Work took us to space! Or, more accurately, the Space Exhibit at OMSI. But first, we got a backstage tour of OMSI, which was awesome.
It was really interesting to learn how the exhibits are built and stored. Here, our guide stands in front of a poster with principals such as font size and how to make sure people using wheelchairs can have full access.
Here are some exhibits that have been recovered from storage. The team has plans to update the graphics to make them more accessible for girls and for native Spanish speakers. (Also to make them not quite so 80s.)
One principle of design for a museum catering to children is “never underestimate the power of an eight-year-old girl.” Apparently children en mass can really tear apart structures, so things must be over-designed for heavy use. The design team attributes this destruction to kids not knowing their own power. “Adults could never break something, because they know they can’t. Kids don’t know that and so they can.”
This shake house has been part of OMSI for a very long time. I went in it as a child, back when OMSI was located by the zoo. It repeatedly played a snippet of Carol King’s “I feel the earth move”. Apparently, it did this until just a few years ago.
Part of space was a simulation of what it’s like to be in a gravity-free environment in the international space station. You stand, the space station spins around you. A guy watches you closely to make sure you don’t pass out.
It took me about fifteen minutes to recover my equilibrium. Space is not for me.