Prepare yourself for being blown away, squeezed, dragged and lifted.
Air – is not just nothing is a collection of 45 interactive exhibits, which will help you discover and appreciate properties of this mixture of gases that makes life on Earth possible.
Trust the pressure and let it lift you.
Even 30 horses (15 on each side) were unable to pull apart the 42-cm diameter spheres in the famous experiment conducted in 1654. Our spheres are three times smaller. Try to pull them apart.
Atmospheric air pressure exerted on a human body can come up to 20 tonnes. It’s like putting 20,000 bags of sugar weighing 1 kg each on your body! You’ll feel this force when you put our gloves on.
Air bubbles in water can be good and bad. Find out why by experimenting with a boat.
Make some soap bubbles, make them float and see how carbon dioxide influences their size.
After jumping off a plane, you would fall with the maximum speed of approx. 200 km/h. With a parachute, the speed is ten times lower. Experiment with air resistance.
Does hot air result in double vison? Find out yourself by looking into our mirror.
See how different temperature air masses mix. Can you produce a drizzle?
David and Goliath
Who is stronger? Take up the challenge and check your capabilities with this exhibit. The result may surprise you!
Bike with a propeller
Get on a bike and feel the wind! Does an air blow have anything to do with the propeller installed at the vehicle?
What do a vacuum cleaner and pressure have in common? This exhibit is powered by an air pump – similar to those installed in domestic vacuum cleaners.
Feel like a fireman and set the siren on. Check why its sound is always higher at the beginning and then starts to go lower.
Catch the wind in your sails and set off on a journey. When does the boat sail the fastest?
In special circumstances an ordinary vacuum cleaner can lift even a car! Fasten the seat belts and let it lift you.
A litre of air under atmospheric pressure weights 1.3 gram. Use the scales and weights and see for yourself.
At what temperature does water boil? 100°C. And if we lower the pressure? Conduct an experiment and be ready for a surprise.
Set the wheel in uniform motion. It requires some practice.
Pneumatic mail is used in big buildings. Cylindrical containers with packages inside are sent through a couple of “stations” and can “fly” a distance of up to a few hundred metres. Make one of your own!
Walking under the glass
How much weight can these rubber handles support? Yours – no matter how much you weigh.
Torus is a geometric shape that resembles a braided ring-shaped bread, an inner tube or a ring. You don’t see this shape made of air very often – and now’s your chance!
Do you like riddles? Try to lead the ball through our labyrinth. Draught will help you.
Car designers use aerodynamic chambers when searching for optimal vehicle shapes. See how air flows around objects.
When you take one empty box out of another, you feel resistance. It’s pressure! Experiment with it.
Air in a funnel
Squeeze the air through the funnel and feel its blow.
String in a stream of air
Why is the string moving? Find out the secrets of electric installations.
Wing suction effect
See how lifting force is created that can hold planes and glider aircrafts in the air.
Can you hold a ball in a stream of air?
Kiss of the spheres
When you are standing on a platform and a train passes by fast, you experience a suction effect. Find out more about this phenomenon.
Moving balls without touching them? With a bit of practice, you’ll even be able to scatter them.
What is this pink elephant? And why does a ball hover over his trunk?
Try to hold a disc in balance.
How does a spray gun work? Paint drops are sprayed through a nozzle by air pressure and onto the painted surface. Find out more about this mechanism.
Create air bubbles in liquid and watch their majestic moves.
What do cars have spoilers? Check how they pull away air.
Propeller is the most characteristic part of a helicopter. Sit down, fasten your seat belts and find out how it works.
When a flag flaps in the wind, air whirls are created along the fabric. Now you can see them.
Let yourself be carried and see how a hovercraft works.
See how a tornado created. Ours if safe – you can even touch it.
Fountains in glass
Create a sound wave and change its shape.
Fire a cannon and see the force of air.
Equip yourself with a relevant prop and jump into the fountain.
Light and sound
In a perfect vacuum there is complete silence. Find out with your own ears.
Shoot a tennis ball and a bowling ball.