Chicago Museum of Science & Industry,
the largest science museum in the USA.
Science museums are filled with wonder for kids of all ages.
For those who continually marvel at the advances of space exploration, or research into life on other planets, museums provide a window into an exciting future for mankind.
Science museums also provide a look back into the mysteries of dinosaurs, early mechanics, or now-laughably quaint notions of how early scientists viewed the world centuries ago.
No matter where you are on the planet, there is probably a science exhibit you should see -- ranging from interactive optical illusions that fool the brain to the wonders of how household microwaves work.
For the budding scientist or the merely curious, here are the Top Five science museums worldwide (in no particular order) with descriptions of their major holdings, permanent exhibits, and kid-friendly attractions:
Exploratorium - The popular, hands-on science museum in San Francisco offers nteractive exhibits in six galleries including human phenomena and social behavior; light, sound and color; mechanics; sea and ocean life; local ecology; and an outdoor gallery filled with more interactive fun.
The British Science Museum - The premiere UK museum is a treasure trove of learning that varies from deep space exploration and the history of flight to exhibits on health and medicine and interactive physics.
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum - To describe this collection as vast is kind of an understatement, featuring the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world, including the original Apollo moon mission modules as well as The Spirit of St Louis in which Charles Lindbergh made his first trans-Atlantic flight. With 8 million visitors a year, it is by far the most visited museum in the US and a must-see on any visit to Washington, DC.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum - Science goes Hollywood at this wildly entertaining science museum in one of China's biggest urban centers featuring state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, a walk-through of the human brain, and dancing robots. Also don't miss the 3D IMAX theater for virtual rides through time and space.
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago - Welcome to America's largest science museum with must-sees that include a flight simulator, NASA spacecraft, an original steam locomotive, a mega model railway, a giant doll house, a walk-through of the human heart, and lots more in a unique collection you won't see anywhere else.