Every Friday, I serve up a list of five things worth knowing about.
This week, it's great museums with a focus on technology, science, and innovation around New England. After all, it's mid-August, the kids are out of school for a few more weeks, you may have out-of-town guests, you may be traveling. Why not soak up some air-conditioned learnin'?
- Museum of Science, Boston, MA. Juggling, 3-D digital cinema, laser shows, a Paul MacCready human-powered aircraft, a hands-on computer lab, and a Van de Graaff lightening generator. You could easily spend a weekend here...
- Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, MA. Lowell's sprawling textile mills represent one of the epicenters of the Industrial Revolution in America.
- Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT. New England's newest science museum, with exhibits on healthy eating, clean energy, space, and sound. Plus, live shows about climate change and aerodynamics.
- The Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, ME. Cars, bikes, planes, boats, carriages: just about every mode of transport is accounted for here. It's a special treat to be at Owls Head for one of their big events, like an antique auto auction or an airshow. (Two runners-up in the transportation category: Heritage Museum's galleries of guns and antique autos, on Cape Cod, and the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.)
What other museums are on your must-visit list?
About Scott Kirsner
Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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