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The Lafayette Science Museum features exhibits on paleontology, geology, space and more with interactive features. The downtown museum opened a virtual reality exhibit in June.
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Acadiana got to experience astronomy, deep-sea exploration and human anatomy all summer, and it wasn’t just kids trying on virtual reality headsets.

The Lafayette Science Museum opened its eight VR stations in June and saw the museum “packed” all summer, director Kevin Krantz said.

And he saw that adults and kids alike wanted to learn more about virtual reality and the worlds opened up by the immersive technology.

“A really cool thing about it is this experience isn’t restricted by age,” Krantz said.

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The museum does limit it a little, setting a minimum age of fifth grade. That’s based on science, though, and the amount of space between children’s eyes.

The younger you are, and the closer together your eyes are, the less you would see on the VR headsets.

“The stereographic element is lost on younger ones,” he said.

Plus, adults don’t want to miss out.

“Fifth-graders come in, experience space flight,” Krantz said. “And then for adults, it’s just as wondrous.”

The museum worked with Holbrook Multimedia Inc., Nimlok and CGI Federal to make the $150,000 project a reality. The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission sponsored the tourism…