Places every science fan needs to visit

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Get ready to be amazed by our list of seven unmissable attractions from around the world every science fan needs to visit. From evolution to engineering, these are the places that will leave you saying “wow.”

La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris, France

You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding this place, thanks to its ginormous mirrored sphere, called La Géode. La Cité is the biggest science museum in Europe, and hosts a range of exhibitions that relate science to the interests of modern pop culture.

La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie © Panoramas/flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ranopamas/224365784/in/photostream/)
La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie © Panoramas/flickr 

Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy

People who visit Florence only for the art are missing out by not going to the Museo Galileo. This famous museum houses many of Galileo’s own scientific instruments, and also (creepily) his right-hand thumb, index and forefinger.

Museo Galileo © Photographic Department, Museo Galileo - Florence (http://www.museogalileo.it/en/index.html)
Museo Galileo © Photographic Department, Museo Galileo – Florence

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, Meyrin, Switzerland

Otherwise known as CERN, this colossal particle physics laboratory is home to the Large Hadron Collider: the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, which took a decade to build, and is considered “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind.”

The European Organization for Nuclear Research © CERN (http://home.web.cern.ch/)
The European Organization for Nuclear Research © CERN

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), Northern Hemisphere

If the refractive and reflective dimension of rainbows boggles your mind, then the Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights will blow it completely. This phenomenal natural light display is produced through a collision of charged energetic particles with atoms at high altitude, and is visible from many northern regions.

Aurora Borealis © Neutronman/iStock/Thinkstock (http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-aurora-over-jokulsarlon/454007707)
Aurora Borealis © Neutronman/iStock/Thinkstock

Hayden Planetarium, New York, New York, United States

Probably the greatest planetarium on earth, New York’s Hayden Planetarium comprises a state of the art theater that offers daily “tours” of the solar system and the creation of the universe. It’s also where folks decided Pluto was no longer a planet…awkward.

Hayden Planetarium © American Museum of Natural History (http://www.amnh.org/)
Hayden Planetarium © American Museum of Natural History 

Natural History Museum, London, England

Spend an entire day at London’s iconic Natural History Museum, and you’ll barely scratch the surface of the museum’s extensive collection. The Darwin Centre alone holds tens of millions of preserved species, which have great historical and scientific value. From dinosaurs to geology, there’s no stone left unturned.

Natural History Museum © Josh Hallett/flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hyku/3856462671)
Natural History Museum © Josh Hallett/flickr

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C., United States

Home to the largest collection of aircrafts and spacecrafts in the world, the National Air and Space Museum features all originals or original backups. We wouldn’t expect anything less from America’s famous Smithsonian Institute.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum © Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (http://airandspace.si.edu/)
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum © Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Places every science fan needs to visit was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Elizabeth Gourd
Author: Elizabeth Gourd (61 posts)

Elizabeth suffers from an acute case of wanderlust, which no amount of traveling or adventure can cure. She has lived in London, New York and Berlin, and is currently a writer for Hg2 | A Hedonist's Guide To...