This museum showcases captivating holograms from around the world and other three-dimensional images produced by laser ... More
Museum of Holography
This museum showcases captivating holograms from around the world and other three-dimensional images produced by laser lights, with a focus on artistic use. Holography was developed at the Imperial College in London by Dr. Dennis Gabor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1971 for his holographic inventions that produced accurate depictions of three-dimensional images. The museum demonstrates how lasers create three-dimensional images, as well as the effect of movement. Admission is $2.50 adults, children under 6 free. Group tours are available by appointment.
As fun and unique as this museum would have been, a friend and I were VERY disappointed waiting around for 15 minutes after the listed opening time hoping that the museum would eventually open. To our dismay, employees at the nearby market told us that the building was for sale and that the Museum had closed for good a month or so ago.
If you're in the area, head over to the Market that's just around the corner on May Street.
We (my entire family) were looking forward to seeing what seemed like it would be a unique attraction, and arrived at approximately 12:40 PM on WEDNESDAY, June 18th of this year (within the specified day/time frame for the museum to be open and in operation.) No one was there! There was no signage at all to indicate why this would be the case. We rang the bell repeatedly, not wanting to waste the trip and the day. However, no one ever came to the door. Thinking that perhaps the proprietor/curator was perhaps just late in arriving, we went and ate at a nearby restaurant. Returning at around 2:15 PM, we STILL found no one there to admit visitors.
We went to enquire at a grocery around the corner, and were amazed to hear from the employees there that this was NOT the first time vistors to the museum had had this same experience. This seems really unprofessional, misleading, and downright inconsiderate to treat perspective customers, and visitors to the city this way. again, there was nothing at all to indicate why the place was deserted that day, on a day they were supposedly open for business. I send a complaint letter and received no reply. Now I see that their website has been suspended. I therefore advise whoever plans to visit there to use caution. We also called their listed phone number, and only got a recorded message - which again confirmed that we had the days and hours right! We could not reach a person, in order to ascertain whether the hours had changed, or whatever! I hope this keeps someone else from wasting a trip; did I mention we had taken the L (subway) and TWO busses to get there?
I have been to the Museum of Holography probably 5 times and still love to go back. I have recommended it to many people and they have loved it too. It is a small place, you may spend 20 minutes or 2 hours there. It is cutting edge art and science. Okay, so I am a techy but this is cool and interactive. If you want to develop an interest for science in children or adults without overwhelming them this is the place to go!
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