Hands-On Science Centers

A Directory of Interactive Museums and Sites in the United States


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About the Book

Hands-on science centers are one of America’s newest and most popular types of museums. Beginning with a history of the science center movement in the United States, this book then presents detailed entries on more than 260 museums and sites where the visiting public can touch, handle, and interact with exhibits or objects in entertaining and educational ways. Each entry includes a description of the center’s hands-on exhibits, programs, and events, along with contact information, hours, and ticket information. The book contains 75 photographs of the exhibits in action.

About the Author(s)

Victor J. Danilov has been director and president of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and was the founding director of the museum management program at the University of Colorado. He has written more than 25 books, many of which focus on museums and historic sites. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Victor J. Danilov
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 222
Bibliographic Info: 75 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4875-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5635-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction: The Hands-On Science Center Movement      3


Early Science Centers      31

Extensive Science Centers      41

Children’s Science Centers      103


Astronomy Science Centers      122

Aviation/Space Science Centers      135

Energy Science Centers      148

Health Science Centers      151

Marine Science Centers      159

Natural History Science Centers      177

Nature Science Centers      197

Selected Bibliography      207

Index      211

Book Reviews & Awards

“introduction provides a valuable history…a well-researched directory”—Booklist; “valuable history…a well researched directory”—ARBA.