Haifa’s Madatech National Science, Technology and Space Museum is a large attraction packed with interactive exhibits that appeal to both adults and children. The museum is situated in the enormous structure that was once the Technion building, not far from the Bahai Gardens in Haifa’s Hadar neighborhood. The Madatech building was constructed in the first decade of the 20th century, visited by Albert Einstein in 1923, and converted into a museum in 1984. Approximately 200,000 people visit the museum each year now, many of them schoolchildren.
For the purpose of mapping, the Madatech National Science, Technology, and Space Museum may be divided into five sections. The main building’s ground level has the front desk, a café, a kids’ play area, a gift shop, and a number of exhibitions, including The Road to Safety Exhibition and the history of the printing press. Children and adults can sit side by side on a crash simulator at the Road to Safety Exhibition to demonstrate the need of wearing seatbelts when driving. The simulator is controlled solely by a museum guide.
The Dark Room, which features an exhibit of lights, plasma, electric charges, and lasers, is one of the places that kids can like the most. Not to mention the interesting plasma ball, standing in front of the phosphorescent wall and witnessing one’s after-image “burned” onto the wall is something that is almost miraculous.
After seeing the whole museum’s interior, go outside for some exercise and fresh air. The Noble Energy Science Park, a playable park of scientific models and activities, is located in the courtyard. One such illustration is the initial helicopter concept by Da Vinci, in which kids and tiny adults may step inside and “fly” using manual power like pedaling.
Another of Da Vinci’s brilliant creations, the pendulum swing, is located in the park and lasts an extremely long period with only a single push. The Boyo, a human yo-yo, where kids and adults may launch themselves 4 meters into the air and come back down for a bounce and re-launch, is arguably the most well-liked attraction in the whole Madatech museum complex. Be careful not to play the yo-yo for too long because it might leave your arms really painful the next day. An ex-Israeli Air Force F-21 “Kfir” warplane is also on exhibit in the park.
The Sports Science Exhibition is housed in a structure parallel to the main exhibition building that is located across from the Noble Energy Science Park.
Experience Madatech’s Cinematrix, a cutting-edge SMART theater that simultaneously appeals to all of the human senses, for a nominal extra fee. The theater has many interactive 3D systems, a multi-channel sound system, and smart chairs with built-in ticklers and dual-motion capabilities. These features are complemented by smells, air flows, and water effects. Using the remote control, engage with the 3D characters that jump out at you from the screen. Flight, safety, and space are all featured in the movie. All movies are in Hebrew, however you can reserve English movies in advance. To confirm film availability, be sure to give the museum a call in advance.