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Whether you want to explore a scientific phenomenon or entertain your children with dinosaur bones, museums across the United States offer a variety of immersive experiences. From an emphasis on fire safety to historic submarines on display, here are four science museums that are sure to impress.
1. California Science Center in Los Angeles, California
The California Science Center offers various exhibits on air, space, human biology, fire safety, and the Earth’s ecosystem. In the museum’s many ecosystem-focused exhibits, visitors can experience “familiar and fantastical” worlds. Plus, hands-on interactive elements at the “Fire! Science and Safety” in the museum gives visitors the opportunity to explore the science of fire.
The entire building is also wheelchair accessible with an elevator between each floor.
2. Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia
The Tellus Science Museum occupies over 125,000 square feet with various exhibits focusing on fossils, transportation technology, and interactive science experiences.
The planetarium offers astronomy programs and stargazing events, and the “Science of Motion” exhibit focuses on major developments in automotive and aeronautical technology. If you or your kids are interested in dinosaurs, the museum has a fossil gallery that houses a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinosaur fossils.
3. Michigan Science Center in Detroit, Michigan
The Michigan Science Center features more than 220 interactive exhibits that provide hands-on learning about physics, engineering, health, and space. In the museum’s space gallery, visitors can explore the history of space travel and learn about rocket technology.
At “Math Mountain”, children can test their addition and subtraction skills with interactive games. People of all ages can also channel their inner creativity at the various craft and experiment stations.
4. Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois
A Windy City staple, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is well worth a visit. The giant Romanesque building houses a 1960s German submarine, a genetics exhibit, and an exhibit on how farmers implement technology in their craft.
If you are interested in trains, the museum allows visitors to step back in time by exploring the historic train, the Pioneer Zephyr, who reinvented travel and design.
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