I maybe biased but Science Gallery is a great place to learn, debate on their exhibitions that are unique and so different to other museums and galleries. It's science meets art in the most modern way! Every exhibition has its own distinct identity, and best of all, it's FREE. Great for family as well.
They also have lots of events going on, so be sure to check them out at their site.
I first came to the Science Gallery to take in a talk by Paola Antonelli, the head of the architecture and design department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was captivating and the intimate space where she gave her lecture really made it feel special.
Since then I've been back to the Science Gallery on a handful of occasions for events and exhibitions and always thoroughly enjoy myself. I'd definitely put this place on a must-see list whilst in Dublin.
There really is nothing negative I could say about the Science Gallery to be blunt about it. No matter what exhibit is currently on there will always be something to intrigue and interest your nerdy side. The gift shop is fantastic with all manner of quirky products and fascinating books on subjects you never even realised there could be a book about. The staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the exhibits and you can really tell everyone loves working there. Who could blame them? Getting to talk about science in an environment such as this is a rare privilege.
Science Gallery also features a rather fancy cafe with delightful staff and a cool seating area with unusually designed tables and chairs. The coffee is quite nice too!
This is a great place to while away an hour or two either alone or with friends. It's very children friendly too.
I was in the Science Gallery for a meeting, and had a look around while at it. It was great -- a huge game of Jenga, bursting balloons, some sort of casino game going on. It's lots of fun, the staff are chatty and enthusiastic, and everybody is just there to have a laugh. It's worth a look if you're walking around Trinity or happen to be around Pearse Street, otherwise I'm not sure there'd be enough there to justify a detour. Still, worth checking out if you have the time.
The science gallery provides great entertainment and is free! :)
I'd particularly recommend the current exhibition "Game. The future of play.". It's all about different concepts involved in games and gaming, and how it's evolved over years. It's a very interactive exhibition with loads of fun things you can do. For eg. you have to physically navigate your way around a maze while wearing video goggles that show you a video of you in the maze from a camera view in front and overhead to add the challenge of rethinking your lefts from rights and distances etc. As well as that there are ping pong games where you control your bat going up and down on the screen by speaking in a higher or lower pitch.
Definitely pop along if you are looking for something fun to do to kill some time! I didn't have time to do everything on Saturday so I'm going back tomorrow!
A friend sequestered me into going to a lecture by an astro-physicist.
'Annie, it will be full of nerds you really don't have to go.'
But I knew I had to go. That's what friends do, take an interest in their friends interests every once and awhile.
'No, no, no it's cool. I dig stars and stuff.'
It was my first time to go to a lecture in the gallery, they run free lectures frequently. I was transported back to my misspent college days of lecture halls and that elusive art of concentration.
The guest lecturer from the University of California, Berkeley was amazing, so amazing in fact that I really did not understand anything she was saying.
Because the topic went over my head I instead tried to connect in some way with her. She is a highly intelligent woman of autumnal years, glamorous, a researcher and director of many NASA programmes. I realised after her second sentence that we connected in two ways; we are women and blonde.
My companion on the other hand nodded enthralled along with the other members of the audience. I just started to daydream about sex and asteroids.
But then something wonderful happened.
The lecturer played some data that smart people have turned into space sounds. You see there is no sound in space but when they read the data of particles hitting spaceships and I don't know eh, space rain swirling about, it makes patterns.
They assigned sounds to the individual patterns and the result is space sounds. Now that was very cool, all it needs is a pumping bass line and happy days, it's good to go for the next Miami winter music conference.
That is my next project, to make space sounds dance music sexy. You see; science is fun after all.
This is a great spot to meet friends for a tea/coffee. Located at the back of Trinity College, it's got the perfect balance of university "trendiness" and a relaxed atmosphere, and isn't pretentious (as it might sound).
The coffee is great- strong and citrusy- and the food is perfectly fine, though the selection is somewhat limited. This isn't the kind of place you'd go to "do lunch" in any grand way, but rather a casual meeting spot that you might find yourself lingering at longer than expected.
The exhibitions are varied, covering different areas of scientific study in a very accessible, light-hearted way, and they're staffed by knowledgeable science students and graduates from the college. The website can tell you what's on, and it's worth going for a stroll through after your cup is drained.
As others have pointed out, gallery membership is available and gives you a 10% discount. There's also a small gift shop which has some surprisingly cool nerdy merchandise.
Downsides are that the furniture is all rather solid plastic, and some of the exhibits can be quite noisy depending on the exhibition! But that's all part of the relaxed charm.
For something a little different, this place is worth a visit. I may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're fed up of the bedlam of many coffee shops nearby, it's recommended.
"Making science fun", three words to strike fear into anyone with a pulse. The Science Gallery gives it a go, and mostly succeeds.
The gallery tries to blend the scientific with the artistic, and also encourages people to interact with the exhibits. If you're expecting to just go and look at a light-show, you'll be disappointed.
The Gallery also tries to follow you home, in a way. It's website has detailed break-downs of past and present exhibitions, a great online store and a podcast series.
There really isn't a place like this anywhere else in Ireland (that I know of). So, if you're at a loose end on Pearse Street, stop in. The admission price is €Free.99, but this place definitely deserves a little donation as you leave too!
You'll always learn something new when you visit the Science Gallery.
The exhibitions strive to explore exciting and current areas of Science. They are aimed at people of all backgrounds, interests and age groups. The mediators who work on the exhibitions are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to divulge this information according to the needs of the visitor ; if you have a strong scientific background they are happy to engage in a stimulating conversation with you but if you are a novice at science then they will take a more introductory approach.
Even if they are between exhibitions (which is not very often, as they have 4-5 exhibitions per year lasting from 1- 3 months each) there are still workshops and talks on to feed your scientific thirst!
The space has a bright and relaxed atmosphere.
So we were going somewhere by train and we needed to kill 40 mins, so Science Gallery popped in to my head.
I had been here before to see what was going on as I was passing. Its great for nosey and doesn't cost the earth (its free, but you can give a donation). Today it was all about robots.
But we went straight to the cafe for a refuel. My cappuccino was grand and the muffin my buddy had was very nice. They brought our order to the table when it was ready too, good stuff.
In the cafe section, there are blackboards with stuff on them, but they also want people to get involved, so we added out own nonsense to them.
The shop has some quirky stuff too, if a little pricey. There was this ice tray that made ice in the shape of Space Invaders - cool! But 10EUR... hmmm, maybe after payday.
A new discovery for me - which is shocking considering it has been there for so long and also given that there has been at least one big Yelp event there in the recent past!
I was really impressed, it is light, bright, airy with random bits of technology all over the place (funnily enough) and a small counter area serving some of the most inviting looking pastries and biscuits I have seen since I last walked into Poppies in Dun Laoghaire (yelp.ie/biz/poppies-coun…)
We entered and sat and on the table is a little stand saying "Push The Button" with 3 keys on it (have attached a pic!), I pressed II for coffee, 2 seconds later a very friendly girl was over to ask what coffee we wanted, an excellent espresso and cappuccino duly arrived.
Will be back as soon as I can find an excuse... the caramel squares looked spectacular!
I used to come here all the time, since I work next door. However, they changed owners several months ago and since then the coffee has gone seriously down hill. It used to be run by the same people as Cafe de Napoli. In other words, they know how to make coffee. Now it is dirty dishwater. I have not tried their food since the change over. Best to walk the half-block down Westland Row to Cafe de Napoli for coffee.
Aside from the cafe, the Science Gallery has very interesting exhibitions. Sign up as a member for discounts and event news. I have attended several lectures and events. Many of them are great for kids and they make an effort to be interactive. If you are in the area and have some time it is worth dropping by to see what is going on.
This is a great space and concept. A place where you can go and learn, discuss, debate and question science in all its forms and current scientific issues.
They have really great exhibitions that change on a regular basis so check out their website to keep up to date on what is on and when! Exhibitions are free as are some events but other wise the charge is quite cheap as it is mainly frequented by students. Throughout the exhibitions there are always talks and workshops on so it is really hands on and a great way to get involved and learn.
They have a cafe there as well that does a really good coffee and a Friday night sample menu and bar.
Really interesting new addition to Trinity College, taking advantage of their location along the length of Pearse street this Gallery opens up the college to the general public.
The huge windows draw everyones attention as they walk past and people can see all the interactive exhibits that are on show inside.
Interactive is the main word here, most things that are exhibited in the various exhibitions are interactive and involve you having to do something or taking part in mini experiments. This means it is fantastic for kids and families.
Just off the dart line and not far from the city centre this is a good option if you are looking for something a little different.
The newest addition to Trinity's campus comes in the form of the Science Gallery.
This place is certainly a departure for the University as its interiors are chic and its exhibitions are innovative and ultra-modern. I saw "lightwave" and "Infectious" there in the last few months and thought they were both really interesting (despite my limited ability to grasp things of a scientific nature). Admission to the exhibitions is free, which is a small mercy in the city and the space is well used.
"Café Flux" is located inside the Science Gallery and is a hip place to see and be seen as it is often inhabited by super-cool modern types who apparently have the kind of lifestyles in which they can spend the day choosing from the array of fantastical coffees on offer and chatting to other super-cool modern types. And you will be seen, as the exterior wall onto Pearse Street is made of glass. How very cosmopolitan of you Trinity.
i had a great time here with a group of friends, all 8 of us adults!
we hung out in the coffee shop for over an hour and the gift shop for another half hour. all a good laugh and educational.
in the exhibition there was lots of interactive parts and the kids there seemed to love it as much as the adults. it was educational too but in that school trip way not the classroom way.
and best of all, it was FREE!
only down side was it could have been bigger then then the exhibition was on the elements and i guess there's really only so much you can exhibit in a fun and interesting way.
ill defiantly go back for the next one.
I'm not really a sciencey kinda guy but I've always thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Science Gallery in Dublin. Their exhibitions and installations are always world-class and won't be seen anywhere else. They are doing a tremendous job with this years' shows as part of Dublin being the European city of Science. Their previous exhibition on water was incredible - who'd have thought something that we all take for granted in developed economies was so intricate. Their current exposition, EDIBLE, is my favourite to date. As a foodie it naturally appealed to me, but it's also managed to get me more interested in the science of food. I also had the fortune of being one of a very lucky small group to attend a food photography masterclass with Scott from Modernist Cuisine. Their programme of events has something for everyone and well worth keeping an eye on as places are limited and sell out quickly.
The café is also pretty nice here. Their coffee is good and the gals working the floor are copped-on and know how to look after customers - even when it's insanely busy. Nice book selection too.
Good atmosphere, always something interesting going on! Staff are great, really helpful. Love the hot chocolate in the cafe, and the brownies are to die for.
A new initiative of the Trinity College Dublin, a fun and impressive museum of science, with tons of events and exhibitions. Currently you can sign up for a free membership, which will make you entitled for free wireless internet in the building, admission to special events and openings of exhibitions, and many other cool things!
Really nice place to hang out and kill a bit of time between meetings. The café is small but has a nice selection of pastries and hot drinks (chai latte is worth a try).
Ask at reception for a wifi daypass and they'll kindly oblige. The gift shop has lots of gadgets and gizmos which you may want to spend a bit of time playing with!