Huntsville, Alabama.

EnterpriseCreated in 1970 to show the world Alabama and Huntsville’s part in our country’s space program, the center is the home of Space Camp, Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy for kids from the age of nine to 18. (Each camp lasts six days.) But year round, the museum has fascinating exhibits that illustrate science in everyday life for children and teens (and adults.)

Through January 5, the museum is hosting The Chronicles of Narnia, presented by Walt Disney World, Walden Media and Exhibitgroup/Gilspur. This exhibit packs archeology, geography, engineering and ecology into what you may have thought of as simply a children’s movied based on the works of C.S. Lewis. Visitors to the exhibit have the opportunity to build an arch, fire a catapult and create a unique creature similar to the ones in the film.

SRC8657EsmStarting January 29, the museum will open CSI, the Experience. Developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with support from CBS Consumer Products, the cast and crew of the television show, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the National Science Foundation, this exhibit invites visitors to utilize science to solve three different mysteries. Each includes a crime scene, evidence and multiple stations to analyze the clues.

The U. S. Space and Rocket Center Museum has plenty of permanent exhibits to illustrate the Space Shuttle Program, the Apollo Missions and the future of our space program to young and old, including the Mars Mission (with a Mars Climbing Wall,) the Apollo Cockpit Trainer and G-force accelerator.

It is open daily from 9-5, seven days a week and various ticket packages include the IMAX theater.

Photos courtesy U.S. Space and Rocket Center Museum. Used with permission.

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