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The Best Bucket List of Museums in the World

Do groans and whining about having a ‘yawn fest’ outing come springing out of your kids mouths when they think museums? Well that’s what most kids think, but they haven’t seen what we’ve got up our sleeves!

We’ve researched museums the world over, and have come up with a very impressive list of museums that will knock your socks off! The kid factor appeal is awesome, as is the adult appeal. So museums can go right back on that travel list again, and get ready for some awesome family adventures!

The Discovery Center of Idaho, Boise, Idaho

discovery center of idaho

What’s the kid appeal?

Well we can answer that with pretty much everything appeals to kids here, but there are some awesome stand out’s. There’s a bubble wall to a robot that spells, yes a robot that spells, believe it or not! You can try and lifting yourself six feet up in the air with the arm break chair, which uses pulleys to lift you up and you can even build large structures with Keva blocks. The learning potential in this museum is awesome, but fun is the number one order of the day here.

To find out more visit their website

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois

museum of science industry

What’s the kid appeal?

Even if your kids don’t love science, this will get those brains ticking as at The Museum of Science and Industry. If they think test tubes and a crazy professor who yells a lot, they can think again, as this is where Science gets some kudos as cool! They can learn everything here in a seriously interactive and engaging way (they won’t even know they’re learning Science, bonus!) They’ll learn about the body and how it moves by running on a giant hamster wheel, how awesome is that? They can even see a Science Storms exhibit, which shows natural occurrences, like seeing a virtual fireworks display in the fireworks section! Pretty cool.

To find out more visit their website

The Phoenix Children’s Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

phoenix childrens museum

What’s the kid appeal?

Well to start off there’s one massive 37 foot climber which is made of tubes and stairs which both you and your kids can explore. You’ll have a blast. It’s made from objects they’ve found, building materials and other stuff. But how is this to up the cool factor? There’s a flying bathtub and a recycled rocket in the climber. For the car lovers in your family, they can visit the Pit Stop exhibit to launch off racers and watch in wonder as they soar! Everything sounds awesome!

Check out their website for more information

Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, Colorado

dinosaur ridge

What’s the kid appeal?

If you’ve got any dinosaur lovers in your family (including the big kids, aka adults) then this is one place you have to go. Basically you can take a hike up a Colorado mountain and see real, genuine dinosaur tracks. Catch a ride from the visitors’ centre to the Triceratops Trail or Dinosaur Ridge; the kids will love it as these date back 100 million years ago. Can you imagine? Inside they’re got a ‘Trek Through Time’ exhibit which teaches kids a bit more about dinosaurs. Oh and another bonus a young palaeontologist can be born in the area where they pretend to dig for fossils. Cool huh!

Visit their website for more information

The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

franklin institute

What’s the kid appeal?

Again, this is Science wrapped up in a cloak of coolness. They show the world of science through exhibits, but there’s more than just exhibits here, that’s for sure! In these exhibits about water, light and earth, your kids become superheroes, who battle Lord Chaos, or they teach biology through a giant walk-through heart model. Seriously, this is one place to go with the kids for sure!

For more information visit their website 

The Montreal Biodome, Montreal, Quebec

montreal biodome

What’s the kid appeal?

The kids can literally travel through different regions from the arctics to tropical rain forests all in one place. They can see loads of different ecosystems under one roof. It’s fascinating as they can see what lives in different climates and how the climate affects different species.

Visit their website for more information

The Magic House Museum, St Louis, Missouri

magic house museum

 

What’s the kid appeal?

There is so much for the kids to do here…they can make music, play with bubbles, solve a mystery and learn how to build, all in one place. Wow, sounds pretty awesome. There’s a Children’s Village which is literally a little village for our smaller counterparts, otherwise known as our kids. They can be shopkeepers, mechanics and nurses in this pint-sized community. They can also go to the adventure centre and blaze a trail like a famous explorer!

Check out their website for more information

The International Spy Museum, Washington, DC

international spy museum

What’s the kids appeal?

Well first and foremost just look at its name, perfect for the budding spy in your life! And here you need to take on a cover identity (yes Mums and Dads you can too). Absolutely awesome! There’s a ‘School for Spies’ exhibit which shows recording bugs, buttonhole cameras and they can learn about all the secret antics in the cool world of spies. There’s also an awesome gift shop that you and the kids won’t be able to resist…anything a spy could want. This gets big thumbs up from us!

For more information check out their website 

The National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York

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What’s the kid appeal?

Well again, the title says a lot, but there’s even more, and certainly something for everyone! If you’ve got a superhero fan they can grab a cape and head to the Super Powers School at the comic book exhibition. Awesome. If you’ve got a Sesame Street fan they can take a seat on the famous 123 stoop. And yes parents there’s something here for you too, take a trip down memory lane in the Toy Hall and Fame. Oh but that’s still not all, there’s a huge coral reef and aquarium and a rainforest garden with over 1,000 butterflies. This could keep you busy all day!

For more information check out their website

Bank of England Museum, London

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What’s the kid appeal?

Want to make your kids money smart but in a cool way, well take them to the Bank of England Museum. They can see gold bars from ancient times and even try and lift them. Luckily they’re heavy as they might want to nick them! Well any family could do with a big gold bar. To add to the appeal of this place there’s apparently there’s a ghostly nun, so they can hear about her too, as long as they’re not too young of course! Another bonus, they can find out how the pound sign was developed. This is education with a twist.

Visit their website for more information

Natural History Museum, London

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What’s the kid appeal?

Well loads really! Meet a life-sized blue whale, a roaring T-Rex and a gigantic crocodile! Visit the Darwin Centre and get the kids involved in the science lab, or even get shaken up in the earthquake machine! That just might be for the kids! There is so much here, you’ll be amazed.

Check out their website for more information

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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What’s the kid appeal?

The exhibit ‘Bones: An Exhibit Inside You’ kids can build a skeleton, shop for calcium rich foods and walk through a giant model of a bone. They’ve got heaps of artefacts on display including a 55-ton steam engine, a working 1927 carousel, and a 33-foot-tall water clock, the largest in North America. There’s even a planetarium, a life size T-Rex, they can dig for fossils and there’s a lab where they can work with scientists looking at fossils.

Visit their website for more information

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

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What’s the kid appeal?

So many it’s even hard to mention them all, but here’s a teaser! They can create their own artwork, play with bubbles, visit the Kid’s Garden, they can dig for fossils and see a giant Mammoth replica, go to the Rainbow Market to pick out healthy foods and even prepare them too, they can build an arch bridge, jump inside a Vietnamese round bamboo boat and balance on spinning discs, there’s even a little city, where they can experience all things about a city in a safe environment. We could go on for days, but this is definitely a hot spot to go.

Check out their website for more information

Center of Science & Industry, Columbus, Ohio

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What’s the kid appeal?

Kids can turn into astronauts with the snap of the finger by riding in a mock space shuttle or check out the museum’s working radio station, or take a tour of the ancient stories of the sea hosted by Poseidon himself. There’s an outdoor science park with loads on display including the “green home of tomorrow”. There is heaps of kid appeal here!

Visit their website for more information and this is a must!

Children’s Museum of Houston

childrens museum houston

What’s the kid appeal?

The Children’s Museum of Houston has over fourteen exciting galleries. Your kids can explore hydro-power, or learn about ecology at the museum’s EcoStation, or visit a city “for kids, run by kids” called Kidtropolis, discover dragons and fairies, join they cyber squad team to hold off hackers and just so much more. How awesome is that? Get there if you can!

Check out their website for more information

Computerspielemuseum, Berlin

computer museum berlin

What’s the kid appeal?

Well this museum is dedicated to video and computer games, both new and old. There are over 300 exhibits and 14,000 games! Wow. Kids can try new virtual experiences and adults can go down memory lane with a game of Tetris, Super Mario Land II, Donkey Kong, Dig Dug and even transport yourself through virtual reality. There’s even the world’s largest Pac-Man controller and a human-sized joystick. Wow.

Check out their website for more information

Science Center NEMO, Amsterdam

science center amsterdam

What’s the kid appeal?

Well there are over five floors of interactive exhibits, simulations and experiments that answer questions like “What will I look like in 30 years?” and “How does lightening work?” Kids use their sense of smelling, hearing, feeling and seeing to learn how the world works. One exhibit is ‘The Search For Life’ where kids can discover extra-terrestrial beings, how life began and the different between living and lifeless objects. There’s also Space Shower, where children can view mysterious rays from space.  Interesting to say the least.

Check out their site for more information

The Children’s Museum, Brussels

childrens museum brussels

What’s the kid appeal?

The Children’s Museum in Brussels, Belgium has absolutely loads of interactive exhibits to help kids learn about themselves and others! They’ve got super cool topics like imagination, communication, self-confidence and the five senses, and these are explored through play. What an amazing idea! For example, “1001 Landmarks” teaches kids how to find their way around and promotes self-growth, while “The Family Super Market” highlights family values. They can even learn to cook, build wooden structures, produce a television programme or be a superhero for the day. Now this sounds like one cool place to visit.

Check out their website for more information

Toy Museum, Prague

toy museum prague

What’s the kid appeal?

Well quite frankly if it’s got the word ‘toy’ in the name then all kids will love it! It’s on the Prague Castle premises, which is cool in itself. There are exhibition rooms which show toys from different decades and countries, and kids can get into toy cars, Disney characters, robots, dollhouses, figurines, models, teddy bears and loads more. For the girl in your life they’ll love the Barbie collection which takes up an entire floor with Spice Girls Barbie’s, Marilyn Monroe Barbie, a Donald Trump Ken doll and lesser-heard of Barbie’s with a stomach for Barbie babies. Well, well! If your kids love toys, which one’s don’t, then this is a good place to go.

Check out their website for more information

National Science and Technology Museum in Taichung, Taiwan

science museum taiwan

What’s the kid appeal?

Apparently this museum is often touted as one of the best of its kind in the world. There are hands-on exhibits, an IMAX theatre and interactive exhibits were kids can get involved in the world of science and technology in a seriously cool way. They can explore the greenhouse and gardens to learn about natural sciences, watch animated T-Rex and Velociraptors in action, view small reptiles in a mini zoo, create their own whistling wheel, learn about food preservation by canning their own goods or perform experiments with light to see how it moves. WOW, there is certainly a lot here.

Check out their website for more information

The Toy Factory and Big Rocking Horse in Adelaide Hills, Australia

big rocking horse

What’s the kid appeal?

Well there’s one massive rocking horse outside, which weighs 25 tons and stands 60 feet tall, that the kids can climb all over! This is definitely the world’s biggest rocking horse you’ll ever find. Inside your kids can play with good old-fashioned wooden toys and building kits and take a tour to see how the toys are made. They’ve even got a wildlife park; get some seed and head outside to feed the kangaroos, wallabies, emus, alpacas, peacocks, sheep, goats and other animals.

Check out their website for further information

But what about you? What if you’re pining for a real adult museum experience like Le Louvre in Paris, The Acropolis Museum in Athens or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, amongst others? Well there’s a way that you can make this exciting for the kids too! Do a bit of research before your trip and create a scavenger hunt for them. Print off all the things that they need to find in the museum and they need to tick them off once they’ve met the challenge. If the museum allows let them take some pictures and create a travel journal too. They’ll have heaps of fun.

So, get rid of the yawns and moans, and get those kids out there enjoying these awesome and cool museums.

About the Author

Lisa Steyn (51 Posts)

I’m a marketer by profession and a writer by nature. I discovered writing as my passion years ago, and have loved every bit of it, particularly writing for families in order to help them have fun and improve their lives. I’ve travelled the world extensively, lucky me! To make me happy put me next to the raging sea, or the calming mountains, and to get me firing on all cylinders send me on a wildlife safari!


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