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Ohio – Great Lakes Science Center

PicMonkey Collage

Great Lakes Science Center is located right on Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the fourth science museum I’ve written about this week and I must point out that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the lack of redundancy between museums. I genuinely feel like each museum offers something different. I know I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, but I really recommend getting a membership to your local museum so that you can take advantage of the ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) Passport Program which allows you to visit science museums around the country without paying admission. We’ve […]

Kansas – Exploration Place

Exploration Place - Wichita

If you’ve been reading my site this week, you might be thinking that we have a goal to visit a science museum in all 50 states. While that would be a fun goal, we haven’t set our sights on that one. We just like science museums. And we especially love that we get into most of them for free because of the reciprocal agreement that most science museums have. We always get a membership to our local museum which is part of the ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) Passport Program. No, I don’t get paid to promote museum memberships […]

Oklahoma – Science Museum Oklahoma

Science Museum Oklahoma

Let’s start this post with an exciting announcement: Oklahoma was my 50th state! Woo hoo! I did it! (My husband hit 50 last year and the kids are at 49.) Naturally, Oklahoma will always hold a special place in my heart, but even without the distinction of being my last state, I have to say that Oklahoma City was a pleasant surprise because it was more interesting than I expected. I would very much like to return there again sometime. One of the attractions we decided to visit was Science Museum Oklahoma. When we arrived, we made a beeline […]

Oregon – OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Periscope on USS Blueback

While I love that we’ve been able to visit so many places around the country, there is one negative about this style of travel: you don’t have time to see everything and have to make some tough choices. And that’s just how I felt when we visited Portland, Oregon. The nice people at Travel Oregon and Travel Portland arranged for us to have a pass to visit many of the city’s popular attractions, but there were so many places and so little time! We considered the many options and decided to visit the OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and […]

Kentucky – Kentucky Science Center

Kentucky Science Center Arch

You know your kids are going to like a museum when they get hooked on an exhibit before they even enter the building. And that was the case with my kids at the Kentucky Science Center (formerly known as the Louisville Science Center). A giant parabolic mirror greets visitors outside the museum. We’ve visited this museum twice in the last couple years and both times I had a hard time pulling my kids away from the mirror.

Here’s the view looking into the mirror.

The museum has three floors and organizes exhibits by “worlds”–The World We Create, […]

Ohio – Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Sometimes I am ultra-detailed in my vacation planning. After all, if you want to visit all 50 states, you do need to have a plan. But that doesn’t mean that I’m afraid to be spontaneous. I love to travel and when an opportunity presents itself, I usually jump on it. Last summer, my husband had to go on a business trip to Cleveland, which is a four-hour drive from where we live. You know what that means, right? Free hotel! It isn’t often that my husband travels somewhere within driving distance while the kids are out of school. In fact, […]

Alabama – U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Saturn V rocket model

You may have heard of Space Camp, but did you know that you don’t need to attend camp in order to visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama? Every year on our annual trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, we drive past Huntsville, Alabama where we see the billboard for the museum. Every year I say to myself, “I wish we had time to stop and visit.” While planning our trip this year, I discovered that the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is part of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, which means that it has a reciprocal agreement […]

Delaware – Hagley Museum

Hagley Visitor Center

Teflon®, Stainmaster® carpet, Lycra®, gunpowder. The first three are brands that the average American family has undoubtedly heard of and likely purchased. Do you know what they have in common with gunpowder? All are products that have been produced by the DuPont Company over the years. DuPont, formally titled E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, prides itself in being a science company and employs 9500 scientists and engineers, so it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the historic site of their original headquarters is the most science-oriented history museum I’ve ever visited. Having an engineering background myself, my […]