Science and History Museum Links (USA)
Listed Alphabetically by State
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Alabama

Alaska

 

Arizona

 

Arkansas

 

California

The Exploratorium
San Francisco
http://www.exploratorium.edu

Metreon: www.metreon.com
Children's Holiday Movie Screening & Storytime: Saturdays 11/30 - 12/28 Where the Wild Things Are -- Interactive children's exhibition based on the Maurice Sendak children's book. Ongoing.

Pier 39: www.pier39.com
Riptide Arcade -- Video game and prize arcade. Also featuring Flower Power Body Art providing temporary airbrushed tattoos. Carousel Turbo-ride -- Large-screen simulation ride featuring films with seats that move: Secrets of the Lost Temple, Dino Island, Superstition with Elvira, and the James Bond 007 ride License to Thrill.

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf: More than 260 handcrafted wax figures in 50 settings, including the Chamber of Horrors, Hall of Presidents and Hollywood.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
http://www.cdm.org/
This museum boasts the world's only permanent giant Monopoly board, ample picnic space, an annual Backyard National Children's Film Festival, a webzine http://www.getchy.com, parent/child workshops for several younger age groups, seasonal garden-related workshops, math-related workshops, writing-related workshops, music-related workshops, and cooking-related workshops between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm daily, excluding Mondays (I'm exhausted just thinking about the number of kids that must come through there each day). It also offers volunteer opportunities for high school and college students. The museum was chosen as one of Child Magazine's and MSN City Search's top ten national children's museums.
Colorado

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
www.dmns.org
Connecticut

 

Delaware

 

District of Columbia

National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC
www.si.edu/nmai
Florida

Bug Bytes, Bug Noise Museum
Containing a catalog of recorded insect noises, this Web site is presented by Richard Mankin of the Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, a division of the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Organized by species and subject, this unusual library contains approximately 40 audio clips of such subtle insect noises as the wing vibrations of a butterfly and the sound of a termite feeding. Some background noise is unavoidable with recordings such as these, but the Web site includes a sample file for training the ear to distinguish insect noises from extraneous sounds.
Gainesville, FL - Online
http://cmave.usda.ufl.edu/~rmankin/soundlibrary.html

Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu
This museum boast tons of exhibits, along with some rather exclusive collections, including the international shark attack files and one of the world's largest and most complete butterfly collections. The museum website has images of many of the items in the collections, with vibrant photographs of alligators, rare plants, fish, and birds. In addition to the images, the website also has virtual tours of the oldest city in the USA - St. Augustine, Horse Fossils, a Mayan Exhibit, Boats Shipwrecked off of Florida's coast, and more!

Georgia

 

Hawaii

 

Idaho

 

Illinois

Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago
www.msichicago.org/

The Museum of Broadcast Communications
http://www.museum.tv
Located in Chicago. Its website hosts free streaming video documentaries for educational use, and contains a history on presidential debate. The museum has several permanent exhibits (not all specifically for children): AT&T Broadband Center, play a newsanchor and take home your news segment on videotape, explore the history of cable television; AC Neilsen Jr. Research Center discover or re-live memorable TV/radio moments through archives with hundreds of thousands of programs, commercials, radio segments, and newscasts. Through their schools, students can access the archives at a discount for research purposes. Radio Hall of Fame Gallery Angel Harvey Radio Center: Every second Sunday of each month, visitors can be audience to a classic radio re-creation Puppets, Pies, and Prizes. Kids TV Chicago-Style: memorabilia from shows like Bozo's Circus, Super Circus, and Romper Room.

The DuSable Museum of African American History
http://www.dusablemuseum.org/
Located in Chicago. Teamed with the Coca-Cola company to start the Children's Penny Cinema, which shows kid-oriented films Saturday mornings in the summer for a mere penny (adults not admitted unless accompanied by a child (see more about the program here: http://www.dusablemuseum.org/pennytheatre/ ). The museum seems to work a great deal with local schools. The website has a virtual plethora of information about educational exhibits that teachers can work into their lesson plans, is capable of teleconferencing and providing distance learning materials, and has a couple dozen good educational resource links. The website is a bit difficult to navigate and the design's not really flashy, but there's lots of worthwhile information to be found if you're patient.

Indiana

 

Iowa

 

Kansas

 

Kentucky

 

Louisiana

 

Maine

 

Maryland

 

Massachusetts

 

Michigan

 

Minnesota

 

Mississippi

 

Missouri

 

Montana

 

Nebraska

 

Nevada

 

New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

 

New Mexico

 

New York

 

North Carolina

 

North Dakota

 

Ohio

 

Oklahoma

 

Oregon

 

Pennsylvania

Please Touch Museum
http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/
Located in Philadelphia, PA, and designed for children seven years and younger. The museum hosts community programs, outreach programs, historic collections, rentable mini-exhibits (called Traveling Trunks), and teacher training workshops. The website's cute, fairly easy to navigate and creative, with one section for kids (which is unfinished) and one for adults, but slightly lacking in detailed information.
Current exhibits:
Sendack, Science Park, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Move It!, Story Garden, Barnyard Babies, The Supermarket, and Me on TV!

Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

 

South Dakota

 

Tennessee

 

Texas

The Children's Museum of Houston: http://www.cmhouston.org/
Contains, in collaboration with the Houston Public Library, the Parent Resource Library: a library of material concerning children's issues from potty training to racial issues to coping with learning disabilities. The Parent Resource Library is designed to be kid-friendly, too; all of the adult research material is contained on upper shelves, with the lower shelves reserved for children's books and toys.

Permanent exhibits:
PG&E Coorporation EcoStation; an outdoor, hands-on exhibit concerning envirornmental issues and Houston's ecosystems. Kids can make crafts (birdfeeders, nature journals, etc.), observe insects and plants, see puppet shows, etc.
Think Tank; optical illusions, puzzles, word/number games Yalalag, A Mountain Village in Mexico; a replica of an actual villiage in Mexico; kids can learn about the food, transportation, family structure, and language. Periodic fiestas with live mariachi, crafts, and celebrations.
How Does It Work?; application of the scientific method through studies in light, the workings of cars, portable telephones, and basic physics.
Bubble Lab; Pretty self-explanatory: kids + bubbles = fun mess that's easily cleaned up. Kids can make giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, paint with bubble soap, and learn about the physics of bubbles.
Tot*Spot ; toys, activities, and play area for younger kids (birth; 3 years of age)
KID-TV; learn about television news production Farm to Market; food production and practice grocery shopping Cyber Clubhouse; computer activities Expressions; paint, clay, and computer art John P. McGovern Kids's Hall art exhibits from children across the world, and Junktion, a series of craft activities joined together to form a train. Red Caboose; trains Victorian Playhouse Babbling Bayou; water exploration Brown Foundation Inc.
Auditorium; host to performers from around the world every weekend The museum generally has three or four traveling exhibits, too.
The website is easy to get around, but not particularly easy on the eyes. It hosts a detailed calendar of events, information about employment and volunteer opportunities, a riddle of the week, and pictures from recent museum events
Utah

 

Vermont

 

Virginia

 

Washington

Washington, DC - see District of Columbia

West Virginia

 

Wisconsin

 

Wyoming


Other Programs across the USA

http://www.aep-arts.org/ -- Arts Education Partnership
http://www.childrensmuseums.org/ -- Association of Children's Museums Articles
http://www.child.com/living_in_style/travel/top10_museums.jsp?page=1 -- Child Magazine's 10 Best Children's Museums
http://local.msn.com/special/fall/childrensmuseums.asp -- MSN.com's 10 Best Children's Museums


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