Our Dynamic Earth is an innovative and exciting attraction which nestles at the foot of Arthur’s seat, the extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh. James Hutton (the founder of modern geology) wrote “The Theory of the Earth” in 1788 after studying the rocks of this plug volcano, so the location of this educational and informative attraction is very apt. The attraction was one of the first major projects supported by the Millennium Commission and formed the centerpiece of the regeneration of an industrial site.
Our Dynamic Earth — Photo courtesy of Globaltraveller
The building itself is a rather impressive combination of sheer glass walls (offering stunning views of Arthur’s Seat and the Crags) with steel cables and masts supporting an undulating fabric canopy. Inside, a huge entrance hall is punctuated by a large dome and two stairways down into the heart of the exhibition space. Starting in the present day, visitors board their “time machine” to travel back to see the big bang, the formation of the planets and the formation of the Earth itself.
Our Dynamic Earth — Photo courtesy of George Gastin
There are a host of interactive displays and breathtaking videos on large screens. You can create your own earthquake, fly over glaciers, meet a dinosaur face to face and explore the concept of evolution. As well as the permanent displays, the attraction regularly hosts temporary exhibitions to whet the appetite of future geologists, astronomers and astronauts.
When you have finished exploring, the “Natural Selection” café offers a wide array of tempting treats and the gift shop (teeming with quirky souvenirs) is adjoined by the “Ocean Commotion” play area which is very popular with children.