LHC arrives in Singapore

An accelerating cavity from CERN’s Large Electron Positron Collider is part of the Collider exhibition, now in Singapore. (Image: ArtScience Museum)

The Large Hadron Collider has reached Asia. On 14 November the “Collider” exhibition opens at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum. This exhibition, which began life at London’s Science Museum back in 2013, has already travelled to Manchester and Paris. It showcases CERN's activities through theatre, video and sound art. Visitors are guided through a digital control room and detector cavern, and interact with objects such as LHC magnets and parts of detector systems.

The museum’s shape resembles a lotus flower, designed by architect Moshe Safdie. Its circular floor space is split in two, with one half for “Collider” and the second for an exhibition about Nobel Prizes. A dedicated “collision space” connects the two exhibitions and allows visitors to enjoy hands-on interactive experiments.

To mark the launch on 14 November, co-curator and LHCb physicist, Dr Harry Cliff will give tours and be in conversation with National University of Singapore Associate Professor Chan Aik Hui. Events also include a live link to the control room of the ATLAS experiment at CERN. You can follow the activities via #ASMCollider on social media.  

The Gift of Mass art installation, inspired by the discovery of the Higgs Boson. (Image: ArtScience Museum)

“Collider” is not the only exhibition showcasing CERN around the world. CERN’s travelling exhibition “Accelerating Science” is currently at the Cosmocaixa science centre in Barcelona. Since its creation in 2009, this exhibition has visited science museums, universities or exhibition centres in Geneva in Switzerland, Copenhagen in Denmark, Torino in Italy, Hartberg in Austria, Ankara in Turkey, Galway in Ireland, Warsaw in Poland, Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece and Valencia in Spain.

As well as this, the interactive exhibitions “CERN in images” and the “LHC interactive tunnel” are making an appearance in Georgia at the International Week of Science and Innovation at Expo Georgia in capital Tbilisi from 11 to 14 November.

The CERN site hosts scientists from all over the world. Now, through the many exhibitions, CERN’s activities are being showcased to audiences worldwide.