Pendulum by Léon Foucault (1851) by Léon Foucault, ParisDeutsches Museum
In tech museums the world over, the razor-sharp cutting-edge of human ingenuity through history is housed and celebrated. Scroll on, and click-and-drag the Street View panels, to tour some of the best...
Musée des arts et métiers, Paris
The Museum of Arts and Industry in Paris is perhaps the world's oldest. It was founded in the white-heat of the French Revolution of 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions.
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
No city in England is better associated with craft and industry than Manchester, home of the Industrial Revolution. It was amongst the smoke-choked cotton mills and brick terraces that mass production techniques were developed.
Deutsches Museum, Munich
The world's largest industrial museum is found in Munich. The Deutsches Museum exhibits around 28,000 from 50 fields of science and technology. It was founded in 1903 to promote the study of industry and technology, and to demonstrate their values and aesthetics to the nation.
The collection is so vast that the museum has had to continually expand. It now includes exhibition spaces at the Deutsches Museum Bonn and the Schleißheim Aviation Museum at Oberschleißheim. Make sure to set aside a day or two when you visit.
The Center also houses the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, open to the public, and the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, from which enthusiasts can watch the workings of the nearby Washington Dulles International Airport.
Following its defeat in the Second World War, Japan pursued an economic programme of excellence in science and high technology. The Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation celebrates this recent history, and points towards the future.
Looks familiar… In addition to exhibitions that provide people with a chance to enjoy hands-on contact with science and technology, Miraikan's offers programmes of classes and talks to introduce technology to everyone, from tinkerers to hackers.
Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-132 (2010-05-14)NASA