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Rachel “We had an amazing time here – kids had so much fun! If you have older kids a guide may be worthwhile, but younger kids can just run around and do all the experiments with your help!”
The Clore Garden of Science is an interactive, outdoor science museum located in the heart of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Run by the Davidson Institute of Science Education, the museum challenges visitors to reconsider their ingrained perceptions and to enhance their understanding of the world around them through enjoyable, hands-on activities for all ages. Its 10,000 square meters of green lawns are home to nearly 80 hands-on exhibits, large and small. The carefully built displays demonstrate the laws of physics, solar energy, water power and other natural phenomena that we take for granted every day. Natural elements such as sunlight, wind and water play an important role in many of the Garden’s displays. These “hands on”, interactive exhibits come to life only at the encounter with a curious visitor who twists, pushes, bounces and pieces them together. Among the fascinating exhibits at the Clore Garden of Science are a solar furnace that can instantly set wood on fire, water sprinklers that surround you with a full-circle rainbow, a chance to feel what it’s like to walk on the moon and a water channel that shows the physics of wave action while allowing young hands to reach in and feel. Visitors older than ten can be a human yo-yo, and those as young as five can whisper secrets that travel across the park, spin in place like an Olympic ice skater, and perform a dozen other experiments that fascinate and educate. Since its establishment over a decade ago the Clore Garden of Science has enriched hundreds of thousands of visitors, instilling in them a love of science and inquiry and an awareness of environmental responsibility. Over 60,000 visitors annually – school children, families and tourists enjoy the scientific experience of the Clore Garden of Science.