21 Museums Every Science Fanatic Should Visit

Published by admin on March 09, 2011

One of the best ways to learn about science, and certainly one of the best ways to ensure that your children love science is by visiting museums. Though you may not find as many science museums as, say, art museums throughout the world; there are some great ones that you definitely want to make it a point to visit. Here are 21 science museums you’re sure to love.

  1. COSI – Columbus, Ohio: COSI stands for Center of Science and Industry. This museum offers more than 300 exhibits and every single one of them are meant to be touched. The museum is organized by age, so regardless of how old your children are, there’s something they will enjoy. Check out the health areas and the great tree house.
  2. San Francisco’s Exploratorium: Another great place to take your kids; the Exploratorium has tons of interactive features and programs. They change exhibits regularly, so if you’re a local, you can visit over and over again.
  3. Museum of Science, Boston: Boston’s science museum boasts a butterfly garden and a dinosaur dig.
  4. Liberty Science Center, New Jersey: The skyscraper replicas here are pretty amazing. And, your kids will dig the wind tunnel.
  5. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: The Smithsonian, located in Washington DC is the nation’s premier set of museums. Their Smithsonian Wild exhibits on wildlife are amazing.
  6. Natural History Museum, London: The Natural History Museum in London offers the best science museum in the UK. One of their most popular exhibits is the Dinosaur exhibit. They offer visiting exhibits regularly, too.
  7. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago: This is one of the nation’s best museums, in part, because of its dedication to exhibits on industry. They offer some great movies in their Omnimax Theater, too.
  8. Deutsches Museum: The Duetsches Museum in Munich, Germany is the world’s largest science museum. They have great exhibits on natural science and on technology, as well.
  9. American Museum of Natural History: This museum in New York City changes exhibits very frequently, so no matter how often you visit, you’ll find something new.
  10. CosmoCaixa: This museum in Barcelona, Spain, which just opened in 2005, is considered the best science museum in Europe. Their Amazon Forest exhibit is one of the best.
  11. Franklin Institute: This museum in Philadelphia is one of the best in the US. Kids and adults alike love the flight simulator and the high wire bike!
  12. Discovery World: This museum, located in Milwaukee is not only a great museum, but it’s got a fantastic location, too. Located right on the banks of Lake Michigan, the site is breathtaking before you even go in the doors.
  13. Academy of Natural Sciences Museum: This museum, in Philadelphia is the oldest natural history museum in the US. They are also a leader in environmental research and biodiversity.
  14. Miami Science Museum: This museum offers a great planetarium in addition to other science exhibits.
  15. Marian Koshland Science Museum: This museum, located in Washington DC is fairly new. It opened in 2004, and offers lots of interactive exhibits that both children and adults will love.
  16. Harvard Museum of Natural History: This museum, located in Boston is actually part of three research museums. There is one devoted to comparative zoology, one devoted to plants and herbs and one devoted to geology.
  17. SciPort Discovery Center: This museum in Shreveport, Louisiana is a must visit if you have kids. They offer great activities like “chocolate science”.
  18. MOSI: This is the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida. They offer great exhibits like a butterfly garden.
  19. Arkansas Museum of Discovery: Located in Little Rock, the Arkansas Museum of Discovery offers exhibits like information on Indians native to the area and an exhibit on energy. They also offer lots of visiting exhibits.
  20. South Florida Science Museum: This museum in West Palm Beach Florida offers more than 50 hands on exhibits and a planetarium.
  21. World of Wonders Science Museum, Lodi, California: This is another great place to take the kids. Most of the exhibits are hands on and they are on subjects that appeal to kids – like reptiles!

We could have listed dozens of other museums, too. All over the world, you’ll find great museums dedicated to teaching us, and our children, about the world around us.

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