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Collider: The world's greatest experiment


Photo Credit: ArtScience Museum

Photo Credit: ArtScience Museum

Introduction

In its Asian debut at Marina Bay Sand's ArtScience Museum, Collider brings visitors on a journey into the heart of the world's greatest scientific experiment: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) starting from 14 November 2015. Blending theatre, video and sound, visitors will get to enjoy exclusive access to real artefacts from CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Geneva) in this immersive and ground-breaking exhibition. Read more about the exhibition here.

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Admission Charges

  • Adult: S$15 (Standard Price), S$10 (Singapore Residents Price)
  • Senior (65 & above): S$12.80 (Standard Price), S$8.50 (Singapore Residents Price)
  • Child (2-12 years): S$9 (Standard Price), S$6 (Singapore Residents Price)
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): S$39 (Standard Price), S$26 (Singapore Residents Price)

Exhibition Highlights

  • Zone 1: Arrivals
    • Learn about the history of particle physics, as well as the launch of CERN's Large Hadron Collider through a series of artefacts. Highlights include JJ Thomson's apparatus which led to the 1897 discovery of the electron.
  • Zone 2: Theatre
    • When entering the theatre zone, be immersed in the scene of the press conference announcing the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was discovered in 2012 at the LHC. The setting of the scene is within a replica of CERN's seminar room, and this visual experience takes visitors behind the scenes into CERN's Control Room, conveying the sheer excitement of working on the LHC.
  • Zone 3 to 5: Inside the LHC
    • Pass through a theatrical set with a soundscape designed to give the impression of passing through the lifts that take CERN visitors underground. This zone will feature real objects from CERN, and allow the visitor to experience three stages of the beam journey: injection of protons into the collider, acceleration of the beams towards the speed of light, and steering of the beams around the ring before they are brought into collision.
  • Zone 6: Collision
    • Be immersed in a beautiful visual representation of a collision, producing a shower of new particles. This is an immersive audio-visual experience with a 270 degree projection showing the process of detector engineering to beam collision, through the particle tracks, sending out a global distribution of data.
  • Zone 7: Detectors
    • Encounter objects from the four huge LHC detectors - LHCb, ALICE, CMS & ATLAS. The detector objects are brought to life by audio interviews with the real physicists who created them, and with displays set up like a physicist's workbench.
  • Zone 8: Discovery
    • Explore how data from the LHC detectors are analysed by physicists all over the world in a search for new knowledge. Be immersed in the recreated offices at CERN filled with scripts and notes. This zone also includes a Future Room which takes you out of CERN's threshold and into a more abstract space where scientists explore mysterious topics such as antimatter and hidden dimensions.
  • Gift of Mass
    • Conceived by the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in collaboration with embrio.net collective and Paolo Scoppola, the Gift of Mass is a Kinect projection that invites you to go through the Higgs Field and experience the sensation of "acquiring your own mass". The result is a mind-blowing experience of seeing yourself dancing with particles as your mass forms gradually. The audio-visual installation does not try to explain what the Higgs boson really is - rather, it creates an inspiring environment where you can create your own representation of this incredible discovery.
  • The Collision Space
    • A hands-on and interactive area which is specially curated by ArtScience Museum and shared with The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World exhibition. Discover many of the Nobel Prize-awarded discoveries made at CERN, through fun and exploration.

Programme Highlights

  • Event: Curator’s Guided Tour
    • Date and Timings: 14 & 15 Nov, 11.30am & 5pm
    • Venue: Exhibition entrance, B2
    • Description: Take a behind-the-scene look with Dr Harry Cliff, co-curator of the exhibition and particle physicist at University of Cambridge and meet with virtual scientists and engineers. Snoop around a researcher’s workbench and examine objects up-close.
    • Remarks: Complimentary to ticket-holders of Collider. Up to 25 visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Stickers will be given out five minutes before tour begins.
  • Event: English Guided Tours
    • Date and Timings: Family Fridays, 20 Nov, 3.30pm - 4.30pm; Saturdays 21 Nov, 5pm, 28 Nov, 11.30am; Sundays 29 Nov, 5pm
    • Venue: Exhibition entrance, B2
    • Description: Join us on a tour to discover how studying the subatomic world can point the way to a fuller understanding of our universe, to see history being made, to stand in the heart of a collision, and to witness a moment of discovery
    • Remarks: Complimentary to ticket-holders of Collider. Up to 25 visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Stickers will be given out five minutes before tour begins.
  • Event: Mandarin Guided Tours
    • Date and Timings: Saturdays 21 & 28 Nov, 4pm; Sundays22 & 29 Nov, 4pm
    • Venue: Exhibition entrance, B2
    • Description: Join us on a tour to discover how studying the subatomic world can point the way to a fuller understanding of our universe, to see history being made, to stand in the heart of a collision, and to witness a moment of discovery
    • Remarks: Complimentary to ticket-holders of Collider. Up to 25 visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Stickers will be given out five minutes before tour begins.
  • Event: Build Your Own Universe
    • Date and Timings: Family Fridays 20 Nov, 4.30pm - 5.30pm; Saturdays 14 & 28 Nov, 3.30pm - 4.30pm; Sunday 22 Nov, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
    • Venue: Workshop space
    • Description: Learn about the history of our Universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time using a very simple tool: LEGO!
    • Remarks: Suitable for children aged 6 and up. Up to 20 visitors on a first come first served basis. Registration begins 15 minutes before workshop begins at workshop space.
  • Event: Interactive Lab
    • Date and Timings: Saturdays 14 & 28 Nov, 2pm - 3pm
    • Venue: The Collision Space
    • Description: In this demonstration developed with WondersWork, participants will understand how particles are accelerated through the electrical field or simple science concepts behind the particle theory of how particles can move quickly in a linear direction using magnets and metallic balls.
    • Remarks: Suitable for children aged 6 and up. Up to 40 visitors on a first come first served basis. No registration required.
  • Event: Wacky Science
    • Date and Timings: Saturday 21 Nov, 2pm - 3.30pm
    • Venue: The Collision Space
    • Description: Join scientists in this 90 minutes wacky science show and learn more about the collision of atoms, molecules and light. You will see subatomic particles in a cloud chamber and hear them through a Geiger counter and measure how collisions are affecting chemical reactions.
    • Remarks: Suitable for children aged 6 and up. Up to 40 visitors on a first come first served basis. No registration required.
  • Event: Film Screening: Particle Fever
    • Date and Timings: From 30 Nov on selected dates, shown on continuous loop
    • Venue: Expression Gallery, L4
    • Description: Particle Fever is a documentary from 2013 which invites us to witness one of the most significant moments of scientific discovery as it happened. This deeply engaging and at times profoundly moving documentary follows six CERN scientists during the preparation and launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest experiment in history. We follow their ups and downs as well as their doubts and hopes for the future as they prepare to push the boundaries of our understanding of the world around us.
    • Remarks: Free admission