Top Five Science Museums in the US

by ttarasiuk

The United States are just as famous for their natural beauties as there are for the amazing cities like New York, San Francisco or Las Vegas. But in addition to nature and cityscapes, the Americans can pride themselves with some of the best museums in the world. In one of our previous posts we presented you with some truly remarkable arts museums that can be found in USA. Today, however, I will address the geeks rather than the art buffs and make a brief inventory of the top five science museums in the US:

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Allegedly the nation’s most prestigious science institution, the Smithsonian has reached universal fame with the Hollywood blockbuster comedy ‘A Night at the Museum’.  The National Air and Space Museum is only one of the institutions in Washington DC that are part of the Smithsonian. The museum is particularly famous for its displays of the original pieces that took part in USA’s space programs (like the Apollo 11 command module or the space shuttle Enterprise.)

Exploratorium, San Francisco

The Exploratorium in San Francisco might not host the same valuable pieces like the Smithsonian, but has hardly any rival in terms of user friendliness. Dedicated to the understanding of physics and the rules that govern the human perception, the museum is an interesting mix or curiosities, basic physics experiments and state of the art installations that make science both accessible and fun.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

by Marcin Wichary

This museum in Oregon is one of great interests for families, as many of its interactive exhibits and workshops are addressing kids. The museum also features a state of the art planetarium, as well as the last non-nuclear submarine in the US fleet, which visitors can see as part of a special tour.

The Franklin, Philadelphia

This museum in Pennsylvania honours one of the most innovative minds in the history of the Americas – Benjamin Franklin. The museum is organized in several sections, containing permanent exhibitions from various domains such as technology, anatomy, aviation or chemistry. Some of the highlights of the museum are the moving steam engine, the real-life satellite tracking system, the Giant Heart, as well as a unique collection of authentic airplanes created by the Wright Brothers.

The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

by rstephemi

Silicon Valley has certainly been the major source of scientific innovation in the latest decades, so it’s understandable how the region also got one of the top five science museums in the US.  Here is the place to explore virtual worlds and the technologies that make them possible, as well as getting up to date with the latest technological trends in Silicon Valley.

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