|The entrance to the Discovery Times Square on 44th Street.|
From movies to novels, this interactive new exhibit takes you beyond the fiction and Hollywood drama and puts you face to face with the fascinating truth behind the scenes. Encounter real stories and real gadgets finally revealed and gain insights into how intelligence really works.
Before going about the exhibit, I want to applaud this great addition to attractions in Times Square. Where Madame Tussaud's and Ripley's Believe It Or Not appear completely commercial, I like that Discovery Times Square serves a purpose that is in contrast to the far more "serious" museums of New York City. It's goal is "to create a home for traveling exhibitions that local museums might find either too large, too expensive, too nondisciplinary or too commercial for their non-profit attention". The focus on the one or two current exhibits is also less overwhelming than the vast collections at major institutions.
In addition if you find that the two exhibits at Discovery Times Square peaks your interests go ahead a buy a combo ticket where you pay one discounted price to see both. Since the admission prices vary according to each exhibition, the discount can be between five to ten dollars.
The kid in me did enjoy navigating a field laser beams but the fun is over before you know it. Though their are lots of spy gadgets, your interest in the displays will depend on your awareness or knowledge of the historical events to which they are associated. Here are some highlights:
|One of the most notorious murder weapons in modern history: the ice-pick that|
killed Leon Trotsky in 1937. Trotsky, considered a threat to the Soviet state,
lived four days after the initial blow.