Discovery Times Square has recreated the magical realm of Hogwarts. It has resurrected the secrets of the Titanic and Pompeii and has allowed Egypt’s boy king to have a starring role in heart of the Theater District. Currently, the large-scale exhibition center is bringing the world of forensics science right to New Yorker’s fingertips with CSI: The Experience.
Ever had the temptation to walk the grid of a homicide scene? Ever desire to play detective? Well, CSI: The Experience takes the game of whodunit to another level. It is the game of Clue on steroids. Gone is the notion that Professor Plum off the body with the candlestick as you roll dice and try to determine if your hypothesis is correct. CSI: The Experience is a true interactive murder mystery that is enjoyable for the entire family.
Before you get introduced to the crime scene, you receive a clipboard and sheet which you will use to record your findings. As new recruits, you receive a CSI vest and are briefed through a video featuring CSI: Crime Scene Investigation creator Anthony E. Zuiker and Dr. Gilbert “Gil” Grissom, played by William Petersen. After the video you and your class of neophytes are guided through one of three crime scenes. Each scene has five forensic lab stations and video messages from additional CSI: Crime Scene Investigation cast members as well as professional forensic experts all trying to assist you with the finding the poltroon that committed the heinous act, using the data you collect.
Totally engaging and enlightening, CSI: The Experience is by far the best exhibit I have witnessed at Discovery Times Square. Sure, it is fun and educational to peer at ancient artifacts and reflect how much humans have or have not changed since Eve bit the apple, but CSI: The Experience truly lives up to its name. You are not just walking through the exhibit; you are a part of the exhibit. CSI: The Experience is recommended for ages 12 and older. The video portions are presented in English and Spanish subtitles. CSI: The Experience has a limited run at Discovery Times Square, located at 226 West 44th Street, and is open Sunday – Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The average time to complete the exhibit is between 60 and 90 minutes.
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