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Whether you want to explore a scientific phenomenon or entertain your kids with dinosaur bones, museums across the United States offer a variety of immersive experiences. From a focus on fire safety to historic submarines on display, below are four science museums sure to impress.
1. California Science Center in Los Angeles, California
The California Science Center features various exhibits on air, space, human biology, fire safety, and the Earth’s ecosystem. Visitors can explore “familiar and fantastical” worlds at the museum’s many exhibits, which focus on the ecosystem. In addition, practical interactive offers in the exhibition “Fire! Science and Safety” at the museum gives visitors a chance to explore the science of fire.
The entire building is also wheelchair accessible as there is an elevator between floors.
2. Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia
The Tellus Science Museum covers over 125,000 square feet of diverse exhibits focused on fossils, transportation technology, and interactive science experiments.
The planetarium offers astronomy programs and stargazing events, and the Science of Motion exhibit focuses on key developments in automotive and aircraft technology. If you or your kids are interested in dinosaurs, the museum features 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 offer hands-on learning in 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. Young and old can also let their inner creativity run free at the various handicraft and experiment stations.
4. Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois
A Windy City staple, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is well worth a visit. The huge Romanesque building houses a 1960s German submarine, a genetics exhibit and an exhibit focusing on how farmers use technology in their trade.
If you are interested in trains, the museum lets visitors travel back in time by exploring the historic train, the Pioneer Zephyr, that reinvented travel and design.
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