Across the United States there are wonderful science museums. Some offer opportunities to see exhibitions you would never see in your hometown while others exhibit rare finds that number few in the whole world. If you're currently planning travels within the country, there are a number of science museums that should be on your radar. Some were designed with kids in mind, while others are just as appropriate for sophisticated audiences. Science museums have moved beyond a rainy day option into a serious attraction across the country. Keep reading to find out about the 5 best science museums in the US.
1. American Museum of Natural History
Without a doubt, one of the best science museums in the US, and even the entire country, is the American Museum of Natural History in New York
. This massive museum can be explored over the course of several days or visitors with specific interests can single out exhibits for a one-day visit. Covering topics that range from evolution to the solar system and dinosaurs to marine animals, this natural history museum truly has it all. This includes IMAX movies, visiting exhibitions, and plenty of restaurant options. The museum is best known for its extensive dinosaur exhibit but is always adding new exhibitions too. Learning about the brain, rare animals, and the planets are all highlights here too.
2. Academy of Natural Sciences
The New York Natural History Museum isn't the only one with impressive exhibitions. Take the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia
, for example. This museum is the oldest one of its kind in the country and offers exhibitions ranging from butterflies to dinosaurs to a live animal center where you can encounter a range of interesting animals such as owls. Whether you're interested in fossils, evolution, the food chain, or teeny tiny bugs, there is an exhibit for you at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Philadelphia might be best known as a destination for American history, but it has plenty to offer to visitors interested in science too.
3. Museum of Science
, one major center for learning is the Museum of Science. With an IMAX theater, planetarium, and 3D theater this museum is especially appealing for kids that might have a negative impression of museums. Exhibits offer the chance to learn about a range of topics from sharks to bugs to tornadoes to the planets. It doesn't have to be a rainy day to warrant a visit to the Museum of Science. Kids are guaranteed to be engaged by exhibits such as learning how to build roller coasters and venturing to the moon.
4. California Science Center
Located near downtown Los Angeles
, the California Science Center has a long list of exhibits to fascinate your kids. There are the ever popular IMAX films as well as exhibitions about ecosystems, space shuttles, interesting animals, and more. This museum is particularly attractive to families because over 100 of the exhibitions are completely free. Before your visit be sure to check out the website to see what special temporary exhibitions will be on display.
One of the best science museums in the US for kids is the Exploratorium in San Francisco
. Hands-on activities fall into a wide range of categories at this museum including the planets, the seasons, art, and human perception. One of the most popular exhibits deals with astronomy and space. Both parents and kids love the chance to learn about eclipses, stars, and the sun. The Exploratorium also has a great deal of interactive material on its website, allowing you to get your kids excited about their visit during a trip to San Francisco, California.
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