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Johnson City, Texas: Science Center: Giant Hand, Metal Men

Metal humanoids appear to be scaling an Escher-esque staircase painted on the silo of an abandoned feed mill, which has been turned into a folk-artsy science center. Out back: the "Colossal Robotic Hand."

Hill Country Science Mill

101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX
Hill Country Science Mill. West edge of town, on the southwest corner of US Hwy 290/W.Main St. and S. Lady Bird Lane.
W-Sa 10-4, Su 12-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $8.00
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Metal hand.

Giant Metal Hand

This is a science museum with some really neat exhibits. Many are hands-on so that younger children can get their fingers moving and their brains in gear. The metal hand was the reason for our stop.

Beware: my children are older and they can position the hand into different poses. Everyone will see. I didn't take a pic but I'm sure that someone did. I was too busy scolding my kids with their first, middle, and last names like a good southern mom.

[Shelley Anderson-Ledwig, 03/28/2021]

Colossal Robotic Hand.

Colossal Robotic Hand

A 30-foot-high stainless steel hand is controlled by a remote joystick.

[Anne Hebert, 07/07/2019]

The Colossal Robotic Hand debuted on Feb. 10, 2018, in the outdoor Science and Art Park of the Hill Country Science Mill, a folk-artsy science center. Visitors can move the Hand's fingers using the hand-shaped remote control, and maybe learn to appreciate the complexity of real hands.

Art climbers.

Hill Country Science Mill

Metal sculpture climbers scaling an old mill's metal silo. We didn't go in, but it was something to see from the road.

[Chuck Dunaj, 03/20/2015]

The entire old feed mill complex has been turned into folk-artsy science center.

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