How was your experience?
We are adults w/ no kids and our only option was to go at 10:30am on a week day. Holy cow, I almost went deaf, from all the kids screaming and running around. The only quiet sanctuary we could find was the Nat Geo World's 50 Greatest photograph section. Other than that, it was like the McDonald's play pen. I was afraid to touch anything thinking of how many germs were spread around everywhere. I've seen much better science museums in other cities. This by far was my least favorite. It was just big architecture with kids crawling in and out of it. I wanted to read the descriptions but there wasn't much of that available... Pompeii exhibit was a joke. Thank god I only spent $13 bucks getting in. (from a web deal). It is NOT worth $25 or whatever they're charging! They show you 2 really lame CGI movies depicting the eruption time line that are 4 min each and there are about dozen bodies in a dim lit room and they're not even the originals (the originals are kept in Pompeii), they're just a cast that's been replicated. Honestly, the ones you see in books are much better than these fake casts. At least if they're fake, let us touch them! And I heard you couldn't even take pictures. It wouldn't come out anyway because it's so dark in that room... It was so loud in there with kids running around, I could barely hold myself together. They hold you behind ropes and let people in little by little to view the lame CGI movie before letting you out to the next exhibit, it was so frustrating waiting on line with no air and screaming kids. They commercialize this exhibit like it's an epic, must-see, but it was WAY TOO SHORT and you can see the rest of the artifacts (minus the bodies) in other historical museums. Save your money and go to an art museum, unless you've got screaming kids! Parking inside museum 1 hr: $9 2 hrs: $15