Not that this exhibit needs another plug. It has been so incredibly popular that the lines can become quite beastly. We arrived there on a Sunday before noon and faced no line at all until half way through the exhibit, but by the time we got out, the lines stretched out the building and down the street. And yes, this did make the kids’ overall impression of the experience one of boredom, but in the same way Disneyland is boring. Which is to say, Disneyland is not boring. Waiting in line is.
There are 9 full room installation meant to inspire wonder, and do they ever. I hate to go with the herd here, but the rainbow made of strings is so ingeniously conceived and perfectly executed, that it does kind of steal the show.
My second favorite was the bug room. And I say this as a squeamish girly girl who makes Kent kill the spiders. These enormous real bees and moths and beetles were impressive and wonderful in and of themselves, but used as ornamentation in elaborate patterns? For the first time ever, I literally can’t even. Yes, you can slap me for saying that.
This netting and light display was definitely beautiful, but I felt like I had seen it before in stage productions.
The sheer number of man hours it must have taken to assemble this wonderful hollow tree from little Jenga-like wood chips was astounding.
You can clearly see that Salty is astounded by the sheer man hours, etc.
A now, a new take on office clutter: stacks of white cards like post its.
My kids were way into the willow sapling nesty, wicky-up thingers
Is it worth the time, trouble and wait? I vote definitely yes. Even Kent who had to be convinced and cajoled into going really enjoyed it and said it was the kind of thing anyone could appreciate even if you’re not into modern art. That said, older kids and adults will probably have a higher line tolerance and appreciation. There is a stroller, check with a separate entrance on the side.
Preschooler says: I liked the stone one (paper piles) and the rainbow one. I was kind of bored that it didn’t have any shows. I thought the bugs were alive and they were going to come to life and fly all over the room.