Astronomy in Culture

Think your phone alarm is harsh? Come see a sundial that fires a cannon to let you know it’s lunchtime.

Included With General Admission

Medieval European and Middle Eastern stargazers invented spectacular tools like the cannon sundial, the astrolabe, and the armillary sphere to understand and interact with the Universe. In Astronomy in Culture, you’ll travel back in time and get to know some of these curious and creative people. Over the centuries, teachers, monks, mathematicians, and kings alike have been captivated by the sky they share.

Visit our medieval classroom to find out how much different school was back then. And learn how, hundreds of years after its invention, an astrolabe can still help you navigate the globe when your GPS breaks down.

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