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Middle-Aged Male Nerd Fest at SMM

Posted Monday, June 23rd, 2008 01:00 am GMT -5 in Movies, Pop Culture

My wife says she’s never seen so many geeky men so excited about anything before. Yesterday we went to the Science of Minnesota to see the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit.

They had a large selection of props and costumes from the various movies and a number of science-themed kiosks to explain the science behind the fiction. We also waited for the 30-minute presentation on robots that featured that “shiny guy that worries a lot,” but skipped the extra-fee hyperspace simulator.

The selection of Star Wars items in the gift shop was a little disappointing, focusing on a lot of regular junky toys, Halloween costumes and, rather surprisingly, a bunch of Family Guy Blue Harvest items. Not much in the way of exhibit guides or merchandise specific to the Science Museum either. They were selling unwrapped Star Wars trading cards, though, for $8.50 per pack (with a warning to *not* eat the gum).

Worth a visit if your childhood included Luke, Leia, Han and Chewy. Anakin et al. don’t count…

UPDATE: Photo gallery of low-res iPhone shots

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2008 at 1:00 am

3 Responses to “Middle-Aged Male Nerd Fest at SMM”

  1. laurie Says:

    That sounds like it was pretty cool. I was wondering how is the museum for toddlers? We live in White Bear lake and my husband and I have been wanting to take our 2 1/2 year old son to a science museum.

  2. David Kingsbury Says:

    Our kids liked the Children’s Museum more at that age than the Science Museum. If your son has watched any of the Star Wars movies, though, that exhibit would probably be enjoyable for him.

  3. Diaper Cake Party Says:

    Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner.

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