Science Spectrum offers education, variety of exhibits

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer

Ever wanted to hang-glide? Or see a space suit? Now you can do that, or many other things, less than two hours away from the Clovis/Portales area. The Science Spectrum in Lubbock features hundreds of exhibits from many different areas.

What is it?
According to its Web site (www.sciencespectrum.com), the Science Spectrum is a non-profit museum dedicated to science education. It features more than 250 interactive exhibits, the OMNI Theater and live science shows.

How to get there:
The museum is about 105 miles from the Clovis/Portales area. From either city, drive to Muleshoe, then continue east on US 84. When you reach Lubbock, look for Indiana Avenue, where you will turn right. Stay on Indiana for about six miles, then turn left on Loop 289. You’ll take the left ramp onto the state loop a quarter-mile later, then travel on the state loop for five miles before going back onto Loop 289. The museum address is 2579 S Loop 289.

What is the OMNI Theater?
The theater has a 58-foot screen with a 160-degree panoramic view. Sound is no problem with an 18,000-watt digital theater sound system. Current features include Disney’s “Aliens of the Deep” and “Roar,” a National Geographic movie about lions of the Kalahari in Africa.

Hours and admission prices:
The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Note all times are CST.

Admission to the museum alone is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and children. The OMNI Theater alone runs $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and children. Package deals that include entrance to both are $10.50 for adults and $8.50 for seniors and children.

What exhibits are there:
The museum publicizes its Brazos River exhibit, a 5,000 square foot area with 30 aquariums and terrariums to showcase the wildlife of the river, the largest one contained completely in Texas.

The “Science in Sports” exhibit shows the importance of nutrition in an athlete’s performance and has a virtual hang-glider ride.

Other exhibits include the kid’s zone for those five and under and space exhibits, including the first NASA space suit.

What you might not like:
The prices. A family of four could easily spend $40 without even visiting the gift shop. The museum does offer a $75 annual membership, which allows up to five people to enter the museum free and receive discounts at the gift shop and the OMNI Theater. A membership for two people is $45 with those same benefits.

Information:
The web site, www.sciencespectrum.com, or 806-745-2525.