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Science Museums and Planetariums

Museums and other buildings set aside for the study and display of science. Included are theaters and auditoriums dedicated to astronomical shows.


Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60605
The Adler opened in 1930 and was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Donated to the city of Chicago by Max Adler, the planetarium was an attraction at the great Chicago exposition of 1933-34.


Arizona Science Center

Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, 85004
The Arizona Science Center is home to over 350 permanent hands-on exhibits, the Center provides 400,000 annual visitors with interactive experiences. It was was conceived in 1980 as a pilot science center by the Junior League of Phoenix.


Biosphere 2

Oracle, Pinal County, Arizona, 85739
Biosphere 2 is an Earth systems science research facility. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.


BYU Museum of Paleontology

Provo, Utah County, Utah, 84604
The Brigham Young University Museum of Paleontology was started in 1976 around the collection of James A. Jensen.


Center of Science and Industry

Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, 43215
The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is a science museum and research center in Columbus, Ohio. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout themed exhibition areas.


Clark Planetarium

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, 84101
The Clark Planetarium is in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The Clark Planetarium opened in April 2003, replacing the historic Hansen Planetarium, under a grant from the Clark Foundation in cooperation with Salt Lake County.


Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, 25301
The Clay Center complex includes the Avampato Discovery Museum, which features two floors of interactive science exhibits and an art gallery.


Connecticut Science Center

Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, 06103
The Connecticut Science Center, designed by C├ęsar Pelli & Associates, opened on June 12, 2009.


Discovery World Science and Technology Museum

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202
Discovery World is a nonprofit Science & Technology center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This museum is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of water sciencist through curiosity and creativity.


ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, 05401
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is located on the waterfront in northern Vermont. It is home to more than 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, major traveling exhibitions, and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theatre.



Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, 01604
The EcoTarium is a science and nature museum located in Worcester, Massachusetts.



Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 87104
Explora is a science center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its name is the imperative form of the Spanish language verb explorar, which means to explore.


Exploration Place

Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, 67203
Exploration Place is a science museum located on the west side of the Arkansas River in the Delano neighborhood of Wichita, Kansas.


Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

St Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont, 05819
The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium is a combination museum and planetarium located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. It was founded in 1891, by Franklin Fairbanks. The museum and its building are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles, California, 90027
Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park.


Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston, Harris County, Texas, 77030
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a natural history museum located on the northern border of Hermann Park in Houston, Texas.


John Gorrie Museum State Park

Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida, 32320
John Gorrie received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. A replica of the first ice-making machine is on display at the museum, as well as exhibits chronicling the colorful history of Apalachicola.


Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, 67501
The Cosmosphere exhibits the 2nd largest collection of US space artifacts in the world (second only to the National Air and Space Museum), and the largest collection of Soviet space artifacts outside of Moscow.


Kentucky Science Center

Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 40202
The Kentucky Science Center is Kentucky's largest hands-on science museum. It was founded in 1871 as a natural history collection, and now more than half a million people visit the museum annually.


Lone Star Flight Museum

Houston, Harris County, Texas, 77034
The Lone Star Flight Museum, located in Houston, Texas, is an aerospace museum that displays more than 24 historically significant aircraft, and many artifacts related to the history of flight.


Louisiana Art and Science Museum

Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge County, Louisiana
Baton Rouge station is a historic train station located at 100 South River Road in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The building now houses the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.


Lowell Observatory

Flagstaff, Coconino County, Arizona, 86001
Lowell Observatory is among the oldest observatories in the United States. It was founded in 1894 by astronomer Percival Lowell, and the Observatory's original 24-inch (0.61 m) Alvan Clark Telescope is still in use today for public education.


Maine Discovery Museum

Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, 04401
The Maine Discovery Museum is Maine's largest children's museum and the largest located north of Boston, Massachusetts. It opened in 2001 in the converted Freese's Building department store following several years of planning and fundraising.


McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, 03301
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a science museum located in Concord, New Hampshire. It operates NASA's Educator Resource Center in New Hampshire and is a New Hampshire Space Grant institution .


Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, 39202
The museum was founded in 1933 by Francis A. Cook as a part of the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission.


Montshire Museum of Science

Norwish, Windsor County, Vermont, 05055
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on, self-guided science museum located in Norwich, Vermont, in the United States. It has roughly 150,000 visitors annually. The museum, including the building and nature trails, is located on over 110 acres (445,


Museum of Discovery

Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, 72201
The Museum offers 25,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and over 30 programs designed to provide learning experiences for all ages.


Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Providence, Rhode Island, 02907
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is a natural history museum and planetarium within Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.


Museum of Radio & Technology

Huntington, Cabell / Wayne County, West Virginia, 25701
The Museum of Radio and Technology is a museum in Huntington, West Virginia. The museum covers the birth and growth of electronic communication and entertainment, and includes hands-on exhibits.


National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, 89119
The National Atomic Testing Museum documents the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site in the desert north of Las Vegas. The museum operates as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.


National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 87123
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a national repository of nuclear science information chartered by the 102nd United States Congress and located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


New Jersey State Museum

Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, 08625
The New Jersey State Museum is in Trenton, New Jersey, overlooking the Delaware River, and serves a broad region between New York and Philadelphia.


New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 87104
The Museum houses changing exhibits, a cafe, a gift store, and the Lockheed Martin DynaTheather, a giant screen theater similar to IMAX. Permanent exhibits include a "journey through time", covering the birth of the Universea, a planetarium and two floors


Omaha Children's Museum

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, 68102
The Omaha Children's Museum is a nonprofit learning and exploration space for young people in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.


Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, 97214
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a science and technology museum. It contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls.


Pacific Science Center

Seattle, King County, Washington, 98109
Pacific Science Center is an independent, non-profit science center in Seattle with a mission to ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking.


Peterson Air & Space Museum

Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, 80914
Peterson Air and Space Museum is located inside Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Admission to the museum is free, but access is controlled due to security concerns.


Science Central

Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, 46805
Science Central is an interactive science center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Science Central opened in the year 1995.


Science Museum of Minnesota

St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, 55102
The Science Museum of Minnesota is an American museum focused on topics in technology, natural history, physical science, and mathematics education. Founded in 1907 and located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Science Museum Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, 73111
The Science Museum Oklahoma is a science museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The museum is home to the Kirkpatrick Planetarium and a number of specialized galleries.


South Carolina State Museum

Columbia, South Carolina, 29201
The South Carolina State Museum has four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.


South Dakota Discovery Center

Pierre, Hughes County, South Dakota, 57501
The South Dakota Discovery Center is dedicated to empowering all Peoples of the Great Plains through hands-on experiences that inspire scientific thinking.


Space Center Houston

Houston, Harris County, Texas, 77058
Space Center Houston is a science museum which serves as the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.


State Museum of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 17120
The State Museum of Pennsylvania is a non-profit museum in downtown Harrisburg, run by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to preserve and interpret the region's history and culture.


The Children's Museum of Cleveland

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 44115
The Children's Museum of Cleveland was established in 1981 and is located in the Midtown neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.


The Leonardo

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, 84111
The Leonardo, located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, United States is a science and art museum where visitors can explore the ways that science, technology, art, and creativity connect. The museum opened its doors on October 8, 2011.


Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, 74115
The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is an aerospace museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is located in the northwest corner of the Tulsa International Airport property.


U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, 35805
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is a museum operated by the government of Alabama, showcasing rockets, achievements, and artifacts of the U.S. space program.


W. M. Keck Observatory

Kamuela, Hawaii County, Hawaii, 96720
The W. M. Keck Observatory is a two-telescope astronomical observatory at an elevation of 4,145 meters (13,600 ft) near the summit of Mauna Kea. They are considered the two most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.


Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science

Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 57104
The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science opened in 1999 and houses an art gallery, concert hall, large-format theater, and science museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Western Museum of Mining & Industry

Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, 80921
The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is a museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, dedicated to the mining history and industrial technology of the western United States.

Top 10 Most Popular Science Museums and Planetariums Landmarks

  1. Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  2. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  3. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
  4. Griffith Observatory
  5. Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
  6. Biosphere 2
  7. Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
  8. Museum of Discovery
  9. National Atomic Testing Museum
  10. W. M. Keck Observatory

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