NEW YORK (July 19, 2013)—As New York City bakes under an unusual heat wave, people are waiting in line for hours to enter a room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they can walk in the rain without getting wet.
Water pours from the ceiling of the “Rain Room” exhibit, but the rain stops as if by magic whenever motion is detected.
The effect is made possible by sophisticated motion detectors that give people get the sensation of walking in a downpour without actually getting wet.
Only 10 people can be in the room at one time.
Since it opened in May, waits to get into the exhibit have often exceeded five hours.
The exhibit closes on July 28.
Several people who braved long lines on the sidewalk Friday said it was worth the wait.