Our Dynamic Earth

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Our Dynamic Earth

One of the best places in Edinburgh to learn about natural science, with exhibits covering the Big Bang, evolution, extreme climates and more

Opened in 1999, Our Dynamic Earth is a Millennium Commission project and an element of the regeneration process which invigorated the Holyrood area of Edinburgh in advance of the Scottish Parliament Building being built there around the same time. A distinctive looking landmark in its own right, with a tented roof which mimics the sailmasts of a ship, it’s a science centre whose principal aim is to educate on the geological formation of the Earth.

Amongst various interactive and partially simulated galleries within the building, exhibits demonstrate to visitors the formation of the Earth from the Big Bang onwards, patterns of glacial activity and animals that have been made extinct by evolution, and travel to the depths of the ocean, the icy extremes of the polar ice caps and a tropical rainforest. Other features include the 360 degree immersive Show Dome experience and science education packages, while there is a café on site serving meals and kids’ lunches.

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Our Dynamic Earth says
A visit to Dynamic Earth is like nothing else on Earth. It's a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shape our planet, to journey through space and time and even go on a '4dventure' around the world. You'll be embarking on the interactive adventure of a lifetime - the lifetime of our planet! Throughout the year we offer a range of family friendly drop-in events. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates.
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Venue name: Our Dynamic Earth
Address: Holyrood Road
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  • Attractions and museums Until Sunday December 31 2017
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