December 5, 2008 11:46 PM   Subscribe

The Evoluon was a museum dedicated to science and technology, and the place of technology in society. It was closed for the public in 1989 and has not been re-opened as a public museum since. Watch the wonderfully 60s promotion (worth it just for the soundtrack). [via]
posted by tellurian (12 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Fun AND cheesy, always the best combo (of course, it's only cheesy in hindsight). Cool post, tellurian. The Senster page is really interesting.
posted by amyms at 12:32 AM on December 6, 2008

Oops, it won't link directly to the Senster page, sorry.
posted by amyms at 12:33 AM on December 6, 2008

Oh man, I loved that place as a kid! I mean, what red-blooded, droid-loving 9-year-old American expat in Amsterdam wouldn't? It's shaped like a flying saucer!
posted by otherthings_ at 12:34 AM on December 6, 2008

Sure it will amyms. otherthings_ I am so totally jealous of you right now.
posted by tellurian at 3:48 AM on December 6, 2008

I used to love watching the trade test transmissions on BBC2, which they would show in the morning before the "regularly scheduled programming" began. They were like manna from heaven for young proto-nerds of a certain age, and the Evoluon film linked in the FPP was one of my faves.

Some of these films were made by the National Film Board of Canada, others by their equivalent in other Commonwealth countries, eg the New Zealand Film Unit. It was the soundtracks to these little films that inspired the band Boards of Canada, and I'm sure it's one of the reasons I'm a big fan of theirs.
posted by kcds at 4:35 AM on December 6, 2008

Wow, just when you think the soundtrack can't get any does.

Thanks, this is great!
posted by marxchivist at 5:18 AM on December 6, 2008

What a cool looking place; wish I could go back in time and visit when the museum was still in operation. It looked like it had a certain 'geewhizitude' that's lacking in museum design these days.
posted by foonly at 6:07 AM on December 6, 2008

You're betraying your age there kcds :-) but yeah, that's an interesting aside. It's been an interesting week for testy things I wasn't aware of, on MetaFilter – I love this behind the scenes stuff.
posted by tellurian at 6:07 AM on December 6, 2008

Aww. The big Nixie tubes that counted your entrance were wondrous in a pre-digital age. And I loved the wire tubes with the steel bearing balls running through them.

Sic transit gloria mundi.
posted by jouke at 6:03 PM on December 6, 2008

The kogelbaan on youtube. Apparently it's now in the Museum of the TU Delft.
posted by jouke at 6:19 PM on December 6, 2008

Hey! I just realised, this is my 200th post [adversaria].
posted by tellurian at 6:25 AM on December 7, 2008

Congrats earthman, on a post that really struck a chord with me.
posted by jouke at 2:18 PM on December 7, 2008

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