Tourist Tip #356 / Science Is Fun in Be'er Sheva

Mark Shapiro
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“Come Play with Science” is the motto of Be’er Sheva’s new Carasso Science Park. Nor is this some vapid euphemism: the latest attraction of the capital of the Negev is thoroughly interactive.

In fact the science park was designed to be interactive: not only to teach, but to encourage young minds to choose a career in science and technology, says the park's executive director, Meir Bakshi.

Indeed, the scientific park is an integral part of the educational program for all schools in southern Israel. Pupils from the 4th to 9th grades visit there six times (once a year for six years). They are given guided tours there by science teachers, employed by the Education Ministry for that purpose.

Visitors to Carasso Science Park can learn about different fields of science such as, for example, biology, computer science, mechanics, medicine, energy, microelectronics and nuclear physics.

One of the park’s exhibits gives visitors the feeling that they are inside a nuclear reactor. They can even use mechanical arms to handle certain materials just like the workers in a real reactor. Worry not, though, dear visitors – though the exhibit may be quite realistic, the materials are not radioactive.

Just think of Carasso Science Park as one big amusement park where science is the main ingredient.

Address: 79 Haatzmaut Street, Be'er Sheva.

Parking: The facility has a parking lot, which is free to buyers of entrance tickets to the park.

Cost: NIS 60 per adult, discounted to NIS 48 upon proof of residence in Be'er Sheva.

Children aged 5-18: NIS 54 (or NIS 45 if proven resident in Be'er Sheva)
Children aged 0-5: Free.

Discount tickets are available for seniors, soldiers and the disabled, upon presentation of proof.

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday– 9 AM to 5 PM
Closed Friday
Shabbat: 9AM to 6 PM

The atom-splitting chamber simulation at the Carasso Science Park, Be'er Sheva.Credit: Ilan Assayag
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The quad at the Carasso Science Park in Be'er Sheva.Credit: Ilan Assayag
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Making the world move at an interactive display, the Carasso Science Museum.Credit: Ilan Assayag
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Getting personal with the table of elements at the Carasso Science Park, Be'er Sheva.Credit: Ilan Assayag