Here are two reasons to visit the New York Hall of Science within the next 6 weeks. One is to go to an attraction where you will not be assailed by holiday themes. The other is that the exhibit, “Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think” is only there through January 15th. The title is slightly misleading. You don’t really learn what animals think about, though you do get to learn about which animals behaviors are signs of their thinking.
Though it is rather on a smaller scale than some of the museum’s other temporary exhibits (see http://lodeplus.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/review-of-queens-museums-review), it does have some thought-provoking displays. One of them is touch screen monitor that poses the question, “Is this thinking?” about various animal activities. The answers may surprise you. Some activities are classified as thinking, but some, constructive and even creative though they may seem, are considered to be the instictive rather than purposeful. Then there are the intriguing examples of behavior, like that of the octopus, that are not clearly defined either way.
Additional displays offer more detailed looks at these activities with videos of the animals in action, like the dolphins interacting with a mirror or the lyrebird imitating sounds like a car alarm.One of the displays offers visitors a chance to take the same memory test the chimpanzee has learned to master. Will your performance be better or worse? Find out.
While you’re there, you may want to watch a movie in the 3D theater. I haven’t seen a film there yet, but one of the two currently showing, Tornado Alley, I reviewed in http://lodeplus.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/get-blown-away-review
The New York Hall of Science is at 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368. Admission for adults (18 & over) is $11. For children 2-17, it’s $8, as it is for students with college ID and senior citizens. Admission is free on Friday 2-5 PM and Sundays between 10 and 11 AM, September through June only.
If you have ASTC membership, you get in free any time, and that make it worth the 4 star rating. If you pay the regular admission price, consider it worth only 3 stars. *Note: another way to save money when you visit is to skip the pay lot and park on the street nearby. I’ve always found parking not too far away, especially in the fall and winter months.
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