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Eight of the best science museums in New York, which will be interesting for both children and adults


Olga Derkach

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While New York City is known for its rich cuisine and a prominent historic site on the world stage, it has served as a haven for scientific institutions almost since its founding. Of course, there are historical scientific institutions, there are also art galleries, but the publication Secret nyc has collected for you the best museums of science and technology that will excite your minds.

1. American Museum of Natural History (American Museum of Natural History)

Featured in many Hollywood movies and city landmarks, the American Museum of Natural History is considered one of New York City's most iconic and best science museums. It constantly hosts new exhibitions aimed at spreading information about the natural world, the universe and human culture through internationally recognized research and educational programs, many scientists from around the world rank its collections and scientific work among the most impressive in the world.

2. New York Hall of Science

Founded at the 1964 World's Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has served for decades as a hub for New York City students, teachers, and families to learn about science in practical and interactive ways. Through a patented approach called Design Make Play, the New York Hall of Science encourages attendees to learn with passion, think critically, and participate as active citizens in their communities.

On the subject: The New York Library library card gives you free admission to 79 popular museums.

The New York Hall of Science emphasizes diversity and wants people of all backgrounds and nationalities to tackle today's challenges from a technological and scientific perspective. The museum welcomes guests with a swirling architectural design of glass and concrete. The enlarged and intricate images showcase the complexity of everything here, from cancer cells to ice crystals.

Exhibitions such as The Happiness Experiment teach visitors how happiness works on a biological and psychological level. These interactive experiences teach children and adults how to fill their lives with happiness, behaviors that have the potential to be life-changing.

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3. National Museum of Mathematics

The National Museum of Mathematics, an internationally recognized and award-winning museum, teaches visitors about the hidden beauty of mathematics and how it manifests itself in the everyday world. Emphasizing mathematical patterns visible to those astute enough to notice, this museum offers dynamic exhibits and programs.

MoMath includes activities such as "Cup Holders" (an experiment that shows how unusual shapes with a constant diameter still roll smoothly across the floor), "Pattern Grid" (a game for children and adults that involves layering competing patterns on each on a friend) and "Hyperhyperboloid" (an illusion created when you rotate in a chair in a cylindrical chamber and experience the creation of a curved surface made up of straight lines.

4 Spyscape

A fun and unexpected addition to New York's best science museums list, Spyscape offers a unique educational experience. With an educational plan and training designed by a former M16 course leader, Spyscape allows guests to take on spy missions, get "profiles" of their skills, and explore high-tech gadgets and secrets traditionally reserved for real secret agents.

Once visitors enter the building, they receive 40 pages of personalized results on individual behaviors, thought patterns, and skill sets curated by museum experts. Along with this free analysis, you can explore and try out the gadgets on display at the High Tech Museum, from microbugs to the camera of the U2 spy plane. You will immerse yourself in the underground history of international spies and learn about the successes and traps that real agents faced.

5. Museum of the sea, aviation and astronautics (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)

Set aboard the real aircraft carrier Intrepid Sea, the Air & Space Museum brings together history, military service and science. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the aircraft carrier allows visitors to walk along its massive frame and explore original artifacts, archival video footage, interactive exhibits to learn more about its storied legacy.

This museum houses both naval artifacts and early American space shuttles. It features exhibits such as The Growler, the first publicly available guided missile submarine system, and the Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD, the world's fastest aircraft ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

6. Museum of Illusions (Museum of Illusions New York)

While magic and science don't usually meet in the same sentence, New York's Museum of Illusions (MOI) is a notable exception. With a comprehensive visual, sensory and educational experience built into its structure, New York's Museum of Illusions allows visitors to immerse themselves in stunning and intricate exhibits - all without using a magic wand.

Experience all sorts of holograms, optical illusions and stimulating installations. Assumptions about the world are not always correct and can easily be hidden behind a very convincing illusion.

7. New York Aquarium (New York Aquarium)

Established in Battery Park back in 1896, the New York Aquarium has served as a key link between New Yorkers and ocean wildlife close to its shores. Home to over 500 species of marine animals, the New York Aquarium joined the New York Zoological Society in 1902 and has been involved in educational and conservation efforts ever since.

8. Hayden Planetarium

While technically part of the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium is cool enough on its own to be included on this list. Dive into the world of astronomy and learn about planets, stars, celestial bodies and more.

The planetarium is located inside a large futuristic sphere that seems to float inside a glass cube. The current Worlds Beyond Earth show will take you through groundbreaking space missions and stunning visual earth immersions that will blow your mind.

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