Science and technology has become a great ally of modern world, and it has burst onto the cultural field. The tech museum helps to fulfill a fundamental objective, to generate a sustained conversation through the contents. There are all kinds: from some that focus on explaining the evolution of the Earth (and its inhabitants) to others that look out to outer space with impressive planetariums.
In this article we brought you a selection of the best tech museums that you could visit. We have great cultural centers around the world but it is time to open horizons and go out to bring you fifteen places that you should visit when traveling abroad. If you have a planned trip, take a good note because you may have one of tech museum at your next destination.
National Museum of Air and Space
Washington, United States
The Smithsonian centers are amazing and if you go to Washington, it is impossible to avoid its tech museum of air and space. Their collection of aeronautics related to space and air is very complete. Key pieces in the history of the twentieth century that will delight any lover of aviation or space exploration. Around it you will find other thematic museums just as interesting as this one.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
In the financial district of Pudong we will find the science and technology museum in Shanghai. It is one of the largest tech museum in the world with very varied exhibits ranging from biology and exotic animals to space exploration. It is a very friendly tech museum to go with children and although you are in China, you will find a lot of information in English inside the rooms.
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, United States
If we like to touch and experiment, the science and technology tech museum that we bring to you from Chicago is indispensable. A space for demos and experiments of all kinds that combine learning with fun. Perfect for children but also for adults. In addition, it is one of the museums that uses more technology in the room and every time we go we will find something new thanks to its temporary exhibitions.
We are is Europe to bring you the Science and Tech Museum Muse in Trento. Its main strength is biology and archeology: reserve natural species of all kinds and many fossils. It has activities for children and some very interesting temporary exhibitions. It is not very big but it is a recommended visit.
In Munich we have the largest tech museum, by surface, of science and technology in the world. Located on a small island, we have a cultural center with a very large number of exhibitions and exhibitions. Transport, biology, telecommunications, materials, instruments, technology … It is very easy that with one day we do not have to see everything in this tech museum.
London Science Museum
South Kensington, London, United Kingdom
One of the tech museums devoted to science with more audiences every year. Their exhibitions are very complete and varied: from physics or chemistry to archeology to space exploration. In fact, the latter is one of its great attractions because the quality and quantity of this tech museum collection is excellent. It also has a few interactive attractions that combine art and technology in a very successful way.
Space Museum in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
The Hong Kong planetarium is one of the icons of the city and although it has been in operation for several years, it is still one of the most important tech museum in the world. If we want to know more about space exploration and astronauts in China, this tech museum is a must. Just seeing your projector in the vault is already worth it.
American Museum of Natural History
New York, USA
We return to the United States with a classic tech museum that many will surely know. We can drop by one day at the Museum of Natural History in New York and return the next day to see its exhibit. Very much to see, information sheets very complete and with the only drawback that almost all the year has many people. It is one of the most expensive tech museum of the list but that should not be an inconvenience, it is one of the best tech museum in the world.
Few museums devoted to science and technology are as futuristic as the Miraikan. Its icon is the Geo-Cosmos, a spherical screen where the Earth is shown and every so often different maps with information of all kinds are passed. Their exhibition of space and robotics is also great. One of the least known tech museum of the list but just as interesting as the rest.
The National Museum of Nuclear History and Science
New Mexico, United States
New Mexico is known by all thanks to the Breaking Bad series but before that much of its fame was in the nuclear tests that were made during the twentieth century. As a result of that a national museum dedicated to the history and science of this type of energy arose. It is not a typical visit but it is a perfect way to introduce yourself and understand better how it works, the real risks and see what equipment is used in fission reactors or some of the atomic bombs that were built in the United States.
We jump to Australia to bring you one of the most playful and interactive tech museum in the world. Powerhouse wants to be the best example that the best way to learn is by testing and playing. It has many meters of exposure dedicated to all kinds of instruments and demonstrations so if we go with children, it will be a perfect way to introduce new concepts and learn more about science and technology.
Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington, New Zealand
If you want to see the largest squid in the world, you will have to go to New Zealand, specifically to the Wellington Te Papa. Almost 500 kilos of weight, 2 meters long, is the main attraction of this tech museum but it is not the only one: the work they do to preserve the legacy of aboriginal culture is very present and although its main theme is science, it is a perfect center to get into the roots of this island.
Science Center of Ontario
Science Center Ontario is a tech museum of the Powerhouse school and employs a methodology based on experimentation and instruments as a way of learning. It is also one of the cultural centers that more bets for the technology in the room and every so often they bring temporary exhibitions of all kinds.
Museum of Computer Games
Lovers of video games, we do not forget about you. In Berlin you have a center dedicated to this theme. Do not be fooled by the name because there are platforms and systems of all kinds. The collection is very complete, they do a great documentary work to bring us a precise history about this industry and its evolution over the years. The German capital is full of cultural activities but escaping to this Computer Tech Museum is highly recommended.
We close our list with a tech museum MuDA is in Zurich and one of the biggest cultural center that combines technology with art with exhibitions of all kinds. They bet on being innovative in the format and for the moment what little we know we liked enough to include it here.