The term “Sci­ence Muse­um” refers to a muse­um ded­i­cat­ed to either a spe­cif­ic branch of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy, or a gen­er­al sci­ence muse­um that cor­re­sponds to many areas of nat­ur­al sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy. Many sci­ence muse­ums have mul­ti­me­dia and active dis­plays that are great for kids, and many of these muse­ums are pre­ferred tourist attrac­tions in their cities. We’ve put togeth­er a diverse list of 10 excel­lent sci­ence muse­ums of var­i­ous types that you should def­i­nite­ly vis­it if you get the chance.

best science museums in the world

Natural History Museum, London

The Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Muse­um in Lon­don is best known for its dinosaur exhibits, which include some of the rarest and most amaz­ing fos­sils. The muse­um also fea­tures exhi­bi­tions about ani­mals, plants, human biol­o­gy, fos­sils, min­er­als, nat­ur­al resources and more. One of the great­est muse­ums in the world was found­ed in 1881 and is vis­it­ed by over 5 mil­lion peo­ple every year.

National Air and Space Museum, Washington

The Nation­al Air and Space Muse­um in Wash­ing­ton DC is part of the Smith­son­ian Insti­tu­tion and is the world’s pre­mier avi­a­tion and human flight his­to­ry muse­um. This muse­um will take you on a jour­ney from the very first attempts at flight, through the fas­ci­nat­ing era of ear­ly space explo­ration with the first man in space and the moon land­ing, all the way to mod­ern space explo­ration and the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. You will also be able to see an exhi­bi­tion of objects that have actu­al­ly been in space. This is tru­ly a won­der­ful place for any­one inter­est­ed in avi­a­tion and space.

Deutsches Museum, Munich

The Deutsches Muse­um is the world’s largest muse­um of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy. The muse­um is locat­ed on a small muse­um island in the Isar Riv­er and exhibits over 28,000 dif­fer­ent items cov­er­ing about 50 fields of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy. One of the muse­um’s high­lights is the recon­struc­tion of the Altami­ra Cave in Spain, where some of the world’s old­est rock art has been dis­cov­ered.

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Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

Orig­i­nal­ly the Acad­e­my of Nat­ur­al Sci­ences at Drex­el Uni­ver­si­ty, this muse­um dates back to 1812, mak­ing it the old­est nat­ur­al his­to­ry muse­um in the world. The muse­um hous­es a col­lec­tion of 17 mil­lion items, includ­ing the famous 13 meter tyran­nosaurus rex skele­ton that greets all vis­i­tors upon arrival.

Universeum, Gothenburg, Sweden

A vis­it to Uni­ver­se­um is a great fam­i­ly get­away for those who want to expe­ri­ence the world with­out leav­ing the city cen­ter. This fan­tas­tic chil­dren’s sci­ence muse­um includes exhibits, inter­ac­tive dis­plays, an aquar­i­um, and even a three-sto­ry rain­for­est where real crea­tures roam! While the fun is main­ly aimed at chil­dren, there are plen­ty of exhi­bi­tions that adults will also enjoy.

Space Museum in Hong Kong

If you are vis­it­ing Hong Kong, be sure to vis­it this fan­tas­tic space muse­um. You can hard­ly miss it, as the dome of the cen­tral plan­e­tar­i­um is one of the most famous attrac­tions in Hong Kong. One of the most pop­u­lar exhibits is the booth, where every­thing looks like you are walk­ing on the moon. It is also one of the most vis­it­ed muse­ums in the world.

Exploratorium, San Francisco

This fas­ci­nat­ing sci­ence muse­um attracts and edu­cates vis­i­tors. This so-called “house of sci­en­tif­ic fun” offers some­thing dif­fer­ent and unusu­al in every cor­ner. The team that devel­oped the Explorato­ri­um made it their mis­sion to show­case the weird­est, most amaz­ing and excit­ing aspects of sci­ence in order to cap­ti­vate young minds. The main idea of ​​this muse­um is that it is pos­si­ble to cre­ate young sci­en­tists, allow­ing them to see how excit­ing the world of sci­ence can be. The Explorato­ri­um is con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed at Piers 15 and 17 in the Port of San Fran­cis­co.

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Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne

The Swiss Muse­um of Trans­port includes exhibits of all modes of trans­port. The beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed muse­um hous­es a large col­lec­tion of Swiss car mod­els from the ear­ly 1900s. It also dis­cuss­es the main prob­lems that ear­ly builders faced in set­ting up road and rail infra­struc­ture to cross the Alps.

Te Papa Museum, Wellington, New Zealand

Offi­cial­ly named Te Papa Ton­gare­wa, this muse­um is New Zealand’s nation­al muse­um. While not only a sci­ence muse­um, it has huge col­lec­tions of fos­sils and archaeo­zo­ol­o­gy, plant spec­i­mens, New Zealand bird spec­i­mens, and many amphib­ians, rep­tiles, and mam­mals. The jew­el in the muse­um’s crown is the largest spec­i­men of the world’s largest squid, with a whop­ping 495 kg.

National Media Museum, Bradford

This won­der­ful muse­um has a range of exhibits on the his­to­ry of pho­tog­ra­phy, film and tele­vi­sion, as well as the inter­net, ani­ma­tion and even video games. The muse­um includes inter­ac­tive exhibits where vis­i­tors can expe­ri­ence var­i­ous aspects of tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing, from cam­era­man to news­read­er. The muse­um also focus­es on sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy in these areas, from how the green screen works to the very prin­ci­ples of col­or and light.