About scientific center
TSCK is a cultural achievement and educational facility enriched with knowledge, which portrays fascinating architectural design that reflects Islamic art and culture. The walls contain ceramic depictions of stories that tell of Kuwait’s history. The main building is comprised of 3 main attractions: the Aquarium, Discovery Place and IMAX Theater.
The third is the Marine environment which includes many tanks which hold reef sharks, rays, and fish in 100,000 liters of water. The main tank holds 1.5 million liters of water and contains deep sea sharks, turtles, fish and artificial corals. The divers at TSCK have the task of feeding the sharks and rays during scheduled live demonstrations.
The fossils located just before the exit of the aquarium and in the corridors of TSCK are a gift from Sheikh Sabah Al Jaber Al Sabah and Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah from their private collections. Other services provided for the visitors are privately guided tours and the “Dive with the Sharks” program. This program allows visitors above 14 years of age who hold open water scuba diving license to dive side by side with the sharks in the main tank for 30 minutes.In order to educate visitors and modernize the aquarium, 42 interactive screen were placed in front of every exhibit. These touch screens are filled with valuable information related to animals within the Center. This was done with the aim to educate visitors in an entertaining manner (Edutaining) using modern technology and using different formats such as pictures, videos, sounds, and games to appeal to younger generations.
entry fee for adults 3.500 KD
Learn about science through interactive games and activities. The Discovery Place is filled with educational and entertaining exhibits, related to various forms of Science. A group of interactive scientific exhibits present the visitors with a simplified way to learn about energy (such as magnetic, kinetic, and solar) and the different ways to create it. The traveling exhibits are a new philosophy has been adopted by The Scientific Center in October of 2009 to renew and develop the exhibits in Discovery Place. That has been done by allocating a space of about 500 meters squared for traveling exhibits, which change every 6 months. This constantly introduces new and never seen exhibits covering a wide array of subjects from well renowned scientific centers around the world.
The Scientific Center includes an IMAX Theater with a giant screen, 15 meters high and 20 meters wide. It is equipped with the latest media facilities and an 8000 watt sound system. 3D educational and documentary films in Arabic and English are shown using the largest film format in the film industry (10 times the usual 35mm film).
All elements of the 250 seats IMAX Theater come together to immerse the viewer in an unimaginable experience which makes the viewer feel like they are involved in the movie. IMAX’s patented and customized geometry maximizes your field of view. The precise positioning and shape of the IMAX screen as well as the acoustical treatment of the walls create an environment that delivers the world’s most immersive movie experience. To create the illusion of three-dimensional depth, the IMAX 3D uses two camera lenses to represent the left and right eyes. The two lenses are separated by an interocular distance of 64 mm (2.5 in), the average distance between a human’s eyes. By recording on two separate rolls of film for the left and right eyes, and then projecting them simultaneously, viewers experience seeing a 3D image on a 2D screen. During projection, the left and right eye images are circularly polarized in opposite directions to one another as they are projected onto the IMAX screen. By wearing special eyeglasses with lenses polarized in their respective directions to match the projection, the left eye image can be viewed only by the left eye since the polarization of the left lens will cancel out that of the right eye projection, and the right eye image can be viewed only by the right eye since the polarization of the right lens will cancel out that of the left eye projection.
Housing the only surviving Kuwait sailing ship from the pre-oil era, boom Fateh-el-Khair, the Dhow Harbor gives the visitor insight into a vital part of Kuwaiti heritage. Located directly on the water front, the Harbor includes samples of various smaller dhows and vessels used during this period. Fateh-El-Khair is a deep sea sailing ship of the "boom saffar" type. It is 19.8 meters long, 8.1 meters wide and 4.9 meters high. This ship was designed and built in Kuwait in 1938 by the late shipbuilder Ali Abdul Rassol for the merchant Mohamed Al-Ghanim and his brother Thunayan Al-Ghanim. The building of the ship took 18 carpenters who worked 60 days round the clock and cost approximately 17,000 rupees. She is made of Indian timber and weighs 95 tons when empty and can sail up to 13 knots.
Fateh-El-Khair’s main route was from India to Africa as a cargo ship and could carry a total of approximately 226 tons. This ship carried dates from Basra, Iraq and would trade them for tea in India and wood from Africa. The journey took seven months and went to several exotic ports. Merchants on this ship traded dates in Mangalore, India for tiles and in Zanzibar the ship would take on mangrove poles to use in the building of Arabian houses. She continued this same route until 1952, when the life and economy of Kuwait changed with the discovery of oil. At this point, work within Kuwait became more appealing to the sea men. The merchants in Kuwait began selling their boats to Iran.
In 1954 the ship was outfitted with an engine that assisted in powering the ship. The ship was re-discovered in Dubai by Mr. Yaqoub Yousef Al Haji. He took a picture of the boat and took it to the shipbuilder Ali Abdul Rassol in order to identify it. The photo and summary of Fateh-El-Khair was presented during the KFAS board meeting in which Sheikh Jaber was present. It was then decided to find the boat and it was purchased by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences in 1994 and renovated in Doha, Kuwait by Ali Abdul Rassol. The Fateh-El-Khair is now permanently docked at the Dhow Harbor of the TSCK as a monument to the maritime history of Kuwait. In the year 2000, two months before the opening of TSCK, the permanent docking took place. The event included the famous ship captain and merchant, Captain Essa Yaqoub Bishara who navigated the ship for 11 years.
There are two smaller boats which are on exhibit in conjunction with the Fateh-El-Khair. One is a mashuwa, a long boat of the dhow built in 1995. The other is the kait. This was a type of boat which was used to transport the captain from one ship to another. Both were also built by the late Ali Abdul Rassol. The different types of Kuwaiti dhows are as follows: Al Batteel, Al Sanbook, Jalboot, and Shoo’I were used for pearl diving, while Teshala was used for shipping stones used for building.