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See the science behind the land of Narnia

C.S. Lewis fans walk through a wardrobe to enter The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition. See photos from this traveling exhibit.

C.S. Lewis's Narnia has captured the world's imagination through story, cinema, and now The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition gives visitors insight into the very real science incorporated into the plights of Narnians. It also features props (some of which are replicas) from the recent film adaptations of the novels.

The traveling exhibit is currently at the Louisville Science Center in Kentucky through September 18, 2011, and at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland through September 25, 2011. The Louisville Science Center is offering special programming to accompany the exhibit. Saturdays in July, visitors can learn hands-on about climate change, animal adaptation, and even see Science Center educators freeze and smash objects -- much like the White Witch. The Louisville Science Center is hosting a special drop-in event on Saturday, August 27, 2011. "Merlin's Beard" explores how castles were built- and felled. The working catapult will be a prominent feature of this special event.

Visit the TechRepublic gallery to get an inside look at The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition, as well as a sneak peek at the working catapult.

Photo by Nicole Bremer Nash for TechRepublic

Photo by Nicole Bremer Nash for TechRepublic

Photo by Nicole Bremer Nash for TechRepublic

What do you like most (or least) about the Narnia books and films? What is your favorite C.S. Lewis book? Join the discussion.

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8 comments
seanferd
seanferd

But his religious allegory is pretty tiresome. I can only bear so much, so I never read any of the Magic Closet stories and whatnot.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Sometimes, I wish Science would just STFU.

Charles Bundy
Charles Bundy

Would be "Mere Christianity" Most humorous thing related to the first movie was when a concerned mother approached my librarian wife and asked if it was "safe" for her child to read the "Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". When my kind and gentle spouse inquired about what constituted "danger" the woman replied "because it has witches like those terrible Harry Potter books!"

Charles Bundy
Charles Bundy

And the Screwtape Letters are one of your two picks? :)

seanferd
seanferd

I can't believe you mean that the way I read it. And I'd rather read it differently than believe otherwise, given the choice.

santeewelding
santeewelding

It's the cheerleaders that need to STFU. Narnia don't need no cheerleaders, neither.

seanferd
seanferd

It's bad science communication that needs to STFU. As well as utterly stupid "science of (insert ridiculous fantasy item here)". And Michio Kaku. He needs to STFU unless he's lecturing on his specialty.

santeewelding
santeewelding

With those who lecture here their specialty of the religiously vapid. Re: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe -- She, the little one; her mother; and I, spent weeks in turn the evenings reading aloud, each our page (in accord with her attention span), through the whole. It was an exercise in reading with emphasis on spoken theatric. Best time I spent in my whole life, grooming that little one, who now is a professor.