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Jorie and I visited the brand-new Museum of Mathematics today, at Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Jorie had for some reason been fixated on it ever since I mentioned the place.

It turns out to have been a great choice for families with kids: every single thing there is an exciting interactive exhibit, with video labels giving basic, intermediate or advanced explanations of the principles involved (though Jorie wasn't much for reading the labels). Not all the exhibits are 100% finished, and a few were already down, but they've got an enthusiastic staff and there was plenty to do.
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Is it also worthwhile for the mathematically knowledgeable adult (or kid!) or mainly just for the typical kid? I really enjoyed The Computer Museum in San Francisco and might make a point of checking this out on my next trip ;-)
+Mugizi Rwebangira The mathematical content of the place is not tremendously advanced, and it doesn't really have a historical approach, so the mathematically knowledgeable adult probably wouldn't learn much; the core target group is probably bright kids of about ages 8-12, though my 6-year-old daughter loved the place.

But I still liked playing with some of the toys, particularly the video-feedback-based fractal generator, the adjustable metal spline that is a miniature roller-coaster track, and the 3D function morpher.
+Matt McIrvin Thanks, it is probably the right approach for them, a kids oriented approach will get far more visitors. But I'll definitely check it out if I ever have a free afternoon in NYC.
Related to the above comments, how "real" was the math?  Often I find that "math iz kewl" exhibits tend (naturally) to focus heavily on the kewl, at the expense of the reality of what most mathematicians actually work on/with on a daily basis.  I guess it's hard to make Sobolev spaces or conformal mappings exciting, especially when you have fractals and soap bubbles right next door.
+Matt Tearle Much of the mathematical content was amusing consequences of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century stuff, rather than more modern math.

The old Charles and Ray Eames Mathematica exhibit (still visible at the Boston Museum of Science and, I think, the New York Hall of Science near Flushing Meadows) actually made a better stab at covering what mathematicians do, though it also had to struggle to make it all engaging.
I didn't make it to the MoMath on this visit, but having grown up with the Boston Museum of Science, I was please to see the same Mathematica at the NY Hall of Science.  They do have a bone thrown to the idea that anything has happened in mathematics since 1966, with a clickable timeline of lives of mathematicians including some who are still alive in the 2010s, with a few women and non-Europeans/Americans thrown in for good measure.
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