In addition to teaching visitors about various scientific fields, many science museums have mission statements tied to their local culture and geology. So, as well as teaching us about our shared world, they can also tell us a lot about a particular place. From the local, to the global, to the extraterrestrial, here are a few highlights from 10 science museums around the world.
1. Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
One exhibit that sends shivers down most guests’ spines is HKMMS’s collection of historic acupuncture needles. Before the invention of stainless steel, many acupuncturists used stones or animal bones to make their medicinal tools.
2. MUSE – The Science Museum of Trento
As viewers fly over the Alps in this multimedia exhibit, they witness both the tranquility of Alpine forests and the destruction of awesome avalanches.
4. Adler Planetarium, Chicago
5. Gwacheon National Science Museum
Discovered on a farm in Argentina, this Titanosaur is considered the largest mammal to have ever have walked the earth.
7. Deutsches Museum
8. National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC - The Discovery’s Landing Pad
A major attraction here is the Space Shuttle Discovery, which made a total of 39 space trips during its years of operation.
9. Denver Museum of Nature & Science
10. Science Museum, London
Created in 1814, the Puffing Billy transported coal in northern England for an impressive 50 years.
All of the museum exhibits listed here highlight the extremes of both the natural and technological worlds. A visit to any of these museums will open your mind to the limitless possibilities of scientific inquiry.