“Absolutely worth it,” remarked Doris. “Very educational and entertaining…I’d go again,” said Janina. These and ten other residents of the McLean Health Center in Simsbury recently had a ball at the Connecticut Science Center. It was a memorable experience that they won’t soon forget. The multi-storied museum, located on the Connecticut River in Hartford, offered the residents numerous hands-on interactive exhibits and breathtaking views. The interactive exhibits utilized videos, audios, visuals, and tactile components. The Ice Age Trivia game, which could be played along with up to 6 people, was a big favorite of residents Marilyn Peters and Tom Kelly. Many residents also enjoyed the displays of the various rocks, marble, semi-precious stones and minerals found in Connecticut. Especially interested, was Doris Freudenberger, a former schoolteacher, who taught geology in the 1940s to the children of the American forces oversees.
The hands-down favorite among the residents and McLean staff, wasn’t really an exhibit, in the traditional sense, but the view from an alcove area located on the top floor of the museum. The area, which had glass windows on three sides, faced the river, allowing for astounding views. As resident Shirley Thiffault said, “It was beautiful. You could see for miles and miles.” For many this was the first time in years they had left the Farmington Valley and seen the "new" Hartford with the recently built convention and science centers. Some still remember the “old” Hartford. Janina Taylor, who worked part-time at G. Fox & Company in the 60s, was amazed at all the new buildings in the area and remembers when there was nothing there. The changes, she felt, were good, and it was nice to see both old and young enjoying the educational experiences offered by the new science center. “You’re never to old to learn” she said.