Why Don’t Buildings Fall?

Why Don’t Buildings Fall?

Humankind has excelled in construction since the dawn of time, and we have only gotten better at it. Embark on a journey of discovery amongst cantilevers and beams, explore the Da Vinci Arch and the Geodesic dome, and learn about the Tensegrity principle

About the Exhibition

As soon as we stepped out of the cave, we began to build structures: a shed to live in, a small bridge to cross the river, a well from which to draw the river water…

Our ancestors did not even know that they were relying on science and utilizing specific technologies. Experience, intuition and basic knowledge about materials and methods of construction passed down from generation to generation, enabling humans to enhance and improve their structures.

This happened long before such knowledge was categorized and given names, such as engineering, physics or mathematics.  Nature, too, has an abundance of fascinating structures based on the same laws and principles.

Over time, construction evolved and structures became increasingly more complex, more sophisticated and more robust. Today, we know that a structure relies not only on certain materials but on knowledge, too.

Today, science and technology permit us to build almost everything: from skyscrapers to underground cities; houses made of stone and buildings made of steel and glass; huge dams, and wells that plunge hundreds of meters deep; cantilevers extending out over empty spaces, and robust bridges built over deep and narrow valleys, and designed to hold massive weights.

In order to test the structural robustness of buildings, and before fortunes are invested in their construction, an effective testing tool has been developed – models.

In “Why Don’t Buildings Fall?” visitors are invited to experiment with models – build them from scratch, assemble them, and test their strength.

You’ll learn how to make your own beam and how to design a cantilever bridge; you’ll find out what makes a cantilever strong and sturdy; how Da Vinci planned a self-supporting bridge so many centuries ago; how the Leaning Tower of Pisa remains standing; and how the master masons managed to make Gothic churches so tall, yet so stable.

ארמון מקוביות

Erez R. Mizrachi

Such a rich museum! The kids can touch, learn and experience everything, and parents can have a great time too. Arrive early and not in season, otherwise the place is packed. Will definitely visit again when the kids are older

Arie Berkovitch

Very enjoyable. The kids moved from one exhibit to another. The museum encourages them to explore. Suitable for kids over 5 (younger kids don’t pay but there isn't much for them to do)

David van Gelder

Great museum, every exhibit is hands-on with clear explanations in Hebrew, English and Arabic. Fun and enjoyable for curious people of all ages. Nice, shaded areas to rest, eat and relax. Takes about 4 hours to cover everything


A world-class museum with entertaining interactive exhibits that educate children about scientific principles. Israeli hi-tech inventions are highlighted

Asaf C

Awesome place with so many things to see, do and learn. Fun for the whole family! The are plenty of exhibitions that demonstrate different physical and natural phenomenas. The place is clean and tidy, and easy to navigate. It also has guided tours. Parking could be a problem if you come late, but overall - highly recommended

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