Techmania Science Center

Learning center with many interactive exhibits in Plzeň

Eva Howlings

Written by Eva Howlings Published on 16.05.2012 14:47 (updated on 16.05.2012) Reading time: 4 minutes

Techmania Science Center

Techmania Science Center

Techmania Science Center, Plzeň

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Techmania Science Center

Techmania is a hands-on learning center with many interactive exhibits, built by Škoda and housed in its sprawling tech park. The displays appeal to kids of all ages, and teach adults a few things, too.

Techmania Science Center

Techmania Science Center

Borská St., Plzeň

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Techmania Science Center

It takes a little over an hour to drive to Plzeň from Prague. You can also take a bus, or one of the trains – including the Prague-Munich train.

Techmania Science Center

We gave the place a solid 2.5 hours before feeling “scienced out”, and it was us, the parents, who’d had enough – not the kids.

Techmania Science Center

On the website, the address is given as Týlova 1/57, but this is just one of several streets that surround the enormous industrial complex. You actually need to drive to Borská street, and drive through Gate V. There we were greeted by a friendly person who gave us a map and explained how to get to the parking in front of the center.

Techmania Science Center

To the left of ticket sales is a daily program. There are permanent and temporary exhibits – check the site out beforehand. There are lockers in the šatna, free to use with a 10 CZK deposit. The entire area is wheelchair accessible. Do not miss the Espionage exhibit, where you can learn about ballistics, code, safecracking and surveillance.

Techmania Science Center

Indoor. There’s not much seating, but when legs start to get tired there are lots of chairs next to tables filled with puzzles – something here for all levels.

Techmania Science Center

The cafeteria is modern and clean. The food is a basic assortment of baguettes, pastries, ice cream, párek in a rohlík, and the like. We actually found the donuts to be amazing! They also had something I’ve not seen yet: pizza rohlík for just 8 CZK. They were great. Oddly, there was no alochol for sale, not even beer.

Techmania Science Center

40 CZK for the day.

Techmania Science Center

Techmania is open every day of the week from 09:00 – 05:00.

Techmania Science Center

This is a place that’s perfect for all ages.

Techmania Science Center

The space is one giant hall, with many individual exhibits sectioned off. It’s not that big, but the way it’s laid out, you could lose track of your kids easily. Sound carries easily though, so play “Marco Polo”, to find each other.
 
Apart from the issue of getting separated, there’s not much danger here. We did have an accident on the spinning disc machine that rotates you around depending how you tilt the wheel – some fingers got crushed. Only afterwards did I see the sign – in Czech and English – warning you not to touch the wheel.

Techmania Science Center

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Adults are 140 CZK; Children, 90 CZK. Family ticket for a maximum of five people is 300 CZK. Kids under 4 are free.

Anything that turns kids onto learning is worth every penny, and Techmania could double its prices and I’d still recommend it. It’s great value considering the quality of the exhibits and how long you can stay there experimenting and being creative.

Techmania Science Center

http://www.techmania.cz/

Techmania Science Center

Me: “Kids, today we’re going to a Science Museum!”
Girl: “Yay!!!”
Boy: “Aaaw, I don’t want to go to a museum!” Then I showed him the website, and pointed to a man with his arm on fire. “Cool!” So off we went. In the entrance hall are four bike/car contraptions. The kids were on them like flies, of course, and we were looking around for those disapproving faces and getting ready to pull our kids back off. But it was actually OK for them to drive around in these things. What a great welcome to a day of pressing buttons, moving things around, looking through things, and getting all the hands-on experience we wanted.

When talking about any kid-friendly science museum, you have to compare it to iQ Park in Liberec. Techmania isn’t nearly as big, and some of its exhibits are the same. But not all. And Techmania has a few things going for it. The English-language support is better – everything is marked with clear and correct English and German. The hall itself is interesting. This is where Škoda once made trains – and the oldest surviving example of their electric-powered 2Elo dominates the back wall. Also, it is now home to David Černý’s controversial sculpture “Entropa.” I showed the gigantic art piece to my 6-year old and asked what she thought of it. “Wow! They’re building a giant climbing frame! Please can I go on it?”

We visited the center on a Sunday and it was not crowded at all. We had fun for hours. We made sand patterns, sparks and rainbows. We drew perspective drawings on glass, spoke through a giant balloon, learned how airport security works, saw a Marx steam engine demo, played spies, and shone light through a water lens. My husband and I took a little break at a cute faux French café – there was no food, but it was pleasant under the striped awning of Chez James. Only later did we realize that the table where we took a break was bugged – it was part of the spy exhibit – and someone could have been listening to every word we said! We never did see a man with his arm on fire, but both kids definitely thought it was very much worth the trip.

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