One of the territory’s most avant-garde and eye-catching buildings, Macau Science Center (MSC) was designed by world-renowned architect IM Pei (Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower, the Louvre Pyramid in Paris) in collaboration with Pei Partnership Architects, and completed in 2009. Across a total floor space of 20,000 square metres, the museum consists of two separate educational spaces (the conical Exhibition Center and dome-topped Planetarium) and a Convention Center. Its aim is to promote and popularise science, and to provide a platform for education, conventions and exhibitions.
There are no fewer than 14 permanent galleries arranged in an upward spiral in the Exhibition Center – including 12 permanent galleries – covering a wide variety of topics such as space, genetics, robotics, physics, genetics, sports, food and the environment. The exhibitions seek to provide knowledge-oriented, scientific and interesting interactive exhibits, often with interactive elements that help visitors to experience the displays in a hands-on way. There is also a mechanics workshop that outlines the fundamentals of robotics and robotic design.
The 127-seater Planetarium is the first in the world to be equipped with a three-dimensional, ultra-HD projection system, and has been recognised as the highest-resolution 3D planetarium in the world. Its powerful astronomical database is able to take audiences on a journey through space and time, with the help of interactive features such as specially made glasses. It functions also a fully operational, high-definition wraparound cinema, showing a number of animated films on the subject of space and the environment.
The Convention Center’s state-of-the-art facilities enable successful audiovisual presentations, and also include systems for simultaneous interpretation and video conferencing. Its main rooms are a multi-functional Convention Hall and four subsidiary meeting rooms.
Address: Avenida Dr Sun Yat-Sen, Macau
Phone: +853 2888 0822
Bus routes nearby: 3A, 8, 10A, 12