Friday, May 30, 2008

Inside Petrosains

Petrosains is a museum and a science discovery center of some sort that showcases scientific studies related to petroleum and energy in a way that is fun and exciting and that kids will understand them. Owned by Petronas, a leading oil and gas company in Malaysia, it showcases a history of oil and gas in Malaysia and presents things from humble beginning to what it is now to audiences of both kids and adults. The museum is located in the top floor of Suria KLCC.

Before we went in to Petrosains main exhibit area, we first went to Speed!, a side exhibit featuring motor sports, motion and obviously, speed. Inspired by Grand Prix Formula 1 race, the exhibit contains a lot of items related to speed and racing.

There were hands-on demos available all-over. This was an example of which ball will reach the end point first by slanted or straight line.

Mind games. There was an object inside and the goal is to push that object towards your opponent. The more energy you concentrate on your mind, the greater the force of pushing the object away from you.

There were also model cars like this one that mimic those that are used for the race.

This is a racing simulator game. It got me dizzy afterwards but it was cool and quite realistic.

One of those racing games in the exhibit, but not the type where you will be driving. It is more of who's the fastest to accelerate (or step on the gas wheel). Kinda lame but it was a group fun.

After a few minutes inside the Speed! exhibit, we went to Petrosains.

In Petrosains, we rode one of this funny looking but futuristic ride to get inside the exhibit area. Called Dark Ride In, the vehicles are designed to look like oil drops.

On the way to the exhibit proper there were panels like these that showcases history and exciting colorful displays and sounds about where we are heading to. It's like being transported from the real world to the world of Petrosains.

We arrived in Petrojaya. According to the information guide, it was a town derived from a comic book. I didn't get the relation of this town, but I find it interesting, colorful, and very artistic.

There was this mirror that seems to reflect bystanders endlessly so I took this shot.

Next stop was in Geotime Diorama. There was a large scale model of a dinosaur and the area described things about fossils and petroleum.

Next we were headed to Science Station. The theme was all about space and space exploration. In there we were able to play with some exhibits that mimics what you will find in space mission control centers.

Mission Control Centre

There was this toy where you will have to insert your head and take your picture. The result will be displayed up in the ceiling where a spaceman is flying but with your head. I call this the "crazy spaceman".

There's this Thermal Infrared Camera also where you stand in front of a camera and on your left is what a human eye can see an on the right, it's infrared counterpart.

Right outside was like a play area. We tried to "play" a soccer game starring ourselves in the video game.

There was a Helicopter Simulator where the chopper will take you around and land you on an oil platform.

After the ride, you will be directed to a mock up of an oil platform. You will really feel as if you're in a real one right in the middle of the sea.

After the tour inside the oil platform were other interesting stuffs.

There was a "bed of nails" that Julie tried and according to her, it didn't hurt at all.

There was another race simulator but this time you really get to race and drive.

Eugene and Julie tried this long and looping slide.

There was also a few aquariums in Petrosains showcasing beautiful tropical fishes.

More interesting stuff came towards the end of the whole tour. There were mind bogglers and eye deceivers like these.

Is it straight or slanted?

At the end of the tour, we rode again one of those oil-shaped vehicles. Here shown are both regular day-to-day living people and visionaries.

For me, Petrosains was an exciting museum to visit both for kids and adults alike. There are loads of things you can learn from it and the way they presented their exhibits are in a fun and exciting way as compared to conventional science discovery centers that can be a bit boring.

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