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Museums and science centers can play a critical role in sparking life-long interest in and understanding of science, engineering, and technology.

They offer a non-threatening, friendly environment where adults and students can explore without fear of being wrong, or admitting what they don't know.

Many museums have broad, updated resources that some schools do not have. They often also offer informal, interactive activities that complement local course curriculum. By helping the public investigate the natural world and explore why and how the human-made world works, science centers museums can also help equip young people -- and adults -- with the skills they need to live, work, and innovate in the 21st century.

Some museums and science centers also offer weekend or summer programs for precollege students, and some also offer programs for teachers, including lesson plans and activities for use in the classroom.  Many offer hands on experiences for exploring science, mathematics, engineering, computing, healthcare, and medicine or health applications.

Science Centers and Museums
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WA  WV  WI  WY  Virtual Centers and Museums

VIRTUAL

Eniac Virtual Museum
Franklin Institute Virtual Science Museum
Heartland Sc
ience
IEEE Global History Network
National Center for Technological Literacy

The Virtual Fossil Museum

ALABAMA

Anniston Museum of Natural History
Alabama Nature Center
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
Mann Museum
Sci-Quest, the North Alabama Science Center
U.S. Space & Rocket Center

ALASKA

The Imaginarium

ARIZONA

Arizona Science Center

ARKANSAS

Museum of Discovery

CALIFORNIA

Bay Area Discovery Museum
California Academy of Sciences

California Science Center
Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center
Coyote Point Museum For Environmental Education
Discovery Science Center
Ecology Hall of Fame
Exploratorium
Great Valley Museum of Natural History
Lawrence Hall of Science
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Museum of Paleontology, University of California
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center
San Diego Natural History Museum
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Tech Museum of Innovation

COLORADO

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Dinosaur Depot Museum
Discovery Center Science Museum

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Visitors Center

CONNECTICUT

Children's Museum of Connecticut
Discovery Museum
DNA EpiCenter
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

DELAWARE

Delaware Museum of Natural History
Hagley Museum and Library

Iron Hill Museum/Delaware Academy of Science

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Marian Koshland Science Museum
National Children's Museum
National Air and Space Museum

National Museum of Health and Medicine
Smithsonian National Zoological Park

FLORIDA

Emerald Coast Science Center
Florida Museum of Natural History
Great Explorations, The Hands On Museum
G.WIZ Hands-On Science Museum
Kennedy Space Center
Miami Science Museum
MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery & Science
Orlando Science Center
South Florida Science Museum

GEORGIA

Coca Cola Space Science Center
Georgia Museum of Natural History
Museum of Arts & Sciences
Museum of Aviation Flight & Technology Center
National Science Center (Fort Discovery)
Tellus Science Museum

HAWAII

Bishop Museum
Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

Pacific Tsunami Museum

IDAHO

Discovery Center of Idaho
Idaho Museum of Natural History

ILLINOIS

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Children's Discovery Museum

Field Museum of Natural History
International Museum of Surgical Science
Lake County Discovery Museum
Lederman Science Education Center
Museum of Science and Industry
Orpheum Children's Science
SciTech Hands on Museum
The Science Center

INDIANA

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Terre Haute Childrens Museum
Science Central, Fort Wayne
WonderLab Museum of Health, Science, and Technology

IOWA

Grout Museum District
Putnam Museum
Science Center of Iowa
Cedar Rapids Science Station

KANSAS

Exploration Place
Great Plains Nature Center
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Sternberg Museum of Natural History

KENTUCKY

Explorium of Lexington
Highlands Museum & Discovery Center
Louisville Science Center

Owensboro Museum of Science and History

LOUISIANA

Lafayette Science Museum
Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Louisiana Children's Museum
LSU Museum of Natural Science

Sci-Port Discovery Center

MAINE

Children's Museum of Maine
Maine Discovery Museum (Bangor)

MARYLAND

Discovery Station at Hagerstown
Maryland Science Center

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Children's Museum
EcoTarium
MIT Museum
Museum of Science, Boston
National Plastics Center and Museum
Springfield Science Museum
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

MICHIGAN

Alfred P. Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium
Flint Children's Museum
Impression 5 Science Center

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Kingman Museum

New Detroit Science Center

MINNESOTA

Bell Museum of Natural History
Duluth Children's Museum
Headwaters Science Center
Science Museum of Minnesota

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Russell C. Davis Planetarium

MISSOURI

Discovery Center of Springfield
Pioneer Ridge Science Education Center
St. Louis Science Center

Science City at Union Station
The YouZeum

MONTANA

ExplorationWorks
Museum of the Rockies
Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum

NEBRASKA

Edgerton Explorit Center
Omaha Children's Museum
University of Nebraska State Museum

NEVADA

Fleischmann Planetarium
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Lied Discovery Children's Museum

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Children's Museum of Portsmouth
Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
Mount Washington Observatory and Weather Center
SEE Science Center

NEW JERSEY

Information Age Learning Center
Liberty Science Center

Newark Museum

NEW MEXICO

Bradbury Science Museum
Explora
Las Cruces Museum of Natural History

LodeStar Astronomy Center
National Atomic Museum

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

New Mexico Museum of Space History

NEW YORK

American Museum of Natural History
Brookhaven National Lab Science Museum
Buffalo Museum of Science
Center for Science Teaching & Learning
Dolan DNA Learning Center
Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and Science
Long Island Museum of Science and Technology
Long Island Science Center
Museum of the Earth
Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences
New York Botanical Garden
New York Hall of Science
New York Transit Museum
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Schenectady Museum
Sciencenter
The Discovery Center

NORTH CAROLINA

Cape Fear Museum
Catawba Science Center
Discovery Place
Exploris
Health Adventure
Imagination Station
Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Museum of Life and Science
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center
Schiele Museum of Natural History
SciWorks

NORTH DAKOTA

Gateway to Science

OHIO

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Center of Science and Industry, Columbus
Imagination Station Toledo
Falls of the Ohio State Park & Interpretive Center
Great Lakes Science Center
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology

OKLAHOMA

Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum

OREGON

Evergreen Aviation Museum
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Science Factory Children's Museum
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

PENNSYLVANIA

Academy of Natural Science
Carnegie Science Center
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology
Franklin Institute
Frost Entomological Museum
National Canal Museum
National Watch & Clock Museum
North Museum of Natural History and Science
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

RHODE ISLAND

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Museum of Natural History and Cormack Planetarium

SOUTH CAROLINA

Coastal Discovery Museum
EdVenture Children's Museum
Roper Mountain Science Center
ScienceSouth

SOUTH DAKOTA

Kirby Science Discovery Center
South Dakota Discovery Center & Aquarium

TENNESSEE

Adventure Science Center
American Museum of Science and Energy
Children's Museum of Memphis
Creative Discovery Museum
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
East Tennessee Discovery Center
Hands On! Regional Museum
Hands-On Science Center
Pink Palace Family of Museums

TEXAS

Austin Children's Museum
Children's Museum of Houston
Cook Education Center
Dallas Museum of Natural History
Discovery Science Place
Fort Worth Museum of Science
Heard Natural Science Museum
Health Museum
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Johnson Space Center
Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater
McDonald Observatory Visitor's Center
Museum of Health and Medical Science
Museum of Nature & Science
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum
Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Science Spectrum
Southwest Museum of Science and Technology

UTAH

BYU Earth Science Museum
Children's Museum of Utah
Clark Planetarium
Utah Museum of Natural History

VERMONT

ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Montshire Museum of Science

VIRGINIA

National Maritime Center
Science Museum of Virginia
Science Museum of Western Virginia
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
Virginia Air and Space Center
Virginia Aviation Museum
Virginia Discovery Museum
Virginia Living Museum
Virginia Museum of Natural History

WASHINGTON

Columbia River Exhibition
Mindport Exhibits
MOBIUS
Pacific Science Center
Palouse Discovery Science Center
Three Rivers Children's Museum

WEST VIRGINIA

Avampato Discovery Museum
SMART-Center

WISCONSIN

BioTrek: The Museum of Living Sciences
Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin
Fox Cities Children's Museum
Milwaukee Public Museum
Weis Earth Science Museum

WYOMING

The Science Zone

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