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Chapter: 10. Museums and Other Places to Visit

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Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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CHAPTER 10
MUSEUMS AND OTHER PLACES TO VISIT

Complete Regional Listing

PACIFIC REGION
10.1 Alaska

The Imaginarium: A Science Discovery Center (Anchorage)

Pratt Museum (Homer)

University of Alaska Museum (Fairbanks)

10.2 California

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)

California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)

California Museum of Science and Industry (Los Angeles)

Carter House Natural Science Museum (Redding)

Chabot Observatory and Science Center (Oakland)

Chaffee Zoological Garden (Fresno)

Chula Vista Nature Center (Chula Vista)

Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education (San Mateo)

Discovery Museum Learning Center (Sacramento)

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Watsonville)

The Exploratorium (San Francisco)

Explorit! Science Center (Davis)

Fresno Metropolitan Museum (Fresno)

Hall of Health (Berkeley)

Hi-Desert Nature Museum (Yucca Valley)

Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California (Berkeley)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore)

Lindsay Wildlife Museum (Walnut Creek)

The Living Desert (Palm Desert)

Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center (Bakersfield)

Los Angeles Zoo (Los Angeles)

Marine World-Africa USA (Vallejo)

Maturango Museum of the Indian Wells Valley (Ridgecrest)

Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey)

Museum of Paleontology, University of California (Berkeley)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles)

Oakland Museum of California (Oakland)

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (Pacific Grove)

Palm Springs Desert Museum (Palm Springs)

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont Colleges (Claremont)

Randall Museum (San Francisco)

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center (San Diego)

Sacramento Zoo (Sacramento)

Sanborn Discovery Center (Youth Science Institute) (Saratoga)

San Diego Aerospace Museum (San Diego)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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Engaging in hands-on inquiry at a museum

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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ABOUT THE "COMPLETE REGIONAL LISTING"

The "Complete Regional Listing" provides the names and locations (city and state) of about 550 facilities in the United States and several in Canada. The "Part 4 Overview" lists the criteria used in the selection of these facilities (see p. 307).

• It is divided into nine geographical regions, arranged in a roughly west-to-east array, as shown on the map in this box.

• The states within each region are listed alphabetically; each state in the "Complete Regional Listing" has an entry number—e.g., 10.1 for Alaska.

• The facilities in each state are arranged alphabetically.

• Facilities whose names appear in boldface type in the "Complete Regional Listing" are annotated in the second section of chapter 10—the "Select Annotated Listing," on pages 320-71.

Following is a list of the nine regions and the states in each. The entry number for each state is given in parentheses after its name.

Pacific Region

Alaska (10.1)

California (10.2)

Hawaii (10.3)

Oregon (10.4)

Washington (10.5)

 

Mountain Region

Arizona (10.6)

Colorado (10.7)

Idaho (10.8)

Montana (10.9)

Nevada (10.10)

New Mexico (10.11)

Utah (10.12)

Wyoming (10.13)

Great Plains/Midwest Region

Iowa (10.14)

Kansas (10.15)

Minnesota (10.16)

Missouri (10.17)

Nebraska (10.18)

North Dakota (10.19)

South Dakota (10.20)

Great Lakes Region

Illinois (10.25)

Indiana (10.26)

Michigan (10.27)

Ohio (10.28)

Wisconsin (10.29)

Middle Atlantic Region

Delaware (10.40)

District of Columbia (10.41)

Maryland (10.42)

New Jersey (10.43)

New York (10.44)

Pennsylvania (10.45)

South Central Region

Arkansas (10.21)

Louisiana (10.22)

Oklahoma (10.23)

Texas (10.24)

Southeast Region

Alabama (10.30)

Florida (10.31)

Georgia (10.32)

Kentucky (10.33)

Mississippi (10.34)

North Carolina (10.35)

South Carolina (10.36)

Tennessee (10.37)

Virginia (10.38)

West Virginia (10.39)

New England Region

Connecticut (10.46)

Maine (10.47)

Massachusetts (10.48)

New Hampshire (10.49)

Rhode Island (10.50)

Vermont (10.51)

 

 

• Canada

Canadian Provinces (10.52)

Readers will note that the series of entry numbers in the "Complete Regional Listing" continues without interruption into the "Select Annotated Listing," where each institution has its own entry number.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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San Diego Natural History Museum (San Diego)

San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park (San Diego)

San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Sausalito)

San Francisco Zoological Gardens (San Francisco)

Santa Ana Zoo (Santa Ana)

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (Santa Barbara)

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Santa Barbara)

Sea World of California (San Diego)

Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla)

Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose)

Vasona Discovery Center (Youth Science Institute) (Los Gatos)

10.3 Hawaii

Bishop Museum (Honolulu)

Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Island of Hawaii)

Sea Life Park Hawaii (Waimanalo)

Waikiki Aquarium, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu)

10.4 Oregon

Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History (Roseburg)

High Desert Museum (Bend)

Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center Aquarium (Newport)

Metro Washington Park Zoo (Portland)

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland)

Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History (Ashland)

Wildlife Safari (Winston)

Willamette Science and Technology Center (Eugene)

World Forestry Center (Portland)

10.5 Washington

The Burke Museum (Seattle)

Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology (Richland)

LifeTrek—Northwest Museum of Health and Science (Spokane)

Marine Science Society of the Pacific Northwest (Poulsbo)

Mt. Rainier National Park (Ashford)

Museum of Flight (Seattle)

North Cascades Institute (Sedro-Woolley)

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (Eatonville)

Pacific Science Center (Seattle)

Seattle Aquarium (Seattle)

Woodland Park Zoological Gardens (Seattle)

MOUNTAIN REGION
10.6 Arizona

Arizona Science Center (Phoenix)

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson)

Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix)

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, University of Arizona (Tucson)

Kitt Peak Museum (Tucson)

Lowell Observatory (Flagstaff)

Phoenix Zoo (Phoenix)

Pima Air and Space Museum (Tucson)

10.7 Colorado

Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Park (Colorado Springs)

Children's Museum of Denver (Denver)

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (Golden)

Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver)

Denver Museum of Natural History (Denver)

Denver Zoological Gardens (Denver)

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Florissant)

Hall of Life (Denver)

May Natural History Museum and Museum of Space Exploration (Colorado Springs)

Museum of Western Colorado (Grand Junction)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden)

Pueblo Zoo (Pueblo)

Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park)

University of Colorado Museum (Boulder)

10.8 Idaho

Discovery Center of Idaho (Boise)

Idaho Museu of Natural History, Idaho State University (Pocatello)

10.9 Montana

Glacier National Park (West Glacier)

Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University (Bozeman)

10.10 Nevada

Fleischmann Planetarium (Reno)

Great Basin National Park (Baker)

Lied Discovery Children's Museum (Las Vegas)

10.11 New Mexico

Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)

Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque (Albuquerque)

Las Cruces Museum of Natural History (Las Cruces)

New Mexico Bureau of Mines Mineral Museum (Socorro)

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Albuquerque)

Rio Grande Zoological Park (Albuquerque)

Santa Fe Children's Museum (Santa Fe)

The Space Center (Alamogordo)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.12 Utah

Canyonlands Field Institute (Moab)

College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum (Price)

Hansen Planetarium (Salt Lake City)

Hogle Zoological Garden (Salt Lake City)

Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Brigham Young University (Provo)

Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah (Salt Lake City)

10.13 Wyoming

Greybull Museum (Greybull)

GREAT PLAINS/ MIDWEST REGION
10.14 Iowa

Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Grout Museums (Waterloo)

Science Center of Iowa (Des Moines)

Science Station (Cedar Rapids)

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History (Iowa City)

10.15 Kansas

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (Hutchinson)

Kansas Learning Center for Health (Halstead)

Kauffman Museum, Bethel College (North Newton)

KU Natural History Museum, University of Kansas (Lawrence)

Lake Afton Public Observatory, Wichita State University (Wichita)

Lee Richardson Zoo (Garden City)

Pratt Wildlife Center and Aquarium (Pratt)

Topeka Zoological Park (Topeka)

10.16 Minnesota

The Bakken: A Library and Museum of Electricity in Life (Minneapolis)

Bell Museum of Natural History (See James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History)

Headwaters Science Center (Bemidji)

James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History (Minneapolis)

Minnesota Zoological Garden (Apple Valley)

Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul)

10.17 Missouri

Dickerson Park Zoo (Springfield)

Discovery Center (Springfield)

Kansas City Museum (Kansas City)

Kansas City Zoological Gardens (Kansas City)

The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum (St. Louis)

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis)

St. Louis Science Center (St. Louis)

St. Louis Zoological Park (St. Louis)

U.S. Army Engineer Museum (Fort Leonard Wood)

10.18 Nebraska

Folsom Children's Zoo and Botanical Garden (Lincoln)

Hastings Museum (Hastings)

Henry Doorly Zoo (Omaha)

Neale Woods Nature Center (Omaha)

Omaha Children's Museum (Omaha)

Pioneers Park Nature Center (Lincoln)

University of Nebraska State Museum (Lincoln)

10.19 North Dakota

Dakota Zoo (Bismarck)

Gateway to Science Center (Bismarck)

Roosevelt Park Zoo (Minot)

10.20 South Dakota

Badlands National Park (Interior)

South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium (Pierre)

Wind Cave National Park (Hot Springs)

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
10.21 Arkansas

Arkansas Museum of Science and History (Little Rock)

Little Rock Zoological Gardens (Little Rock)

Logoly State Park (McNeil)

Mid-America Museum (Hot Springs)

10.22 Louisiana

Alexandria Zoological Park (Alexandria)

Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans)

Audubon Zoological Garden (New Orleans)

Children's Museum of Lake Charles (Lake Charles)

Greater Baton Rouge Zoo (Baker)

Louisiana Arts and Science Center (Baton Rouge)

Louisiana Nature Center (New Orleans)

Sci-Port Discovery Center (Shreveport)

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park (Shreveport)

10.23 Oklahoma

Harmon Science Center (Tulsa)

Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum of Omniplex (Oklahoma City)

Oklahoma City Zoo (Oklahoma City)

Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma (Norman)

Tulsa Zoological Park (Tulsa)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.24 Texas

Abilene Zoological Gardens (Abilene)

Armand Bayou Nature Center (Houston)

Big Thicket National Preserve (Beaumont)

Caldwell Zoo (Tyler)

Centennial Museum, University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso)

Children's Museum of Houston (Houston)

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History (Corpus Christi)

Dallas Aquarium (Dallas)

Dallas Museum of Natural History (Dallas)

Dallas Zoo (Dallas)

Don Harrington Discovery Center (Amarillo)

El Paso Zoo (El Paso)

Environmental Science Center (Houston)

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Fort Worth)

Fort Worth Zoological Park (Fort Worth)

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose)

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary (McKinney)

Houston Museum of Natural Science (Houston)

Houston Zoological Gardens (Houston)

Insights—El Paso Science Center (El Paso)

McAllen International Museum (McAllen)

McDonald Observatory Visitors Center (Fort Davis)

Museum of the Southwest (Midland)

National Wildflower Research Center (Austin)

San Antonio Botanical Center (San Antonio)

San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium (San Antonio)

The Science Place, Southwest Museum of Science and Technology (Dallas)

Science Spectrum (Lubbock)

Sea World of Texas (San Antonio)

Space Center Houston (Houston)

Strecker Museum (Waco)

Texas Energy Museum (Beaumont)

Welder Wildlife Foundation (Sinton)

Witte Museum (San Antonio)

GREAT LAKES REGION
10.25 Illinois

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (Chicago)

Brookfield Zoo (See Chicago Zoological Park)

Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe)

Chicago Children's Museum (Chicago)

Chicago Zoological Park (Brookfield Zoo) (Brookfield)

Discovery Center Museum (Rockford)

Fermilab Lederman Science Education Center (Batavia)

The Field Museum (Chicago)

Henson Robinson Zoo (Springfield)

Illinois State Museum (Springfield)

International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago)

John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)

Jurica Nature Museum (Lisle)

Kampsville Archaeological Museum (Kampsville)

Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences (Peoria)

Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens (Chicago)

Morton Arboretum (Lisle)

Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

Nature Museum, Chicago Academy of Sciences (Chicago)

SciTech—Science and Technology Interactive Center (Aurora)

Shedd Aquarium (See John G. Shedd Aquarium)

10.26 Indiana

Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis)

Evansville Museum of Arts and Science (Evansville)

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo (Fort Wayne)

Indianapolis Zoo (Indianapolis)

Mesker Park Zoo (Evansville)

Potawatomi Zoo (South Bend)

10.27 Michigan

Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University (East Lansing)

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (Ann Arbor)

Belle Isle Nature Center (Detroit)

Binder Park Zoo (Battle Creek)

Chippewa Nature Center (Midland)

Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills)

Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)

Fernwood Botanic Garden (Niles)

Gerald E. Eddy Geology Center (Chelsea)

Hall of Ideas, Midland Center for the Arts (Midland)

Impression 5 Science Center (Lansing)

John Ball Zoological Garden (Grand Rapids)

Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Kalamazoo)

Kingman Museum of Natural History (Battle Creek)

Michigan Space and Science Center, Jackson Community College (Jackson)

Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing)

Muskegon County Museum (Muskegon)

Nichols Arboretum (Ann Arbor)

Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center (Flat Rock)

Potter Park Zoo (Lansing)

Robert T. Longway Planetarium (Flint)

Sarett Nature Center (Benton Harbor)

Sloan Museum (Flint)

Southwestern Michigan College Museum (Dowagiac)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.28 Ohio

Akron Zoological Park (Akron)

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm (Dayton)

Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (Cincinnati)

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (Cincinnati)

Cleveland Botanical Garden (Cleveland)

Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education Division (Garfield Heights)

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (Cleveland)

Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Cleveland)

Columbus Zoological Park (Powell)

COSI/Columbus—Ohio's Center Of Science and Industry (Columbus)

COSI Toledo (Toledo)

Dayton Museum of Discovery (Dayton)

Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland)

Holden Arboretum (Kirtland)

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (Bay Village)

McKinley Museum of History, Science and Industry (Canton)

Orton Geological Museum, Ohio State University (Columbus)

Rainbow Children's Museum (Cleveland)

Sea World of Ohio (Aurora)

Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center (Cleveland)

Trailside Nature Center and Museum (Cincinnati)

University of Toledo SciMaTEC (Toledo)

Wilderness Center (Wilmot)

10.29 Wisconsin

Discovery World (Milwaukee)

International Crane Foundation (Baraboo)

Madison Children's Museum (Madison)

Milwaukee County Zoo (Milwaukee)

Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee)

Museum of Natural History (Stevens Point)

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum (Madison)

SOUTHEAST REGION
10.30 Alabama

Alabama Mining Museum (Dora)

Alabama Museum of Natural History, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)

Anniston Museum of Natural History (Anniston)

Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Birmingham)

Birmingham Zoo (Birmingham)

Children's Hands-On Museum (Tuscaloosa)

Exploreum Museum of Science (Mobile)

George Washington Carver Museum (Tuskegee Institute)

Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama (McCalla)

McWane Center (Birmingham)

U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville)

10.31 Florida

Astronaut Memorial Space Science Center (Cocoa)

Biscayne National Park (Homestead)

Brevard Museum (Cocoa)

Children's Science Center (Cape Coral)

Discovery Science Center (Ocala)

Dolphin Research Center (Grassy Key)

Florida Aquarium (Tampa)

Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida (Gainesville)

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium (Fort Myers)

Great Explorations, The Hands On Museum (St. Petersburg)

Gulf Coast World of Science (Sarasota)

Gulf Islands National Seashore (Gulf Breeze)

Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (Miami)

Mote Marine Laboratory/Aquarium (Sarasota)

Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach)

Museum of Discovery and Science (Fort Lauderdale)

Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys (Marathon)

Museum of Science and History of Jacksonville (Jacksonville)

Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa)

Orlando Science Center (Orlando)

Science Center of Pinellas County (St. Petersburg)

Sea World of Florida (Orlando)

Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center (Ocala)

South Florida Science Museum (West Palm Beach)

10.32 Georgia

Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta)

Fernbank Science Center (Atlanta)

Georgia Southern University Museum (Statesboro)

Museum of Arts and Sciences (Macon)

National Science Center (Fort Gordon)

Oatland Island Education Center (Savannah)

Savannah Science Museum (Savannah)

SciTrek—The Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta (Atlanta)

University of Georgia Museum of Natural History (Athens)

Zoo Atlanta (Atlanta)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.33 Kentucky

Hardin Planetarium (Bowling Green)

John James Audubon Museum (Henderson)

Living Arts and Science Center (Lexington)

Louisville Science Center (Louisville)

Louisville Zoological Garden (Louisville)

10.34 Mississippi

J. L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium (Biloxi)

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (Jackson)

Russell C. Davis Planetarium (Jackson)

University Museums, The University of Mississippi (University)

10.35 North Carolina

Arts and Science Center (Statesville)

Catawba Science Center (Hickory)

Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum (Asheville)

Discovery Place (Charlotte)

Harris Visitors Center, Carolina Power and Light Company (New Hill)

The Health Adventure (Asheville)

Imagination Station (Wilson)

Morehead Planetarium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill)

Natural Science Center of Greensboro (Greensboro)

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Kure Beach)

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (Atlantic Beach)

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island (Manteo)

North Carolina Maritime Museum (Beaufort)

North Carolina Museum of Life and Science (Durham)

North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh)

North Carolina Zoological Park (Asheboro)

Piedmont Environmental Center (High Point)

Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site (Stanfield)

Rocky Mount Children's Museum (Rocky Mount)

Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (Gastonia)

SciWorks—The Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County (Winston-Salem)

Western North Carolina Nature Center (Asheville)

10.36 South Carolina

Charleston Museum (Charleston)

Greenville Zoo (Greenville)

Museum of York County (Rock Hill)

Riverbanks Zoological Park (Columbia)

Roper Mountain Science Center (Greenville)

South Carolina Botanical Garden (Clemson)

South Carolina State Museum (Columbia)

The World of Energy at Keowee-Toxaway (Seneca)

10.37 Tennessee

American Museum of Science and Energy (Oak Ridge)

Cumberland Science Museum (Nashville)

Grassmere Wildlife Park (Nashville)

Hands On! Regional Museum (Johnson City)

Knoxville Zoological Gardens (Knoxville)

Lichterman Nature Center (Memphis)

Memphis Museum System (Memphis)

Memphis Zoo and Aquarium (Memphis)

10.38 Virginia

D. Ralph Hostetter Museum of Natural History (Harrisonburg)

Leander J. McCormick Observatory (Charlottesville)

M. T. Brackbill Planetarium (Harrisonburg)

Norfolk Botanical Garden (Norfolk)

Orland E. White Arboretum (Boyce)

Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond)

Science Museum of Western Virginia (Roanoke)

Virginia Air and Space Center and Hampton Roads History Center (Hampton)

Virginia Living Museum (Newport News)

Virginia Marine Science Museum (Virginia Beach)

Virginia Museum of Natural History (Martinsville)

Virginia Museum of Transportation (Roanoke)

Virginia Zoological Park (Norfolk)

10.39 West Virginia

Good Children's Zoo (Wheeling)

Sunrise Museum (Charleston)

MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION
10.40 Delaware

Brandywine Zoo (Wilmington)

Delaware Museum of Natural History (Wilmington)

Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington)

10.41 District of Columbia

Capital Children's Museum (Washington, D.C.)

Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society (Washington, D.C.)

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)

National Aquarium (Washington, D.C.)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)

National Museum of Health and Medicine (Washington, D.C.)

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)

National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)

10.42 Maryland

Baltimore Zoo (Baltimore)

Brookside Gardens (Wheaton)

Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons)

Carrie Weedon Natural Science Museum (Annapolis)

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (Chesapeake Beach)

Columbus Center (Baltimore)

Historical Electronics Museum (Baltimore)

Howard B. Owens Science Center (Lanham)

Maryland Science Center (Baltimore)

National Aquarium in Baltimore (Baltimore)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater)

30th Street Nature Center (Mt. Rainier)

Watkins Nature Center (Upper Marlboro)

10.43 New Jersey

Bergen County Zoological Park (Paramus)

Invention Factory Science Center (Trenton)

Liberty Science Center (Jersey City)

Monmouth Museum (Lincroft)

Morris Museum (Morristown)

Newark Museum (Newark)

New Jersey State Aquarium at Camden (Camden)

New Jersey State Museum (Trenton)

Reeves-Reed Arboretum (Summit)

Trailside Nature and Science Center (Mountainside)

Wetlands Institute (Stone Harbor)

10.44 New York

Alley Pond Environmental Center (Douglaston)

American Museum of Natural History (New York City)

American Museum of Natural History—Hayden Planetarium (New York City)

Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation (Brooklyn)

Aquarium of Niagara (Niagara Falls)

Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Museum (Upton)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Children's Museum (Brooklyn)

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park (Bronx)

Buffalo Museum of Science (Buffalo)

Central Park Wildlife Center (New York City)

Children's Museum of Manhattan (New York City)

Corning Museum of Glass (Corning)

DNA Learning Center (Cold Spring Harbor)

George Landis Arboretum (Esperance)

Greenburgh Nature Center (Scarsdale)

Hayden Planetarium (See American Museum of Natural History—Hayden Planetarium)

Hicksville Gregory Museum (Hicksville)

Hudson River Museum of Westchester (Yonkers)

Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Millbrook)

Intrepid Sea–Air–Space Museum (New York City)

Kopernik Space Education Center (See Roberson Museum and Science Center)

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (Syracuse)

Museum of the Hudson Highlands (Cornwall-on-Hudson)

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)

New York Hall of Science (Corona Park)

New York State Museum (Albany)

New York Transit Museum (Brooklyn)

North Wind Undersea Institute (Bronx)

Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury, Long Island)

Paleontological Research Institution (Ithaca)

Pember Museum of Natural History (Granville)

Queens Botanical Garden (Queens)

Roberson Museum and Science Center (Binghamton) and Kopernik Space Education Center (Vestal)

Rochester Museum and Science Center (Rochester)

Ross Park Zoo (Binghamton)

Schenectady Museum and Planetarium (Schenectady)

Schoellkopf Geological Museum (Niagara Falls)

Science Discovery Center of Oneonta (Oneonta)

Science Museum of Long Island (Manhasset)

Sciencenter (Ithaca)

Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester)

South Street Seaport Museum (New York City)

Staten Island Children's Museum (Staten Island)

Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (Staten Island)

Staten Island Zoo (Staten Island)

Utica Zoo (Utica)

Vanderbilt Museum (Centerport)

Westmoreland Sanctuary (Mount Kisco)

10.45 Pennsylvania

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)

Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh)

Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh)

Discovery Center of Science and Technology (Bethlehem)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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Erie Zoo (Erie)

Franklin Institute Science Museum (Philadelphia)

Museum of Scientific Discovery (Harrisburg)

National Aviary in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)

North Museum of Natural History and Science, Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster)

Philadelphia Zoological Garden (Philadelphia)

Pittsburgh Zoo (Pittsburgh)

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (Strasburg)

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (Philadelphia)

Stroud Water Research Center, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (Avondale)

Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia)

ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park (Hershey)

NEW ENGLAND REGION
10.46 Connecticut

Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport)

Bruce Museum (Greenwich)

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (Storrs)

Dinosaur State Park (Rocky Hill)

Discovery Museum (Bridgeport)

Eli Whitney Museum (Hamden)

Maritime Center at Norwalk (Norwalk)

Mystic Marinelife Aquarium (Mystic)

Nature Center for Environmental Activities (Westport)

Science Center of Connecticut (West Hartford)

Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Stamford)

10.47 Maine

Children's Museum of Maine (Portland)

L. C. Bates Museum (Hinckley)

Maine State Museum (Augusta)

Mount Desert Oceanarium (Southwest Harbor)

Owls Head Transportation Museum (Owls Head)

10.48 Massachusetts

Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries Service (Woods Hole)

Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge)

Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)

Children's Museum (Boston)

Children's Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)

Computer Museum (Boston)

Discovery Museums (Acton)

Harvard Museums of Cultural and Natural History (Cambridge)

Laughing Brook Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary (Hampden)

Museum of Science (Boston)

National Plastics Center and Museum (Leominster)

New England Aquarium (Boston)

New England Science Center (Worcester)

Springfield Science Museum (Springfield)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole)

10.49 New Hampshire

Audubon Society of New Hampshire (Concord)

Children's Museum of Portsmouth (Portsmouth)

Science Center of New Hampshire (Holderness)

Seacoast Science Center (Rye)

SEE Science Center (Manchester)

10.50 Rhode Island

Audubon Society of Rhode Island (Smithfield)

Museum of Natural History (Providence)

Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence)

Slater Mill Historic Site (Pawtucket)

Thames Science Center (Newport)

10.51 Vermont

Discovery Museum (Essex Junction)

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium (St. Johnsbury)

Montshire Museum of Science (Norwich)

CANADA
10.52 Canadian Provinces

Aitken Bicentennial Exhibition Centre (St. John, New Brunswick)

Calgary Science Centre (Calgary, Alberta)

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park (Calgary, Alberta)

Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa, Ontario)

Discovery Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Metropolitan Toronto Zoo (Toronto, Ontario)

National Aviation Museum (Ottawa, Ontario)

National Museum of Science and Technology (Ottawa, Ontario)

Ontario Science Centre (Don Mills, Ontario)

Saskatchewan Science Centre (Regina, Saskatchewan)

Science North (Sudbury, Ontario)

SCIENCE WORLD British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Vancouver Aquarium, Canada's Pacific National Aquarium (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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Select Annotated Listing

ABOUT THE "SELECT ANNOTATED LISTING"

The "Select Annotated Listing" provides annotations for approximately 300 facilities, which appear in boldface type in the "Complete Regional Listing," on pages 310-19. The "Part 4 Overview" lists the criteria used in the selection of these facilities (see p. 307).

The "Select Annotated Listing" is arranged the same way as the "Complete Regional Listing”—

• in nine regions (see the map on page 312),

• by states arranged alphabetically within regions, and

• by facilities arranged alphabetically within the states where they are located.

The series of entry numbers in the "Complete Regional Listing" continues without interruption into the "Select Annotated Listing," where each institution has its own entry number. Following is a list of the nine regions, their states, and the range of entry numbers for the facilities in each state.

Pacific Region

Alaska (10.53-10.54)

California (10.55-10.85)

Hawaii (10.86-10.88)

Oregon (10.89-10.93)

Washington (10.94-10.100)

South Central Region

Arkansas (10.146)

Louisiana (10.147-10.152)

Oklahoma (10.153-10.155)

Texas (10.156-10.169)

Middle Atlantic Region

District of Columbia (10.270-10.273)

Maryland (10.274-10.280)

New Jersey (10.281-10.286)

New York (10.287-10.310)

Pennsylvania (10.311-10.321)

Mountain Region

Arizona (10.101-10.108)

Colorado (10.109-10.114)

Idaho (10.115-10.116)

Montana (10.117)

Nevada (10.118)

New Mexico (10.119-10.121)

Utah (10.122-10.124)

Great Lakes Region

Illinois (10.170-10.182)

Indiana (10.183-10.185)

Michigan (10.186-10.195)

Ohio (10.196-10.207)

Wisconsin (10.208-10.209)

New England Region

Connecticut (10.322-10.325)

Maine (10.326-10.328)

Massachusetts (10.329-10.335)

New Hampshire (10.336-10.337)

Rhode Island (10.338-10.341)

Vermont (10.342-10.344)

Great Plains/Midwest Region

Iowa (10.125)

Kansas (10.126-10.128)

Minnesota (10.129-10.133)

Missouri (10.134-10.139)

Nebraska (10.140-10.142)

North Dakota (10.143-10.144)

South Dakota (10.145)

Southeast Region

Alabama (10.210-10.216)

Florida (10.217-10.230)

Georgia (10.231-10.236)

Kentucky (10.237-10.239)

Mississippi (10.240-10.242)

North Carolina (10.243-10.255)

South Carolina (10.256-10.259)

Tennessee (10.260-10.263)

Virginia (10.264-10.269)

Canada

Canadian Provinces (10.345-10.351)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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PACIFIC REGION
Alaska
10.53
The Imaginarium: A Science Discovery Center
,

737 W. Fifth Ave., Suite 140,

Anchorage, AK 99501

(907) 276-3179

Regional discovery center with a planetarium and a marine-life touch tank; focused on life, earth, and physical sciences, with special emphasis on the animals and ecology of Alaska. Programs for students: At the Imaginarium: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: statewide outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Curriculum materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.54
Pratt Museum
,

3779 Bartlett St.,

Homer, AK 99603

(907) 235-8635

http://www.alaska.net/˜pratt

Natural history museum with a botanical garden, forest ecology trail, marine aquarium, and reference library; focused on regional natural and cultural history and on marine biology, with emphasis on conservation. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs that include visiting scientists, scholars, and Native tradition bearers; traveling exhibits. Materials: Lending kits for grades K-8; audiovisual materials; interactive murals available for loan (topics include biodiversity, oil spill prevention, and shorebirds). Education and support for teachers: In-service education on natural history and hands-on learning.

California
10.55
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
,

3720 Stephen White Dr.,

San Pedro, CA 90731

(310) 548-7562

Combined museum and aquarium, housing 35 aquariums and exhibits, located on the shore adjacent to sandy beaches, salt marsh, and rocky shore habitats; focused on the marine life of southern California. Programs for students: At the aquarium: wet lab/field workshops; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; whale-watching boat trips. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: Inservice workshops on marine and environmental topics and on hands-on learning; resource library.

10.56
California Academy of Sciences
,

Golden Gate Park,

San Francisco, CA 94118-4599

(415) 221-5100

Research-based institution that includes a natural history museum, aquarium, and planetarium; focused on life sciences, natural history and evolution, astronomy, physics, and chemistry. Programs for students: At the academy: planetarium programs; guided tours; field trips; hands-on exhibits; after-school and Saturday classes. At schools: outreach vans. Materials: Activity books; kits with curriculum guides and audiocassettes; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: Inservice education on science content and hands-on learning; library resource center; newsletter.

10.57
California Museum of Science and Industry
,

700 State Dr.,

Los Angeles, CA 90037

(213) 744-7444

Extensive science and technology museum, with an IMAX theater; focused on physical sciences, human biology and health, aerospace, technology, the environment, and the relationship of science to the arts and humanities. Programs for students: At the museum: participatory exhibits; guided tours; science literature and theater presentations; demonstrations; science workshops. At schools: outreach programs, including science theater and science clubs. Materials: Teacher's guides; Science Explorers activity sheets; posters. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; leadership conferences.

10.58
Carter House Natural Science Museum
,

48 Quartz Hill Rd.,

Redding, CA 96003

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 990185, Redding, CA 96099)

(916) 243-5457

Science museum and nature center focused on local ecosystems. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; outdoor laboratory classes; teen volunteer/naturalist program; field trips; museum-based charter school in the natural sciences. At schools:

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; hands-on curriculum materials featuring local plants, animals, and habitats; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; classes; newsletter.

10.59
Chabot Observatory and Science Center
,

4917 Mountain Blvd.,

Oakland, CA 94619-3014

(510) 530-3480

A 113-year-old observatory, a science center with a theater and a planetarium, and an outdoor environmental facility; emphasis on astronomy and earth, life, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the observatory and science center: workshops on the observatory and the telescopes; planetarium shows; hands-on exhibits. At schools: portable planetarium; traveling exhibits; environmental education programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; on-line information and resources (e-mail: chabot@astro.berkeley.edu); newsletter.

10.60
Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education
,

1651 Coyote Point Dr.,

San Mateo, CA 94401

(415) 342-7755

Nature center with an environmental hall, wildlife habitats, and a curriculum library; emphasis on life sciences and the environment. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; guided tours; field studies. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum units and supplemental activities, developed upon request; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.61
Discovery Museum Learning Center
,

3615 Auburn Blvd.,

Sacramento, CA 95628

(916) 277-6181

Science center with a discovery trail and a planetarium; focused on astronomy, botany, earth sciences, life science and the human body, matter and energy, and robotics. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; docent-led tours; planetarium shows; programs with live animals. At schools: outreach programs, including assembly programs and traveling Star Dome. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning, including workshops on several national curriculum projects.

10.62
The Exploratorium
,

3601 Lyon St.,

San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 563-7337

http://www.exploratorium.edu

One of the world's major hands-on museums, with a center for teaching and learning; focused on science, art, and human perception. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; 650 interactive exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum materials; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: At the center: summer institute (has more than 2,000 graduates) for teachers of grades K-12, concentrating on science content, hands-on learning, and innovative approaches to teaching discovery-based science; quarterly magazine Exploring.

10.63
Explorit! Science Center
,

3141 5th St.,

Davis, CA 95616

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1288, Davis, CA 95617-1288)

(916) 756-0191

http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/go/explorit

Science center focused on integrated, interactive science experiences. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; classes; guided/self-guided tours; Saturday lectures; demonstrations; field trips; special-interest clubs. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; resource packets; audiovisual materials; loans of science equipment and specimens; posters. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; lectures; newsletter.

10.64
Lawrence Hall of Science
,

University of California,

Centennial Drive,

Berkeley, CA 94720

(510) 642-5133

Science museum and leading center for research and curriculum development in science and mathematics education; develops and disseminates model programs; facilities include a participatory planetarium and discovery-oriented physics, biology, and computer labs. Programs for students: At Lawrence Hall: classes; hands-on

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Activity books; curriculum units; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalogs of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning for more than 30 programs; extensive library of science education and curriculum materials; newsletter.

10.65
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
,

Visitors Center,

7000 East Ave.,

Livermore, CA 94550

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 808, L-793, Livermore, CA 94550)

(510) 424-0576

National laboratory with an active educational program for grades K-12, focused on physics. Programs for students: At schools: science and technology presentations with about 20 scientific demonstrations, including light and laser experiments, by Science Presentation Volunteers. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teaches: In-service education on science content.

10.66
The Living Desert
,

47-900 Portola Ave.,

Palm Desert, CA 92260

(619) 346-5694

Botanical garden and wildlife park, including 200 acres of gardens and live-animal exhibits representing various desert ecosystems of the world; 1,000 acres of wilderness preserve and hiking trails; and a discovery room. Programs for students: At the park: guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops.

10.67
Los Angeles Zoo
,

5333 Zoo Dr.,

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(213) 666-4650

http://www.lazoo.org

Zoo, with educational programs that emphasize an understanding of and appreciation for wildlife and conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: workshops; interactive exhibits; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum materials and activities for school classes; lending boxes of hands-on materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on science content and hands-on learning, for the classroom and for zoo visits.

10.68
Monterey Bay Aquarium
,

886 Cannery Row,

Monterey, CA 93940-1085

(408) 648-4850

http://www.mbayaq.org

Regional aquarium and marine research and conservation institution, with hands-on discovery labs and a touch pool; focused on marine biology, ecology, geology, meteorology, oceanography of central California, and on the methods and processes of science. Programs for students: At the aquarium: guided/self-guided tours; hands-on discovery labs. In the community: community conservation partnerships; student oceanography club. Materials: Pre-/postvisit activities and information; videotapes; regional natural history book; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops, symposia, and institutes for central California educators on science content and hands-on learning, including field, exhibit, lab, and classroom experiences.

10.69
Museum of Paleontology, University of California
,

1101 Valley Life Sciences Bldg.,

Berkeley, CA 94720

(Mailing address: Museum of Paleontology, Valley Life Sciences Bldg., University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-4780)

(510) 642-1821

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu

Research-based paleontology museum housing one of the largest collections of fossils in North America, as well as collections of modern vertebrate skeletal elements and invertebrates; focused on fossils, evolution, biogeography, and how paleontology serves society. Programs for students: At the museum: young people's lecture series; community fossil dig; guided tours. Materials: World Wide Web site providing virtual museum, with information about the museum, collections, catalogs, and exhibits. Education and support for teachers: In-service courses and workshops on science content; lecture series; newsletter.

10.70
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
,

900 Exposition Blvd.,

Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 744-3466

http://www.lam.mus.ca.us/lacmnh

Museum comprising the original museum on Exposition Boulevard, Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, Petersen Automotive Museum, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall, Calif.; facilities include hands-on discovery centers and an insect zoo; emphasis on earth and life sciences, history, and anthropology. Programs for students: At the museums: classes; workshops; field trips; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum materials; lending boxes with science specimens; teacher's guides; computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: Courses in natural history; lectures; library.

10.71
The Oakland Museum of California
,

1000 Oak St.,

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 238-3818

http://www.museumca.org

Museum featuring California art and focusing on the state's history and ecology, with emphasis on the natural sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; curriculum packets; teacher's guides; catalog of materials.

10.72
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
,

1500 N. College Ave.,

Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 625-8767

http://www.cgs.edu/inst/rsa

Botanic garden, affiliated with the Claremont Colleges, featuring an 86-acre display of California native plants; focused on research and education in botany and on conservation and cultivation of native plants. Programs for students: At the garden: hands-on learning centers; guided tours; field studies. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Loans of hands-on materials and live specimens; pre-/postvisit teacher's packets; curriculum and audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops to review national and California curricula in biological and environmental sciences.

10.73
Randall Museum
,

199 Museum Way,

San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 554-9600

Children's museum on 16 acres, with live animals, a petting corral, and a hiking trail; emphasis on physical, life, earth, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; classes for school groups; guided tours. Materials: Curriculum materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning, including national curriculum projects; newsletter.

10.74
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center
,

1875 El Prado,

Balboa Park,

San Diego, CA 92101

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 33303, San Diego, CA 92163)

(619) 238-1233

http://www.rhfleet.org

Science center, with a planetarium, Omnimax theater, and Challenger Learning Center, focused on physical and space sciences and astronomy. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; self-guided tours; presentations; after-school and summer classes. At the Challenger Center: programs and simulated space missions for classes; behind-the-scenes tours at Palomar Observatory; lectures; sky shows. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher materials and resource guides with many student activities. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.75
Sacramento Zoo
,

3930 W. Land Park,

Sacramento, CA 95822-1123

(916) 264-5889

Zoo on 15 acres with a botanical garden, focused on wildlife conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs with live animals; slide shows. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; biological artifacts for loan; audiovisual materials; fact sheets. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; reference library.

10.76
San Diego Aerospace Museum
,

2001 Pan American Plaza,

Balboa Park,

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 234-8291

http://www.aerospacemuseum.org

Aviation and space museum, emphasizing the technology of aviation and space flight and the historical and cultural impact of the aerospace experience. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; field studies. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.77
San Diego Natural History Museum
,

1788 El Prado,

Balboa Park,

San Diego, CA 92101

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1390, San Diego, CA 92112)

(619) 232-3821

Regional research and educational museum, with desert and earth science discovery labs, and (under development) an Environmental Science Education Center; focused on life and earth sciences and the environment, but also emphasizing interdisciplinary fields that combine science with society and the arts and humanities. Programs for students: At the museum: ecology field walks; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; junior docent and internship program. At schools: outreach presentations. Materials: Specimens and videos for loan; curriculum materials (in English and Spanish) to accompany museum visits; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service education including workshops, classes, field trips, and expeditions; resource lending library.

10.78
San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park
,

2920 Zoo Dr.,

San Diego, CA 92103

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551)

(619) 231-1515

http://www.sandiegozoo.org

World-renowned zoo on 100 acres and wild animal park on 1,800 acres, operated by Zoological Society of San Diego. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Interdisciplinary curriculum packets on various topics (e.g., rainforests, panda habitats); lending boxes of hands-on materials; pre-/postvisit materials; fact sheets. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.79
San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Center
,

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,

2100 Bridgeway,

Sausalito, CA 94965

(415) 332-3871

Visitor center featuring a 1 1/2-acre working tidal hydraulic model built in 1956 to study the effects of water projects on the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuarine systems; emphasis on oceanography, ecology, and environmental issues. Programs for students: At the visitor center: hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours; classes. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; environmental education resource library; audiovisual library; workshops.

10.80
San Francisco Zoological Gardens
,

Sloat Boulevard at the Pacific Ocean,

San Francisco, CA 94132

(Mailing address: One Zoo R., San Francisco, CA 94312-1098)

(415) 753-7073

Zoo, with nature trail, emphasizing conservation biology and ecology. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; lectures; guided tours. At schools: ZooMobile outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; speakers bureau.

10.81
Santa Ana Zoo
,

1801 E. Chestnut Ave.,

Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 836-4000

http://www.santaanazoo.org

Zoo, featuring South American wildlife and an extensive primate collection, focused on conservation education. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes and programs; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: zoomobile outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; loan of nonliving artifacts. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.82
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
,

2559 Puesta del Sol Rd.,

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-4711

Natural history museum, including a planetarium, with a satellite marine museum (The Sea Center) on Stearns Wharf featuring a touch tank; emphasis on natural history and marine science. Programs for students: At the museums: presentations and guided programs for school groups; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Curriculum units; natural objects and kits for loan; catalog of materials.

10.83
Sea World of California
,

1720 S. Shores Rd.,

San Diego, CA 92109-7995

(619) 226-3834;

(800) 23-SHAMU for marine life information

http://www.bev.net/education/SeaWorld

Aquarium, oceanarium, and marine museum; focused on marine science, with emphasis on ecology and conservation. Programs for students: At Sea World: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools throughout the

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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western United States: assembly programs; live, interactive television programs via satellite, cable, and Public Broadcasting System. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning, including courses for college credit.

10.84
Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum
,

Scripps Institution of Oceanography,

2300 Expedition Way,

La Jolla, CA 92037

(Mailing address: UCSD-0207, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0207)

(619) 534-FISH

http://aqua.ucsd.edu

Aquarium and museum of ocean science serving as the public education center for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego; focused on the oceans and global science. Programs for students: At the aquarium-museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field activities. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; curriculum materials; discovery kits; audiovisual and computer-based materials; ocean science journal. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; summer institute on ocean science techniques, global change, and field methods; magazine, Explorations.

10.85
The Tech Museum of Innovation
,

145 W. San Carlos St.,

San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 279-7182

http://www.thetech.org

Interactive museum and learning center, with emphasis on learning about science and technology through active involvement. Programs for students: At the museum: classes and programs (grades 4-6); hands-on exhibits; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs (limited); traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

Hawaii
10.86
Bishop Museum
,

1525 Bernice St.,

Honolulu, HI 96817

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 19000-A, Honolulu, HI 96817-0916)

(808) 847-3511

Cultural and natural history museum, with a planetarium and an observatory; emphasizes zoology, botany, and archaeology. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content.

10.87
Sea Life Park Hawaii
,

Makapuu Point,

Waimanalo, HI 96795

(Mailing address: 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy., Suite 7, Waimanalo, HI 96795)

(808) 259-7933

Oceanarium with an education center, on the island of Oahu, focused on marine science and marine conservation. Programs for students: At the oceanarium: programs; hands-on exhibits; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; teacher resource library.

10.88
Waikiki Aquarium
,

2777 Kalakaua Ave.,

Honolulu, HI 96815

(808) 923-9741

Research-based marine aquarium of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, emphasizing ecology, habitats, adaptations for survival, and conservation of Hawaiian and Pacific marine life. Programs for students: At the aquarium: guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At outer district schools: outreach programs (grades 3-6). Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual and pre-/postvisit materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Oregon
10.89
The High Desert Museum
,

59800 S. Hwy. 97,

Bend, OR 97702-7963

(541) 382-4754

http://www.highdesert.org

Regional, participation-oriented, "living" museum focused on the natural history of the arid Intermountain West. Programs for students: At the museum: field trip programs; hands-on exhibits; self-guided tours; junior volunteer program. At schools within 150-mile radius of the museum: outreach programs. Materials: Science resource kits for rural outreach. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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content and hands-on learning in life and earth sciences; newsletter.

10.90
Metro Washington Park Zoo
,

4001 S.W. Canyon Rd.,

Portland, OR 97221

(503) 226-1561

Regional zoo with special emphasis on endangered-wildlife issues at the local, regional, and international levels. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours; youth volunteer program. At schools: zoomobile with outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; field guides for nature trail; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit and audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.91
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
,

1945 S.E. Water Ave.,

Portland, OR 97214-3354

(503) 797-4000

http://www.omsi.edu

Science and technology museum, with a planetarium, Omnimax theater, botanical garden, environmental center, and education resource center. Programs for students: At the museum: many hands-on classes and exhibits; week-long day camps at sites from beach to desert; guided tours; field trips. At schools in Oregon, Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington: outreach assemblies and classroom programs with hands-on activities; interactive demonstrations (some with live animals); portable planetarium. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and courses on science content and hands-on learning, both at the museum and at schools anywhere in the Pacific Northwest; newsletter.

10.92
Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History
,

1500 E. Main St.,

Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 488-1084

http://www.projecta.com/nwmuseum

Natural history museum, with a discovery center and realistic, multisensory exhibits reflecting 6 ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest; focused on the physical, life, earth, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits (many with computer interactions); classes; self-guided tours; presentations with live animals. Materials: Hands-on activity books; supplemental materials; magazine for students. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.93
World Forestry Center
,

4033 S.W. Canyon Rd.,

Portland, OR 97221

(503) 228-1367

Forestry center with a museum, an information institute, and a 70-acre working tree farm and outdoor education site in Wilsonville, Oreg.; focused on the study and conservation of global forests and forest resources. Programs for students: At the museum and tree farm: guided tours; learning lab presentations. At the museum: hands-on activity stations. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity kits; curriculum units with hands-on materials and teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: International information network on forest resources; newsletter.

Washington
10.94
The Burke Museum
,

University of Washington,

45th Street and 17th Avenue, N.E.,

Seattle, WA 98195

(Mailing address: Box 353010, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3010)

(206) 543-5591

http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum

University-based natural history and anthropology museum, focusing on biology, marine biology, geology, paleontology, and cultural anthropology. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours. Materials: Lending kits of museum specimens; previsit materials; annual guide to educational resources. Education and support for teachers: Workshops and classes; newsletter.

10.95
Marine Science Society of the Pacific Northwest
,

Marine Science Center,

18743 Front St., N.E.,

Poulsbo, WA 98370

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 2079, Poulsbo, WA 98370-0942)

(206) 779-5549

Small marine facility on the shore of Puget Sound, focusing on the marine environment. Programs for students: At the facility: hands-on instruction; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs (including field studies). Materials: Hands-on activity books; science kits of hands-on materials and live animals for loan; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.96
Museum of Flight
,

9404 E. Marginal Way S.,

Seattle, WA 98108

(206) 764-5720

Aeronautics and science museum with a Challenger Learning Center and resource centers for teachers; emphasis on physical sciences, earth and space sciences, and the history of aviation and space technology. Programs for students: At the museum: guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; programs for school groups. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials; Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; computer-based materials; posters; glider designs. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; Challenger workshops; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Education Resource Center; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Teacher Resource Center; newsletter.

10.97
North Cascades Institute
,

2105 State Rte. 20,

Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

(360) 856-5700, ext. 209

http://www.ncascades.org/nci

Institute focusing on field-based, experiential, environmental education in the North Cascades ecosystem, including North Cascades National Park, Puget Sound, and the Columbia River Basin. Programs for students: In North Cascades National Park: 3-day mountain school (grades 4-8, with teachers and parents). At schools: outreach programs (field and classroom) on watershed education. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum and resource materials; catalog of field seminars; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and field seminars focused on watersheds, natural history, and experiential teaching.

10.98
Pacific Science Center
,

200 Second Ave., N.,

Seattle, WA 98109-4895

(206) 443-2001

Science and technology center with an IMAX theater, a planetarium, and an extensive science education program. Programs for students: At the center: more than 200 hands-on exhibits; classes; demonstrations; laser light shows; peer-teaching workshops; field-study programs at summer camps. At schools in a majority of school districts in Washington State: 7 traveling vans bringing interactive assemblies, hands-on classes, and hands-on exhibits. Materials: Materials and, where appropriate, lesson plans for Science Center education programs; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: Hands-on workshops for teams (a teacher and 5 students); teacher institutes on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.99
The Seattle Aquarium
,

Pier 59, Waterfront Park,

Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 386-4300

http://www.seattleaquarium.org

Regionally focused marine science institution, with a discovery lab and tide pool; provides outdoor environmental education programs for both students and teachers. Programs for students: At the aquarium: hands-on exhibits; self-guided tours; field studies; hands-on classes, with live animals. At schools: interactive programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit and audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.100
Woodland Park Zoological Gardens
,

5500 Phinney Ave. N.,

Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 684-4800

Zoo featuring naturalistic exhibits and an education center with a discovery room; focus includes major ecosystems of the world and wildlife conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: hands-on exhibits; programs for school groups; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum packets; loan kits; slide programs; videos; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops, lectures, and classes on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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MOUNTAIN REGION
Arizona
10.101
Arizona Science Center
,

600 E. Washington St.,

Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 716-2000

Science and technology center, with demonstration areas, a planetarium, theater, and labs; focused on energy, light, life science, physics, weather, geology, aerospace, technology, and psychology. Programs for students: At the center: classes; interactive exhibits; self-guided tours; planetarium shows. At schools: outreach programs, including family telescope nights. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; network resources link. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.102
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
,

2021 N. Kinney Rd.,

Tucson, AZ 85743-8918

(520) 883-1380

Natural history museum focusing on the ecology of the Sonoran Desert region; most exhibits outdoors, consisting of living representations of plant and animal communities; educational programs emphasize conservation. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; self-guided tours; summer classes; internships. At schools: junior naturalist and junior docent outreach programs. Materials: Kits on ecological subjects for loan; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on desert ecology; field trips; hikes.

10.103
Desert Botanical Garden
,

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.,

Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 941-1225

Botanical garden and research facility, with plants representing more than 4,000 species; focused on arid-land plants of the world, with special emphasis on succulents and native plants of the southwestern United States. Programs for students: At the garden: guided/self-guided tours with hands-on demonstrations; interactive investigation stations; field studies. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides and information packets; resource notebook; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; field-test site for curriculum materials.

10.104
Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium
,

University of Arizona,

Tucson, AZ 85721

(520) 621-4515

http://www.seds.org/flandrau

University-based science center, with a domed theater and interactive exhibit halls; focused on astronomy, physics, and computers. Programs for students: At the center: planetarium programs; self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; demonstrations; field studies. At schools: outreach programs (limited). Materials: Curriculum materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Regional Teacher Resource Center.

10.105
Kitt Peak Museum
,

Kitt Peak National Observatory,

State Rte. 86/Rte. 386,

Tucson, AZ 85726

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726-6732)

(602) 322-3426

Education-oriented, astronomy-based museum, focused on astronomical research and the activities of Kitt Peak National Observatory; exhibits also emphasize aspects of the Native American culture and natural history of the surrounding desert. Programs for students: At the museum: guided tours and "star-party" activities featuring a hands-on approach to telescopes and sky-object identification. At schools: audiovisual and lecture-format outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content.

10.106
Lowell Observatory
,

1400 W. Mars Hill Rd.,

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

(520) 774-2096

http://www.lowell.edu

Research observatory, with a Visitor Center featuring many instruments modified for interactive display; emphasis on astronomy and physical and earth sciences. Programs for students: At the observatory: interactive displays; programs and workshops on various astronomical topics; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Workshop materials; fact sheets; audiovisual and computer-based

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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materials. Education and support for teachers: Visitor Center (including 24-inch Clark telescope and 16-inch reflector) that can be reserved for teacher workshops.

10.107
Phoenix Zoo
,

455 N. Galvin Pkwy.,

Phoenix, AZ 85008-3431

(602) 273-1341

http://aztec.asu.edu/phxzoo

Zoo, with educational programs that emphasize wildlife and conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs, with live animals. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; curriculum materials: teacher-orientation packet; fact sheets. Education and support for teachers: Workshops; letter-answering service; newsletter.

10.108
Pima Air and Space Museum
,

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,

Tucson, AZ 85706

(520) 574-0462

Aeronautics and space museum featuring 220 aircraft and aviation-related artifacts; emphasis on physical science, earth and space sciences, and technology. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; catalog of exhibits; informational pamphlets; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Special tours; information hotline; newsletter.

Colorado
10.109
The Children's Museum of Denver
,

2121 Children's Museum Dr.,

Denver, CO 80211

(303) 433-7444

http://www.artstozoo.org/cmd

Children's museum, with hands-on experiences in ScienceLAB (biological and physical sciences), EarthLAB (weather and earth science), and CompuLAB (computers and communications). Programs for students: At the museum: experiences in the hands-on labs and other programs for classes, including Discovery Digs (fossils) and StarLAB demonstrations. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.110
Colordo School of Mines Geology Museum
,

16th and Maple,

Golden, CO 80401

(Mailing address: 1500 Illinois, Golden, CO 80401-1887)

(303) 273-3815

Small, university museum in the geosciences, with considerable collections of minerals, rocks, fossils, gems, and mining artifacts. Programs for students: At the museum: guided/self-guided tours (including local geology); hands-on exhibits. Materials: Teaching trunks and fossil kits of hands-on materials for loan; excess mineral and fossil material (not in the collection) available upon request.

10.111
Denver Museum of Natural History
,

2001 Colorado Blvd., in City Park,

Denver, CO 80205

(303) 370-6387

Museum with an IMAX theater and a planetarium, focused on earth, life, environmental, anthropological, and health sciences and planetarium studies. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.112
Denver Zoological Gardens
,

City Park, 2300 Steele St.,

Denver, CO 80205

(303) 331-4100

http://www.denverzoo.org

Zoo with several naturalistic displays, including Bird World, Northern Shores (the Arctic), Tropical Discovery, and Primate Panorama. Programs for students: At the zoo: topical guided tours; self-guided tours. At schools: outreach van with school programs on reptiles (grades 5-7); speakers bureau. Materials: Previsit teacher packets for trips to zoo and outreach programs; lending boxes of hands-on materials (Suitcase for Survival program). Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops; newsletter.

10.113
National Center for Atmospheric Research
,

1850 Table Mesa Dr.,

Boulder, CO

80303

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000)

(303) 497-1000 http://www.ucar.edu

Research-based center focused on atmospheric sciences. Programs for students: At the center:

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Project LEARN teaching modules on atmospheric dynamics, ozone, and cycles on earth and in the atmosphere; Digital Media Catalog of visual images on World Wide Web. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; teacher resource area; newsletter.

10.114
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
,

1617 Cole Blvd.,

Golden, CO 80401-3393

(303) 275-3044

Science center located at the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratory for research and development in renewable energy and energy efficiency; emphasis on physical sciences, mathematics, and technology. Programs for students: At the center: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; information hotline; resource center.

Idaho
10.115
The Discovery Center of Idaho
,

131 Myrtle St.,

Boise, ID 83702

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 192, Boise, ID 83701)

(208) 343-9895

Participatory science museum, with more than 150 hands-on exhibits. Programs for students: At the center: grade-specific demonstrations; classes; hands-on exhibits. At schools: portable planetarium shows. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum materials; audiovisual and computer-based materials; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; extensive training program in astronomy; teacher resource center and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) materials viewing center; newsletter.

10.116
Idaho Museum of Natural History
,

Fifth and Dillon,

Pocatello, ID 83209

(Mailing address: Idaho State University, P.O. Box 8096, Pocatello, ID 83209-8096) (208) 236-2195 http://www.isu.edu/departments/museum

Natural history museum of Idaho State University; focused on several physical and biological sciences in addition to natural history fields (paleontology, geology, botany, archaeology, and ethnography). Programs for students: At the museum: classes; hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs on fossils, geologic time, dinosaurs, and endangered animals. Materials: Teacher's guides; discovery boxes and other educational resources for loan; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of resource materials. Education and support for teachers: Newsletter.

Montana
10.117
Museum of the Rockies
,

600 W. Kagy Blvd.,

Bozeman, MT 59717

(406) 994-5283

Museum at Montana State University, focused on the natural and cultural history of the Northern Rocky Mountain region; emphasizes archaeology, geology, ethnology, paleontology, and astronomy. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; field studies. At schools: outreach programs, including a portable planetarium and traveling trunks; Science-by-Mail (national student/scientist pen pal program for grades 4-9). Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum materials; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

Nevada
10.118
Lied Discovery Children's Museum
,

833 Las Vegas Blvd., N.,

Las Vegas, NV 89101

(702) 382-3445

Children's museum, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits and an in-house radio station. Programs for students: At the museum: educational programs; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Packets, provided before guided tours; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

New Mexico
10.119
Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque
,

1701 Mountain Road N.W.,

Albuquerque, NM 87104

(505) 224-8300; groups visits can be arranged at (505) 224-8341.

Science and technology center focused on physical science concepts (including air pressure, fluids, sound, motion, light, and electricity)

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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and health. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; demonstrations; classes. At schools: outreach program combining science and art; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides; previsit materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops; newsletter.

10.120
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
,

1801 Mountain Rd., N.W.,

Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375

(505) 841-2800

http://www.nmmnh-abq.mus.nm.us

Natural history museum focusing on earth and life sciences, with special emphasis on strengthening science education in rural schools. Programs for students: At the museum: large-format film theater; self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; summer science camps. At schools: outreach programs; satellite broadcasts on ecology of the Southwest. Materials: Hands-on bilingual activity books; lending boxes of specimens; teacher's guides; lending equipment for student research in ecology. Education and support for teachers: Statewide in-service education programs on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.121
The Space Center
,

Top of New Mexico Highway 2001,

Alamogordo, NM 88310

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 533, Alamogordo, NM 88311)

(505) 437-2840

Space center complex with a 4-story museum, space theater (planetarium and Omnimax), and air and space park. Programs for students: At the center: guided/self-guided tours; numerous classes; planetarium shows. At schools in Arizona, Texas, and Colorado: outreach programs with grade-specific, hands-on learning experiences; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops at schools on science content and hands-on learning, using national curricular materials; resource library.

Utah
10.122
Canyonlands Field Institute
,

1320 S. Hwy. 191,

Moab, UT 84532

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 68, Moab, UT 84532)

(800) 860-5262

Educational institute situated in and using as its classroom the canyons of southeastern Utah (including Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and several Bureau of Land Management Wilderness Study Areas); focused on physical, earth, and life sciences, and on public lands issues; also emphasizes scientific, recreational, and social aspects of the environment. Programs for students: At the institute: multidisciplinary program for school groups. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: River study programs on the Colorado, Green, San Juan, and Dolores rivers. Education and support for teachers: Programs; workshops; graduate residency program.

10.123
Hansen Planetarium
,

15 S. State St.,

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

(801) 531-4940

Planetarium and space science museum, emphasizing astronomy and astrophysics, space science, physics, and chemistry. Programs for students: At the planetarium: planetarium shows; discussions on space topics; science demonstrations; hands-on exhibits; telescope observing sessions. At schools: assemblies; classroom visits; exhibits; portable planetarium. Materials: Lending boxes with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; computer-based materials.

10.124
Utah Museum of Natural History
,

University of Utah,

President's Circle,

200 S. University St.,

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

(Mailing address: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112)

(801) 581-4887

University-based natural history museum focusing on physical, life, and earth sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach classes. Materials: Teaching kits with hands-on materials for loan. Education and support for teachers: In-service classes on science content and hands-on learning; field trips.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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GREAT PLAINS/MIDWEST REGION
Iowa
10.125
Science Center of Iowa
,

4500 Grand Ave.,

Greenwood Park,

Des Moines, IA 50312-2499

(515) 274-6868

http://www.sciowa.org

Science center with a Challenger Learning Center and planetarium, emphasizing the life, physical, and space sciences, astronomy, and mathematics. Programs for students: At the center: classes; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Kansas
10.126
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
,

1100 N. Plum,

Hutchinson, KS 67501-1499

(316) 662-2305

http://www.cosmo.org

Space center, with a planetarium, Omnimax theater, and Hall of Space Museum; focused on physical, earth, and space sciences. Programs for students: At the center: Discovery workshops; classes; hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours; field trips to Johnson Space Center; Future Astronaut Training Program (space science camp for students in grades 7-9). Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: Teachers and Space in-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning, onsite/offsite; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Regional Teacher Resource Center; newsletter.

10.127
KU Natural History Museum
,

University of Kansas,

Dyche Hall,

Lawrence, KS

66045-2454

(913) 864-4540

Research-based natural history museum with collections of more than 5 million specimens; focused on vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, on modern insects, plants, and vertebrates, and on astronomy. Programs for students: At the museum: exhibits; workshops; field trips. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Traveling kits of museum specimens with curriculum materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content.

10.128
Lake Afton Public Observatory
,

25000 W. 39th St. S.,

Wichita, KS 67052

(Mailing address: 1845 Fairmont, Wichita, KS 67260-0032)

(316) 689-3191

Small observatory and astronomy museum affiliated with Wichita State University. Programs for students: At the observatory: programs; hands-on exhibits. At schools: classroom presentations; portable learning centers. Materials: Astronomy activity books; curriculum guidelines; videotape programs; instructional games. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Minnesota
10.129
The Bakken: A Library and Museum of Electricity in Life
,

3537 Zenith Ave. S.,

Minneapolis, MN 55416

(612) 927-6508

http://www.bakkenmuseum.org

Museum and library, with books, instruments, and archival materials focused on the history, cultural context, and applications of electricity and magnetism in medicine and the life sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on workshops; guided tours. Materials: Hands-on activity books; audiovisual materials; kits; teacher's guide. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning, including courses for college credit; summer institutes; newsletter.

10.130
James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History
,

University of Minnesota,

10 Church St., S.E.,

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0140

(612) 624-7083

http://www.umn.edu/bellmuse

University museum of natural history serving as a regional center for the JASON Project and Bell LIVE!, with a Touch and See Room; focused on life sciences, life history, and the environment. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits (especially in Touch and See Room); classes; guided tours; field trips. At schools: outreach programs (by special arrangement). Materials: Hands-on activity books; Bell LIVE! curriculum; Bell Museum Learning Kits with hands-on specimens and activity guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; wildlife information service; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.131
Headwaters Science Center
,

413 Beltrami,

Bemidji, MN 56601

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1176, Bemidji, MN 56601)

(218) 751-1110

Science and environmental learning center; emphasis on the physical, life, earth, space, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: programs; hands-on exhibits; guided tours; nature field trips. At schools: outreach programs, including a portable planetarium. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum units with hands-on materials; supplemental activities; audiovisual and computer-based materials; magazines for students; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content; workshops on hands-on learning; teacher resource room.

10.132
Minnesota Zoological Garden
,

13000 Zoo Blvd.,

Apple Valley, MN 55124

(612) 432-9000

http://www.wcco.com/community/mnzoo

State zoological garden (480 acres, more than 2,000 animals), with trails exhibiting animals in natural settings, and Zoolab; focused on wildlife, environmental issues, and conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: wildlife quest classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: zoomobile with programs; speakers bureau; theater-in-the-wild performances. Materials: Curriculum units; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.133
Science Museum of Minnesota
,

30 E. 10th St.,

St. Paul, MN 55101

(612) 221-9488

http://www.sci.mus.mn.us

Renowned science museum with a nature center and an Omnitheater; emphasizes a broad range of sciences with varied object- and activity-centered programs. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; classes; demonstrations; field trips. At schools: assembly programs; week-long resident programs. Materials: Exhibit guides; lending trunks of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; teacher conferences, field trips, and institutes; on-line newsletter.

Missouri
10.134
Kansas City Museum
,

3218 Gladstone Blvd.,

Kansas City, MO 64123-1199

(816) 483-8300

http://www.kcmuseum.com

Museum of history, science, technology, and natural history, with a planetarium and a Challenger Learning Center; emphasis on space science, weather, astronomy, nineteenth-century regional history, and multicultural folklore. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; hands-on exhibits; self-guided tours; space flight simulations; planetarium shows. At schools: outreach programs, including a portable planetarium; participatory theater; Science-in-a-Sack; classroom workshops. Materials: Teacher packet and student activity sheet. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.135
Kansas City Zoological Gardens
,

6700 Zoo Dr.,

Kansas City, MO 64132

(816) 871-5700

http://www.kansascity.com/zoo

Zoo, including natural areas representing Australian and African habitats and farm habitats; emphasis on wildlife conservation and environmental education. Programs for students: At the zoo: hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours; theater programs (seasonal). At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; lectures; newsletter.

10.136
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
,

516 S. Kirkwood Rd.,

St. Louis, MO 63122

(314) 822-8900

Children's museum devoted to providing hands-on learning experiences; emphasis in exhibits and outreach programs on water, magnets, air, simple machines, and much more. Programs for students: At the museum: guided/self-guided tours; more than 50 curriculum-related hands-on exhibits; Piaget-based Expericenter (hands-on learning laboratory). At schools: assembly and hands-on learning programs. Materials: Activity books; child-oriented guide to each exhibit.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.137
Missouri Botanical Garden
,

4344 Shaw Ave.,

St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 577-5140

http://www.mobat.org

Renowned botanical garden, with numerous specialized gardens and greenhouses; additional sites include 2,400-acre Shaw Arboretum, a nature preserve at Gray Summit, and Litzsinger Road Ecology Center in Ladue, Mo. Programs for students: At the garden, arboretum, and ecology center: classes; field studies. At the garden and arboretum: guided/self-guided tours; interpretive exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; Suitcase Science Kits (contain information and supplies needed to teach a full unit on physical or life science) for loan locally; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning, including summer workshops and travel-study programs; teacher resource center.

10.138
St. Louis Science Center
,

5050 Oakland Ave.,

St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 289-4444

http://www.slsc.org

Science center, including a planetarium, Omnimax theater, and a discovery room, and featuring more than 600 hands-on exhibits on technology, human society, ecology and the environment, and space science. Programs for students: At the museum: interactive demonstrations (grades 3-8); hands-on rooms; planetarium and laser light shows. At schools: Outreach Van, with demonstrations, dynamic activities; portable planetarium programs; science festivals. Materials: Teacher's guides; extensive pre-/postvisit materials; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on hands-on learning; previsit briefings; newsletter.

10.139
St. Louis Zoological Park
,

Forest Park,

St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 768-5466

Zoo with more than 4,300 animals, and featuring a Classroom of the Future. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes with live-animal demonstrations; docent-led tours; hands-on exhibits; self-guided scavenger hunts. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials (Zoocase Science Kits); 6-week science curriculum units; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; library and teacher resource center; newsletter.

Nebraska
10.140
Hastings Museum
,

1330 N. Burlington,

Hastings, NE 68901

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1286, Hastings, NE 68902-1286)

(402) 461-4629

General and natural history museum, with a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and a Discovery Center; focused on astronomy, biology, zoology, geology, paleontology, archaeology, and space science. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; presentations for school groups; planetarium shows; IMAX films; orientation and self-guided tours. Materials: Information packets including suggested activities; teacher's manuals for films. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning; film previews.

10.141
Henry Doorly Zoo
,

3701 S. 10th St.,

Omaha, NE 68107-2200

(402) 733-8401

Zoological park featuring more than 2,000 animals, with emphasis on wildlife conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours; classroom programs. At schools: zoomobile visits; speakers bureau. Materials: Teacher's guides; activity guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content; newsletter.

10.142
University of Nebraska State Museum
,

307 Morrill Hall, 14th and U Sts.,

Lincoln, NE 68588-0338

(402) 472-2637

http://www.museum.unl.edu

Natural science museum, with a planetarium and a discovery room; emphasizes life science, earth science and paleontology, and space science. Programs for students: At the museum: Encounter Center (discovery) programs; planetarium and laser light shows; guided tours; hands-on gallery programs; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; lesson plans; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and programs on science content and hands-on learning; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Teacher Resource Center; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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North Dakota
10.143
Gateway to Science Center
,

2700 State St.,

Gateway Mall,

Bismarck, ND 58501

(701) 258-1975

Science center focused on the physical, life, earth, and atmospheric sciences and engineering. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours. Materials: Activity questionnaires; instructional materials; posters; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.144
Roosevelt Park Zoo
,

1219 Burdick Expressway, E.,

Minot, ND 58701

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 538, Minot, ND 58702)

(701) 857-4166

Zoo and regional center for wildlife education, featuring approximately 200 mammals, birds, and reptiles, with a children's zoo and a zoo education center. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; guided tours. At the center: exhibit area for hands-on, interactive activities. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Reference center (at the zoo education center) with wildlife books and magazines.

South Dakota
10.145
South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium
,

805 W. Sioux Ave.,

Pierre, SD 57501

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1054, Pierre, SD 57501)

(605) 224-8295

Discovery center and aquarium, with a planetarium, and Discovery Island (150 meters away in the Missouri River). Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; planetarium shows; laboratory activities; guided tours. On Discovery Island: wetlands ecology field site. At schools in South Dakota, Nebraska, and North Dakota: outreach programs; traveling exhibits; portable planetarium. Materials: Lending kits.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
Arkansas
10.146
Arkansas Museum of Science and History
,

MacArthur Park,

Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 324-9231

Science and history museum concentrating on natural sciences, life sciences, and geology. Programs for students: At the museum: classes with some live animals; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs with live animals; 6-week series of summer classes traveling the state to rural areas. Materials: Loans of kits; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

Louisiana
10.147
Aquarium of the Americas
,

Audubon Institute,

One Canal St.,

New Orleans, LA 70178

(Mailing address: Education Department, 111 Iberville St., Suite 500, New Orleans, LA 70130)

(504) 565-3033

Internationally known aquarium, with an IMAX theater; exhibits about 8,000 animals from the waters in and around North, Central, and South America in 5 galleries, each focused on a different habitat. Programs for students: At the aquarium: hands-on touch-pool exhibits; workshops; participatory shows. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content, hands-on learning, and regional and national curriculum projects; newsletter.

10.148
Audubon Zoological Garden
,

Audubon Institute,

6500 Magazine St., Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA 70118 (Mailing address: P.O. Box 4327, New Orleans, LA 70178) (504) 861-2537

Zoological garden with more than 1,400 animals representing 360 species; located within a 365-acre urban park with more than 1,200 kinds of exotic and indigenous flora. Programs for students: At the zoo: presentations; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning in several areas of natural history; some workshops on national curriculum projects; newsletter.

10.149
Greater Baton Rouge Zoo
,

3601 Thomas Rd.,

Baton Rouge, LA 70807

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 60, Baker, LA 70704)

(504) 775-3877

Municipal zoo; emphasis in educational programs on conservation, natural history, environmental awareness, and global environmental issues. Programs for students: At the zoo: hands-on exhibits; programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs with slide shows and live animals. Materials: Audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on hands-on learning.

10.150
Louisiana Arts and Science Center
,

100 S. River Rd.,

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 3373, Baton Rouge, LA 70821)

(504) 344-5272

Arts and science center with a Challenger Learning Center and Science Station—a hands-on physical science gallery primarily designed for grades 3-9; exhibits focus on light and color, sound, electricity and magnetism, and simple machines. Programs for students: At the center: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) flight simulations (in the Challenger Learning Center); hands-on exhibits; guided tours; weekend and summer workshops. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.151
Louisiana Nature Center
,

Joe W. Brown Memorial Park,

Nature Center Drive,

New Orleans, LA 70127

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 870610, New Orleans, LA 70187-0610)

(504) 246-5672

Nature center with a planetarium and greenhouse located in the New Orleans metropolitan area, and having direct access to an urban forest and wetlands area that includes wildflower and butterfly gardens and hiking trails. Programs for students: At the center: classes, guided/self-guided tours;

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.152
Sci-Port Discovery Center
,

101 Milam St.,

Shreveport, LA 71101

(318) 424-3466

Science center actively involved with the Louisiana Statewide Systemic Initiative (LSSI) in teacher training and support; emphasis on the physical, life, space, and some earth sciences. Programs for students: At the center: workshops; summer science series with activities and materials. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's packets, including hands-on experiments related to exhibits. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content.

Oklahoma
10.153
Harmon Science Center
,

5707 E. 41st St.,

Tulsa, OK 74135

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 52568, Tulsa, OK 74152-0568)

(918) 622-5000

http://hsc.tulsa.k12.ok.us

Interactive science center with emphasis on chemistry, geology, geophysics, and applied mathematics. Programs for students: At the center: classes; field trips; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; portable planetarium. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.154
Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum of Omniplex
,

2100 N.E. 52nd St.,

Oklahoma City, OK 73111-7198

(405) 424-5545

Science and technology museum, featuring more than 300 hands-on exhibits and about 100 science and planetarium programs; focused on geology, astronomy, paleontology, and the physical and life sciences; part of the larger Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; science and planetarium programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; loans of equipment; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; telephone support and conferences.

10.155
Oklahoma City Zoo
,

2101 N.E. 50th St.,

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

(405) 424-3344

Zoo with an aquarium and an exotic horticultural collection. Programs for students: At the zoo: guided tours; hands-on classes and labs on animals. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; loan of Suitcase for Survival (containing endangered-animal artifacts). Education and support for teachers: Workshops.

Texas
10.156
Dallas Museum of Natural History
,

First Avenue and Grand in Fair Park,

Dallas, TX 75226

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 150349, Fair Park Station, Dallas, TX 75315)

(214) 670-8466

Museum with a discovery center, focusing on the native plants and animals of Texas, including fossils. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit and audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning, including Project Wild (environmental education program emphasizing wildlife); teacher resource center; newsletter.

10.157
Don Harrington Discovery Center
,

1200 Streit Dr.,

Amarillo, TX 79106

(806) 355-9547

Discovery center with a planetarium, focused on the physical, life, earth, space, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; classes on science and health; planetarium shows; guided tours. At schools: traveling exhibits. Materials: Previsit materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.158
Environmental Science Center
,

8856 Westview Dr.,

Houston, TX 77055

(713) 465-9628

Science center, with a 5-acre arboretum, botanical garden, and outdoor classroom; focused on wildlife, botany, natural history, geology, and oceanography. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on programs for school classes. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; loans of specimens, kits, and audiovisual materials; posters; catalog of materials; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.159
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
,

1501 Montgomery St.,

Fort Worth, TX 76107-3079

(817) 732-1631

Museum founded in 1941 in an elementary school, with a planetarium and Omni theater; focused on paleontology, astronomy, and natural history. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on science content, with field trips and hands-on activities; preview events for Omni films and planetarium programs.

10.160
Fort Worth Zoological Park
,

1989 Colonial Pkwy.,

Fort Worth, TX 76110

(817) 871-7000

Zoo, including education center with classrooms and a library; emphasis on wildlife and habitat conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; programs for school groups. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; workshops.

10.161
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
,

One Nature Place,

McKinney, TX 75069-8840

(214) 562-5566

Natural science museum, located on a 274-acre wildlife sanctuary with nature trails; emphasis on natural science, ecology, and the environment. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; labs; guided/self-guided tours; field studies. At schools: outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.162
Houston Museum of Natural Science
,

One Hermann Circle Dr.,

Houston, TX 77030

(713) 639-4600

http://www.hmns.mus.tx.us/hmns/home.html

Natural science museum with a planetarium, IMAX theater, Challenger Space Science Center, and off-site observatory; emphasis on physical, space, earth, and life sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: exploratorium of hands-on exhibits; guided tours; classes; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials and living things; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.163
Houston Zoological Gardens
,

Hermann Park,

1513 N. MacGregor,

Houston, TX 77030

(713) 520-3200

http://keck.tamu.edu/HoustonZoo

Zoological garden, including children's zoo, aquarium, mammal marina, and education center; emphasis on wildlife conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; hands-on exhibits; self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs with zoomobile. Materials: Packet of pre-/postvisit activities. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.164
Insights—El Paso Science Center
,

505 N. Santa Fe,

El Paso, TX 79901

(915) 542-2990

Participatory science museum serving large sections of Texas, New Mexico, and the Mexican State of Chihuahua; focusing on perceptions in energy, physical science, motion, earth science, microcomputers, and human anatomy. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; more than 180 interactive exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; field trips; newsletter.

10.165
National Wildflower Research Center
,

4801 La Crosse Ave.,

Austin, TX 78739

(512) 292-4200

Botanical garden and nature center with a research library, focused on preservation and reestablishment of North American native plants. Programs for students: At the center: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum materials for prekindergarten through grade 6; teacher's guides; regional audiovisual materials; posters; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; information hotline; speaker series.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.166
The Science Place, Southwest Museum of Science and Technology
,

1318 Second Ave. in Fair Park,

Dallas, TX 75210

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 151469, Dallas, TX 75315-1469)

(214) 428-7200

Science center with a planetarium, emphasizing physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, health, dinosaurs, and mathematics. Programs for students: At the center: classes; guided tours; planetarium shows; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.167
Sea World of Texas
,

10500 Sea World Dr.,

San Antonio, TX 78251

(210) 523-3606

http://www.bev.net/education/SeaWorld

Marine zoological park with living learning centers, focused on marine and environmental science. Programs for students: At Sea World: guided/self-guided tours; presentations with animals; field trips; classes. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; posters; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops.

10.168
Space Center Houston
,

1601 NASA Road One,

Houston, TX 77058

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 580653, Houston, TX 77258-0653)

(713) 244-2105

Space center, designed for both education and entertainment, providing a variety of space experiences and serving as the visitor complex for the Johnson Space Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Programs for students: At the center: self-guided class visits; hands-on exhibits, including computer simulators. Materials: Classroom activities; hands-on activity books and accompanying teacher's guides on space exhibits and attractions at the center. Education and support for teachers: Briefings on space science topics; newsletter.

10.169
The Witte Museum
,

3801 Broadway,

San Antonio, TX 78209-6396

(210) 820-2181

General history and natural science museum with a science education center, focusing on science and the humanities. Programs for students: At the museum: demonstrations and live science theater presentations; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; evenings for educators; internships for preservice teachers; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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GREAT LAKES REGION
Illinois
10.170
The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
,

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.,

Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 922-STAR

http://astro.uchicago.edu/adler

Planetarium and science museum focusing on astronomy, astrophysics, and the history of science; 1 of a constellation of 3 lakeside museums, along with the Field Museum and the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Programs for students: At the planetarium: classes; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs, including portable planetarium visits. Materials: Hands-on previsit materials; curriculum materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content; library with curriculum materials.

10.171
Chicago Botanic Garden
,

1000 Lake-Cook Rd.,

Glencoe, IL 60022

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 400, Glencoe, IL 60022-0400)

(847) 835-5440

Living museum on 380 acres, with special emphasis on native plant communities—woodlands, prairies, and wetlands—and including an education center. Programs for students: At the garden: guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips; programs designed to complement school curriculum. At schools: outreach programs throughout the Chicago area. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; curriculum materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.172
Chicago Zoological Park (Brookfield Zoo)
,

8400 W. 31st St.,

Brookfield, IL 60513

(Mailing address: 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield, IL 60513)

(708) 485-0263

Chicago's major zoo, with more than 2,000 animals representing more than 400 species, many in naturalistic habitats; emphasis on conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: hands-on exhibits; classes; guided/self-guided tours. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials developed in collaboration with teachers to enhance classroom studies; audiovisual materials; brochure of programs and materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.173
Discovery Center Museum
,

711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 (815) 963-6769

Science center with a planetarium and an outdoor science park, focused on astronomy and physical sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; summer programs for middle school girls. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: Workshops and classes on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.174
Fermilab Lederman Science Education Center
,

Batavia, IL 60510

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 500, MS777, Batavia, IL 60510)

General information: (630) 840-8258

Teacher Resource Center: (630) 840-3094

http://www-ed.fnal.gov

Fermilab, a world-famous high-energy physics laboratory that offers an extensive science education program; emphasizes physics, physical science, technology, and prairie-related topics. Programs for students: At Fermilab: curriculum-related field trips; interactive teaching/learning stations; informal classes emphasizing hands-on learning and process skills. At schools: hands-on exhibits and previsit activities. Materials: Curriculum units; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content, pedagogy, technology, and integration; teacher resource center for previewing extensive collection of science education materials; directory of regional science resources; newsletter.

10.175
The Field Museum
,

Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive,

Chicago, IL 60605-2496

(312) 922-9410

http://www.bvis.uic.edu/museum

World-renowned research institution and museum focused on evolutionary biology and the environment and on cultural understanding and change, with more than 21 million specimens and artifacts in anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology; 1 of a constellation of 3 lakeside museums, along with the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum and the John G. Shedd

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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Aquarium. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes/kits; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; training for teaching in urban neighborhoods; newsletter.

10.176
Illinois State Museum
,

Spring and Edwards Streets,

Springfield, IL 62706

(217) 782-5993

http://www.museum.state.il.us

Museum, with a discovery room, focused on the natural history, culture, and art of Illinois; emphasis on botany, geology, zoology, and anthropology. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Lesson plans; curriculum materials; computer-based materials; catalog of materials; magazine for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.177
John G. Shedd Aquarium
,

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.,

Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 939-2426

Aquarium and oceanarium, including an aquatic science center, with more than 6,000 aquatic animals representing every region of the world; 1 of a constellation of 3 lakeside museums (along with the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum). Programs for students: At the aquarium: workshops and classes for student groups; hands-on exhibits; self-guided tours; local field trips. Materials: Lending boxes/kits; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; teacher resource center; field trips.

10.178
Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens
,

2200 N. Cannon Dr.,

Chicago, IL 60614

(312) 294-4649

http://www.lpzoo.com

City zoo on 35 acres of parkland, including a children's zoo with a conservation station and hands-on farm area. Programs for students: At the zoo: programs and classes for students; guided/self-guided tours; exhibit-based learning stations. At schools: outreach programs; animals-in-the-classroom programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: School-based programs, in collaboration with museum partners and university.

10.179
The Morton Arboretum
,

Rte. 53,

Lisle, IL 60532

(708) 719-2462

http://www.mortonarb.org

Arboretum on 1,700 acres, with a library and research center, focused on natural history, botany, and regional ecology. Programs for students: At the arboretum: classes; guided/self-guided tours. Materials: Hands-on activity books; activity sheets. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; workshops and classes.

10.180
Museum of Science and Industry
,

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive,

Chicago, IL 60637

(312) 684-1414

World-renowned, interactive museum, with more than 2,000 exhibits in 71 exhibit zones, and featuring learning laboratories embedded within museum exhibits for grades 5-8; emphasis on science, technology, and industry. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; interactive exhibits; guided tours; workshops; live demonstrations and interpretation. At schools: outreach programs, including Science Club Network. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit and audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education and teacher-parent workshops on science content, curriculum planning, and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.181
The Nature Museum, Chicago Academy of Sciences
,

435 E. Illinois St., at Lake Shore Drive,

Chicago, IL 60614

(Mailing address: 2060 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614)

(773) 549-0606

http://www.chias.org

Natural science museum with a children's gallery, in the Chicago Academy of Sciences, focused on natural history. Programs for students: At the museum: science lab activities; field studies; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.182
SciTech—Science and Technology Interactive Center
,

18 W. Benton,

Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 859-8112

http://town.hall.org/places/SciTech

Science and technology center, emphasizing the physical sciences, mathematics, and developing technologies, and featuring more than 200 hands-on exhibits and a solar telescope. Programs for students: At the center: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips; demonstrations. At schools: outreach classes with hands-on exhibits (grades 4-8); science demonstrations. Materials: Hands-on materials for outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning linked to outreach programs.

Indiana
10.183
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
,

3000 N. Meridian St.,

Indianapolis, IN 46208

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 3000, Indianapolis, IN 46206)

(317) 924-5431

http://www.al.com/children/home.html

World's largest children's museum, with a 310-seat, large-format, domed theater; state-of-the-art science gallery; and nature preserve; focused on natural and physical sciences, history, art, and cultural studies. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; lending library; apprentice opportunities. At the nature preserve: outdoor education. Materials: Loans of materials, including kits, science mounts and specimens, and artifacts; pre-/postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content; resource center; community resource database.

10.184
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
,

3411 Sherman Blvd.,

Fort Wayne, IN 46808

(219) 427-6800

Zoo on 40 acres, with more than 1,000 animals and 3 hands-on exhibit centers. Programs for students: At the zoo: miniclasses; in-depth exploration programs; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; grade-specific packets for teachers with suggestions for pre/postvisit activities; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.185
Indianapolis Zoo
,

1200 W. Washington St.,

Indianapolis, IN 46222

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 22309, Indianapolis, IN 46222-0309)

(317) 630-2040

http://www.indyzoo.com

Zoo designed around habitats, with animals in simulated natural environments; emphasis on preservation of species diversity. Programs for students: At the zoo: educational programs; hands-on exhibits; long-distance learning program. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning; newsletter.

Michigan
10.186
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
,

219 E. Huron St.,

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(313) 995-5439

Science and technology center with more than 200 interactive exhibits, a computer room, a discovery room, and a greenhouse; emphasis on physics, biology, human perception, and geology. Programs for students: At the museum: guided tours; hands-on exhibits; classes; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: Newsletter.

10.187
Cranbrook Institute of Science
,

1221 N. Woodward Ave.,

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801)

(313) 645-3230

Science center, with a planetarium, observatory, participatory physics hall, natural history exhibits, and a nature center with a discovery room and 315 acres of grounds. Programs for students: At the institute: programs for student groups; hands-on exhibit. At schools in southeast Michigan: outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.188
Fernwood Botanic Garden
,

13988 Range Line Rd.,

Niles, MI 49120-9042

(616) 683-8653

Botanic garden and nature preserve, with emphasis on botany and horticulture; on ecological issues concerning water, wildlife, and native and rare flora and fauna; and on the arts. Programs for students: At the garden and preserve: classes; hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours; field programs. At schools: programs with naturalists. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum units; teacher's guides; audiovisual

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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materials; posters. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; resource library; newsletter.

10.189
Gerald E. Eddy Geology Center
,

17030 Bush Rd.,

Chelsea, MI 48118

(Mailing address: 16345 McClure Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118)

(313) 475-3170

http://www.eecs.umich.edu/mathscience/exploringsci/tourlisting/eddyinfo.html

Geology museum and visitor center for 20,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area, featuring Michigan rocks, minerals, fossils, crystals, and glacial information; focused on geology and natural science. Programs for students: At the center: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Audiovisual materials; posters. Education and support for teachers: Lectures.

10.190
Hall of Ideas, Midland Center for the Arts
,

1801 W. Saint Andrews Rd.,

Midland, MI 48640

(517) 631-5930

Science, art, and history museum within a performing arts center; focused on geology and the environment and the relationship of science to the arts and humanities. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; workshops; newsletter.

10.191
Impression 5 Science Center
,

200 Museum Dr.,

Lansing, MI 48933-1922

(517) 485-8116

Science and technology center focused on chemistry, physics, and the environmental and biological sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: demonstrations; workshops; hands-on exhibits; summer science camp. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.192
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
,

230 N. Rose St.,

Kalamazoo, MI 49003

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 4070, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070)

(616) 373-7990

Museum of history and science and technology, with a Digistar II planetarium and Challenger Learning Center. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; planetarium shows; space mission simulations. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum materials; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops; newsletter.

10.193
Kingman Museum of Natural History
,

West Michigan Avenue at 20th Street,

Battle Creek, MI 49017

(616) 965-5117

http://www.quikpage.com/K/kingmuseum

Natural history museum with a planetarium, located in the Leila Arboretum; focused on earth and natural history, astronomy, and the human body. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; Discovery Kits; teacher's guide; catalog of materials; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content; library; newsletter.

10.194
Michigan Space and Science Center
,

Jackson Community College,

2111 Emmons Rd.,

Jackson, MI 49201

(517) 787-4425

http://www.jackson.cc.mi.us/centers/michigan_space_center/default.html

Space museum and educational center for the space sciences; exhibits focus on space exploration, astronomy, physics, geology, mathematics, electronics, and biology. Programs for students: At the museum: self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; films in Astro Theatre. Materials: Kits with materials and instructions; previsit and audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content.

10.195
Michigan State University Museum
,

West Circle Drive,

East Lansing, MI 48224

(517) 355-2373

Natural and cultural history museum, with emphasis on life and earth sciences and the environment. Programs for students: At the museum: guided tours; classes. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content; workshops; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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Ohio
10.196
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
,

1000 Aullwood Rd.,

Dayton, OH 45414

(513) 890-7360

Regional environmental education center of the National Audubon Society for the 7-state Great Lakes region, with a 350-acre sanctuary including a working educational farm. Programs for students: At the center: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: occasional programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials; audiovisual materials; magazine for students, Audubon Adventures. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and courses on science content and hands-on learning; field trips; newsletters; magazine, Audubon.

10.197
Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
,

Museum Center at Union Terminal,

1301 Western Ave.,

Cincinnati, OH 45203

(513) 287-7020

http://www.cincymuseum.org

Research-based museum with a highly interactive children's discovery center. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; demonstrations; field trips; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content; newsletter.

10.198
Cleveland Botanical Garden
,

11030 East Boulevard,

Cleveland, OH 44106

(216) 721-1600

Botanical garden with a reference library, emphasizing hands-on science through garden activities. Programs for students: At the garden: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs, including home gardening/seed distribution program and school/community gardens. Materials: Teacher's guides; horticultural supplies; audiovisual materials; children's gardening resource directory. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.199
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
,

3900 Brookside Park Dr.,

Cleveland, OH 44109

(216) 661-6500

http://www.clemetzoo.com

One of America's oldest zoos, on 165 acres in the heart of the city, with an education center and wideranging programs in conservation education. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; programs; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field studies. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; videos; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.200
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
,

One Wade Oval Dr.,

University Circle,

Cleveland, OH 44106-1767

(216) 231-4600;

(800) 317-9155

http://www.cmnh.org

Major research-based natural history museum, with an observatory, a planetarium, and natural areas. Programs for students: At the museum: gallery programs; self-guided tours; presentations with live animals; hands-on programs; observatory/planetarium programs; field studies. At schools: outreach programs, with live animals; portable planetarium. Materials: Extensive loan program (including portable dioramas, teaching kits, curriculum units, activity guides, slide sets, and videos); catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; extensive science resource center; travel/study trips; newsletter.

10.201
COSI/Columbus—Ohio's Center Of Science and Industry
,

280 E. Broad St.,

Columbus, OH 43215-3773

(614) 228-2674

http://cosi.org

Hands-on science center with a planetarium and featured-exhibition area; emphasis on learning opportunities in physical sciences and technology, history, earth sciences, health, and life science. Programs for students: At the center: hundreds of interactive exhibits, classes, shows, and demonstrations. At schools throughout Ohio and in parts of Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia: extensive outreach programs, with assemblies and hands-on classes. Materials: Catalog of Fun in Science kits. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.202
Dayton Museum of Discovery
,

2600 DeWeese Pkwy.,

Dayton, OH 45414

(513) 275-7431

Museum consisting of Caryl D. Philips Space Theater (Digistar planetarium), Dayton Science Center (physical sciences), Wild Ohio Exhibit (indoor zoo with animals native to Ohio), Bieser Discovery Center (hands-on life and earth

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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science gallery), and exhibit galleries. Programs for students: At the museum: planetarium shows; hands-on natural and cultural history and physical science programs; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: talks, with live animals. Materials: Geology loan kits; previsit activity packet for field trip programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning.

10.203
Great Lakes Science Center
,

601 Erieside Ave.,

Cleveland, OH 44114

(216) 694-2000

Science center with an Omnimax theater and a mathematics and science resource center; focused on regional and global environmental concerns and on the interdependence of science, the environment, and technology. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; guided tours; classes; field trips; demonstrations. At schools: outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.204
The Holden Arboretum
,

9500 Sperry Rd.,

Kirtland, OH 44094-5172

(216) 256-1110

Largest U.S. arboretum, on 3,100 acres, with a horticultural science center. Programs for students: At the arboretum: extensive guided field trip programs and self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs (limited). Materials: Materials for visits; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials for loan. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and classes on science content and hands-on learning; summer teacher-in-residence program for K-12 teachers to develop and test a science program; reference library; newsletter.

10.205
Sea World of Ohio
,

1100 Sea World Dr.,

Aurora, OH 44202

(216) 562-8101

Marine-life park, focused on underwater and overwater animals in the park's varied marine environments and on marine ecology. Programs for students: At the park: programs for school groups; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; summer classes. At schools: hands-on, interactive assembly programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Activity books; teacher's guides; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.206
University of Toledo SciMaTEC
,

2801 W. Bancroft St.,

Toledo, OH 43606

(419) 530-8456

Regional science, mathematics, and technology center, emphasizing physical, life, earth, and space sciences. Programs for students: At the center: workshops; field trips; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending kits of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; information hotline; software library; newsletter.

10.207
The Wilderness Center
,

9877 Alabama Ave., S.W.,

Wilmot, OH 44689

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 202, Wilmot, OH 44689-0202)

(330) 359-5235

Nature center, with a planetarium, an observation room, and hiking trails, emphasizing wildlife conservation, astronomy, and environmental education. Programs for students: At the center: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: Workshops; newsletter.

Wisconsin
10.208
Milwaukee County Zoo
,

10005 W. Bluemound Rd.,

Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 771-3040

Zoo with an education center, focused on animal science and environmental issues. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; workshops; presentations; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Activity books; pre-/postvisit activities; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content.

10.209
University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
,

1207 Seminole Hwy.,

Madison, WI 53711

(608) 262-2746

Research-based, university arboretum, with an Earth Partnership Program (EPP) emphasizing prairie restoration. Programs for students: At the arboretum: guided tours of 1,100 acres of restored prairies, woodlands, and wetlands; EPP classes. At schools: presentations by naturalists; student-EPP research collaborations. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: EPP workshops, meetings, and conferences, and EPP summer institutes, all on prairie restoration and hands-on learning, with materials and a newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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SOUTHEAST REGION
Alabama
10.210
Alabama Museum of Natural History
,

Smith Hall,

University of Alabama,

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

(Mailing address: Box 870340, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0340)

(205) 348-7550

Natural history museum (headquarters at Smith Hall) and anthropological park (Moundville Archaeological Park), with a paleontological site (Harrell Station Paleontological Site); focused on field studies in geology, archaeology, and natural science. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; field studies. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.211
Anniston Museum of Natural History
,

800 Museum Dr.,

Anniston, AL 36202

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1587, Anniston, AL 36202)

(205) 237-6766

http://www.anniston.org

Regional natural history museum and cultural center with nature trails and a wildlife garden, focused on biology, zoology, and the environment. Programs for students: At the museum: classes and workshops; programs with live animals; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs with live animals and hands-on objects. Materials: Traveling trunks for loan; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education in science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.212
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
,

2612 Lane Park Rd.,

Birmingham, AL 35223

(205) 879-1227

Botanical gardens and bird sanctuary on 67 acres, representing multiple ecosystems; focused on biology, botany, horticulture, and the environment. Programs for students: At the gardens: workshops; guided tours. Materials: Resource materials; audiovisual materials; 2 Grow Labs (for indoor classroom gardening) for 1- to 2-year loan to schools; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops; horticultural library.

10.213
Birmingham Zoo
,

2630 Cahaba Rd.,

Birmingham, AL 35223

(205) 871-9447

http://www.bhm.tis.net/zoo

Zoo with a library, focused on wildlife conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: programs and wildlife shows for school groups; self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Loans of biological artifacts; computer-based materials; posters; magazine, Animal Tracks. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; letter-answering service.

10.214
The Exploreum Museum of Science
,

1906 Springhill Ave.,

Mobile, AL 36607

(334) 471-5923

Science museum with programs focusing on the physical and natural sciences; principal exhibitor of national traveling exhibits in the region. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; hands-on exhibits; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on hands-on learning; workshops; newsletter.

10.215
McWane Center
,

1320 22nd St. S.,

Birmingham, AL 35205

(205) 558-2000

Science and technology center (scheduled to open in 1998), with an Omnimax theater, Challenger Learning Center, and hands-on exhibits; focused on physical science, oceanography, paleontology, the environment, and technology. Programs for students: At the center: programs for school groups; self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; workshops.

10.216
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
,

One Tranquility Base,

Huntsville, AL 35805

(800) 63SPACE

Space center with rocket and shuttle parks, a spacedome theater, and a space museum; offers bus tours of the Marshall Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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Administration (NASA). Programs for students: At the center: classes; hands-on exhibits; 5- to 8-day programs (including U.S. Space Camp, Academy, and Aviation Challenge programs) in aviation and space flight (grades 4-12); field trips. Materials: Field trip guide. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; NASA Teacher Resource Center.

Florida
10.217
Discovery Science Center
,

50 S. Magnolia Ave.,

Ocala, FL 34474

(904) 620-2555

Science center with a weather center and a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather satellite ground station; focused on physics, astronomy, meteorology, and human physiology. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. At schools in 14 surrounding counties: portable planetarium programs. Materials: Pre-/postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.218
The Florida Aquarium
,

701 Channelside Dr.,

Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 273-4000

Aquarium with areas devoted to Florida's wetlands, bays and beaches, coral reefs, and offshore waters, and with staffed teaching wet labs in 3 major galleries. Programs for students: At the aquarium: auditorium presentations; aqua-class teaching lab and customized wetlab programs; field trips; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; magazine for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; information hotline; newsletter.

10.219
Florida Museum of Natural History
,

University of Florida,

Museum Road,

Gainesville, FL 32611

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 117800, Gainesville, FL 32611-7800)

(904) 392-1721

Both a university research-and-teaching museum and the state museum of natural history; focused on the natural history, archaeology, and ethnography of the state and region. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on discovery area. At schools: programs on requested topics; suitcase exhibits. Materials: Educational packets; curriculum guidelines on exhibit topics; teacher's guides; videocassettes; previsit materials. Education and support for teachers: Statewide teacher workshops on science content and hands-on learning; educational tours.

10.220
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium
,

2000 Cranford St.,

Fort Myers, FL 33901

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 2217 Fort Myers, FL 33902)

(941) 337-3332

Science museum with an aquarium and a resource library; emphasizing physical, life, and earth sciences and the connections between science and the arts and humanities. Programs for students: At the museum: Saturday workshops; lectures; demonstrations; field trips; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on hands-on learning.

10.221
Great Explorations, The Hands On Museum
,

1120 Fourth St. S.,

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(813) 821-8992

Hands-on museum with 5 pavilions for permanent exhibits and 1 for changing exhibits; focused on arts, sciences, and health. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups. At schools: auditorium and classroom programs; shows with a portable planetarium; traveling hands-on exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; loans of live animals and plants; teacher's guide. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.222
Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium
,

3280 S. Miami Ave.,

Miami, FL 33129

(305) 854-4247

Science museum, with a natural history collection, a wildlife center, an aviary, and Space Transit Planetarium. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; demonstrations; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At the planetarium: multimedia astronomy and laser shows. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; Technology Training Center; teacher resource library; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.223
Mote Marine Laboratory/Aquarium
,

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-4441

http://www.marinelab.sarasota.fl.us

Aquarium and marine research laboratory, with a touch tank and more than 200 varieties of fish and invertebrates; emphasis on marine biology, oceanography, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the aquarium: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Curriculum guides; fact sheets; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; lectures.

10.224
Museum of Arts and Sciences
,

1040 Museum Blvd.,

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(904) 255-0285

Museum featuring a planetarium, a hands-on science section, and the use of adjacent Tuscawilla Park Preserve and 150-acre Spruce Creek Preserve/Environmental Education Center; emphasis on the arts, sciences, and history. Programs for students: At the museum: guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; Summer Science Institute in life and environmental sciences, marine biology, zoology, and archaeology. At the planetarium: curriculum-related, grade-specific programs; field trips. At the museum and education center: environmental programs. Materials: Curriculum materials; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.225
Museum of Discovery and Science
,

401 S.W. Second St.,

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-1707

(305) 467-6637

Science museum with an IMAX theater and several science labs, focusing on science, technology, and mathematics. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; programs; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides.

10.226
Museum of Science and History of Jacksonville
,

1025 Museum Circle,

Jacksonville, FL 32207-9053

(904) 396-7062

Science and history museum with a planetarium, a live-animal area with an aviary, and a native plant garden; emphasis on the natural, physical, and medical sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: planetarium shows; demonstrations; guided tours; science camps. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes with teacher's guides; loans of live animals and plants; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.227
Museum of Science and Industry
,

4801 E. Fowler Ave.,

Tampa, FL 33617-2099

(813) 987-6324

Science center, with a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and a Challenger Learning Center; emphasizes physical, earth, space, life, and environmental sciences and archaeology. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; self-guided tours; hands-on classes; planetarium and IMAX shows; telescope viewing; fossil-finding and archaeological field trips. At schools: outreach programs, including portable planetarium. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials to accompany program topics. Education and support for teachers: Workshops and seminars for teachers on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.228
Orlando Science Center
,

777 E. Princeton St.,

Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 514-2000

http://www.osc.org

Science center, with a CineDome (large-format Iwerks theater combined with a planetarium), an observatory, and 10 exhibition halls, including more than 380 interactive exhibits and 5 Discovery Labs; focused on natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and applied technologies. Programs for students: At the center: classes; interactive exhibits; Discovery Labs; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: Preservice and in-service education on science content and hands-on learning; teacher resource center; distance learning center.

10.229
Sea World of Florida
,

7007 World Dr.,

Orlando, FL 32821

(407) 351-3600

http://www.bev.net/education/SeaWorld

Marine park, focused on marine animals and the park's diverse marine environments. Programs

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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for students: At the park: programs for school groups; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Curriculum materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.230
Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center
,

7189 N.E. 7th St.,

Ocala, FL 34470

(904) 236-5401

History and natural history museum and environmental education center, operated by the Marion County Public School System, with interpretive nature trails, a 600-foot boardwalk, and river access; focused on natural history, the history of Florida, geology, archeology, paleontology, and ecology. Programs for students: At the center: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; workshops.

Georgia
10.231
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
,

767 Clifton Rd., N.E.,

Atlanta, GA 30307-1221

(404) 378-0127

http://www.fernbank.edu/museum/fmnhfr.html

Natural history museum, closely linked with the Fernbank Science Center, featuring an IMAX theater and a hands-on Naturalist Center; emphasis on chemistry, earth science, geology, and archaeology. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; hands-on exhibits; archaeology field studies. At schools: outreach programs (limited). Materials: Supplemental materials for all programs and exhibits; posters. Education and support for teachers: Archaeology programs; newletter.

10.232
Fernbank Science Center
,

156 Heaton Park Dr., N.E.,

Atlanta, GA 30307-1398

(404) 378-4311

http://www.fernbank.edu/fsc2.html

Science center of DeKalb County School System, closely linked with Fernbank Museum of Natural History; includes a planetarium, observatory, a 65-acre forest, greenhouses, gardens, and laboratories. Programs for students: At the center: exhibits; planetarium shows; programs for school groups. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Lending kits; audiovisual materials; children's newsletter. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; magazine, Fernbank Quarterly.

10.233
National Science Center
,

Bldg. 25722 (Discovery Center 29727),

Fort Gordon, GA 30905

(Mailing address: ATTN: ATZH-NSC-DT, Fort Gordon, GA 30905-5689)

(706) 791-2009

http://www.nsc.gordon.army.mil

Science center (authorized by an act of Congress in 1985), with an exhibit center (Fort Discovery) in Augusta, Ga., that operates a national outreach program; focused on mathematical and physical science concepts basic to communications, electronics, computers, and other technologies, with material and technical support from a private, nonprofit group and the U.S. Army. Programs for students: At the center: field trips; workshops; demonstrations; planetarium shows; video broadcasts. At schools: outreach programs with mobile vans; portable planetarium; science and mathematics demonstrations. Materials: Activity kits; videotapes; lesson plans; computer software. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on science and mathematics materials; teacher resource center; video broadcasts; electronic bulletin board; newsletter.

10.234
Savannah Science Museum
,

4405 Paulsen St.,

Savannah, GA 31405

(912) 355-6705

Science museum, with a planetarium, hands-on discovery room and exhibit hall, a tower with a Foucault pendulum, and live reptiles and amphibians on display; emphasis on natural and physical sciences pertaining to coastal environment. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; planetarium programs. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials. Education and support for teachers: Opportunity for involvement in summer-long research project on the loggerhead sea turtle.

10.235
SciTrek—The Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta
,

395 Piedmont Ave., N.E.,

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 522-5500

Science and technology center, with live science demonstrations, hands-on science and mathematics activities in 6 permanent halls, and a working research laboratory behind glass; focused principally on

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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the physical sciences and technology. Programs for students: At the center: workshops; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; exhibit guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.236
Zoo Atlanta
,

800 Cherokee Ave., S.E.,

Atlanta, GA 30315

(404) 624-5600

http://www.netdepot.com/˜zooatl

Zoo with extensive educational activities and a strong focus on wildlife conservation, featuring an Environmental Resource Center and a Conservation Action Resource Center. Programs for students: At the zoo: guided tours; programs for school groups; field studies; hands-on exhibits. At schools: zoomobile visits. Materials: Curriculum materials; activity boxes; teacher's guides; videotapes; curriculum supplements; pre-/postvisit activities. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on science content and hands-on learning; teacher resource center; newsletter.

Kentucky
10.237
The Living Arts and Science Center
,

362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.,

Lexington, KY 40508

(606) 252-5222

Center with art galleries and science exhibits; emphasis on science education outreach. Programs for students: At the center: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: workshops; presentations; traveling exhibits. Materials: Traveling kits; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.238
Louisville Science Center
,

727 W. Main St.,

Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 561-6103

Science and technology center, with an IMAX theater, a videoconferencing center, and 6 modern science classrooms; focused on health, physical science, earth science, geology, paleontology, and applied science. Programs for students: At the center: discovery lab; classes; demonstrations; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; institutes and workshops; newsletter.

10.239
Louisville Zoological Garden
,

1100 Trevilian Way,

Louisville, KY 40213

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 37250, Louisville, KY 40233)

(502) 459-2181 http://www.iglou.com/louzoo

Zoo on 133 acres in a park setting, with 1,100 animals in more than 60 environmental exhibits, and including Metazoo Education Center and a HerpAquarium with arid, water, and forest habitats. Programs for students: At the zoo: programs and classes for school groups; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At the center: live-animal exhibits; microscope stations; “biofact" exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; program kits for teacher-guided class visits. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

Mississippi
10.240
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
,

111 N. Jefferson St.,

Jackson, MS 39202

(601) 354-7303

State of Mississippi's biological and natural science museum, focusing on the state's natural history; massive aquarium system and indoor garden. Programs for students: At the museum: presentations and hands-on exhibits. At schools: exhibits and interactive programs. Materials: Object kits; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit and audiovisual materials; museum artifact kits, some for loan (requiring teacher to attend hands-on workshop). Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning; natural science library (available by appointment); newsletter.

10.241
Russell C. Davis Planetarium
,

201 E. Pascagoula St.,

Jackson, MS 39201

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 22826, Jackson, MS 39225-2826)

(601) 960-1550

Planetarium, with a space theater and full-scale space station simulator; focused on life, physical, and space sciences, astronomy, and space travel. Programs for students: At the planetarium: programs for school groups; Student Space Station summer residencies for students of ability (ages 12-15), featuring 14 days of laboratory research and a 96-hour space flight simulation. At schools: career day presentations. Materials: Curriculum materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: Teacher workshops and in-service education featuring hands-on astronomy and space science.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.242
University Museums, The University of Mississippi
,

University, MS 38677

(601) 232-7073

http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/u_museum

Two small university museums—the Mary Buie Museum and the Kate Skipwith Teaching Museum; science programs focused on physics and on life, space, and earth sciences, including ecology and natural history. Programs for students: At the museum: physics tours; summer science camp. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending trunks of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; instructional materials on environmental education; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Newsletter.

North Carolina
10.243
Catawba Science Center
,

243 Third Ave., N.E.,

Hickory, NC 28603

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 2431, Hickory, NC 28603)

(704) 322-8169

http://www.sohodev.com/catawba.htm

Science and technology center focused on physical, life, and earth and space sciences. Programs for students: At the center: science and environmental education programs for school groups; field trips; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on process skills; resource center; newsletter.

10.244
Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum
,

Pack Place Education,

Arts and Science Center,

2 S. Pack Sq.,

Asheville, NC 28801

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1617, Asheville, NC 28802)

(704) 254-7162;

(800) 935-0204

http://main.nc.us/colburn

Museum focusing on earth sciences, mineralogy, gemology, and paleontology. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; mineral shows; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs, including portable planetarium and gem mine. Materials: Curriculum units with suggested activities; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials for loan; postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.245
Discovery Place
,

301 N. Tryon St.,

Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 372-6261

A science and technology center with a planetarium, aquarium, rainforest, Omnimax theater, and Challenger Learning Center; programs focused on astronomy and on the physical, chemical, health, natural, environmental, and space sciences and on computer science. Programs for students: At the museum: demonstrations; classes; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.246
Imagination Station
,

224 E. Nash St.,

Wilson, NC 27893

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 2127, Wilson, NC 27893)

(919) 291-5113

http://www2.coastalnet.com/˜h4k8k4wl

Science and mathematics learning center, with 80 hands-on exhibits covering basic physical and life science principles. Programs for students: At the center: live science programs (on chemistry, cryogenics, flight, electricity, and sound); guided tours; workshops. At schools: Science on Wheels (outreach programs). Materials: Hands-on activity books; traveling science trunks; teacher's guides; audiovisual and resource materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.247
Morehead Planetarium
,

East Franklin Street,

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

(Mailing address: CB #3480, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480)

(919) 962-1236

http://www.unc.edu/depts/mhplanet

Planetarium of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), working closely with the Center for Mathematics and Science Education of UNC-CH School of Education, and drawing students from 3 states; emphasis on astronomy and space science education. Programs for students: At the planetarium: shows, tied to state curricula, where possible; Saturday morning classes. Materials: Curriculum guides; catalogs of materials from other resource agencies. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; information service.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.248
The Natural Science Center of Greensboro
,

4301 Lawndale Dr.,

Greensboro, NC 27455

(919) 288-3769

Science education complex featuring a museum, zoo, and planetarium, with traditional natural history exhibits, modern interactive and technological exhibits, and discovery labs. Programs for students: At the center: demonstrations; classes; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.249
North Carolina Maritime Museum
,

315 Front St.,

Beaufort, NC 28516

(919) 728-7317

http://www.agr.state.nc.us/maritime/index.htm

State museum with dual focus: (1) boats, boat building, and maritime history; and (2) marine sciences as part of coastal natural history. Programs for students: At the museum: audiovisual programs; programs with live animals; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips to coastal habitats. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; "Educational Services Guide"; audiovisual materials; staff-authored field guides to local habitats; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.250
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
,

433 Murray Ave.,

Durham, NC 27704

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 15190, Durham, NC 27704)

(919) 220-5429

Regional science and technology center, with learning labs and 2 discovery rooms; emphasis on aerospace, the human body, physical science, animals, geology, and weather. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits; classes. At schools: outreach programs, including a portable planetarium, neighborhood ecology program, and programs with live animals. Materials: Science loan kits; Sharing Science with Children—guides for teachers, parents, scientists, and engineers, to promote involvement in science education; postvisit activities. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; science resource center; newsletter.

10.251
North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
,

102 N. Salisbury St.,

Raleigh, NC 27603

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 29555, Raleigh, NC 27626-0555)

(919) 733-7450

http://www.nando.net/links/museum

Research-based natural history museum, with a discovery room, exhibit halls, and a working laboratory of paleontology; focused on North Carolina's biological diversity. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; classes; field trips; self-guided tours. At schools: statewide outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: 1- and 3-day field trips led by a naturalist, emphasizing both science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.252
North Carolina Zoological Park
,

4401 Zoo Pkwy.,

Asheboro, NC 27203-9416

(910) 879-7000

Zoo on 500 acres, with natural habitats for more than 15,000 plant and 950 animal species from Africa and North America; focused on ecological systems and environmental conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: informational scavenger hunts; "smart carts"; interaction with zoo educators. Materials: Teacher activity packet; videotape. Education and support for teachers: Workshops.

10.253
Piedmont Environmental Center
,

1220 Penny Rd.,

High Point, NC 27265

(910) 883-8531

Environmental education center and wildlife refuge on 376 acres, with 11 miles of hiking/nature trails; focused on natural history, ecology, and environmental education. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on classes emphasizing field studies and data manipulation; field trips; guided tours. Education and support for teachers: Hands-on workshops; newsletter.

10.254
Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
,

1500 E. Garrison Blvd.,

Gastonia, NC 28054

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 953, Gastonia, NC 28053-0953)

(704) 866-6900

Natural history museum and planetarium, with a theater, an arboretum, and an earth-space center; emphasis on natural history, earth and life sciences, ethnology, and environmental education. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits;

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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classes; guided/self-guided tours; field trips. At schools in more than 20 counties: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.255
SciWorks—The Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County
,

400 W. Hanes Mill Rd.,

Winston-Salem, NC 27105

(910) 767-6730

Science center with a planetarium and a 15-acre environmental park; emphasizes life, physical, earth, space, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; classes; programs for school groups; planetarium programs; guided tours. At schools in 22 regional districts: outreach programs. Materials: Pre/postvisit materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

South Carolina
10.256
Museum of York County
,

4621 Mount Gallant Rd.,

Rock Hill, SC 29732-9905

(803) 329-2121

http://www.cetlink.net/commercial/myco/mycohome.html

General museum, with a nature trail and a planetarium; emphasizes natural history, astronomy, and physical science. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs (including traveling trunks). Materials: Lending boxes of self-contained curriculum units with resource materials; videos as a previsit package. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning, including Project Wild (environmental education program emphasizing wildlife); weekend and week-long "Learning Expeditions"; newsletter.

10.257
Roper Mountain Science Center
,

504 Roper Mountain Rd.,

Greenville, SC 29615

(803) 281-1188

Multifaceted science center, on 62 acres, operated by the local school system as a local resource and also for teachers statewide; features the following: a planetarium, observatory, living-history farm, arboretum, sea-life room with aquariums and a touch tank, health education center, chemistry and physics labs, and discovery room. Programs for students: At the center: classes; planetarium shows; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; loans of live animals; audiovisual and computer-based materials; previsit activities; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service courses and workshops on science content and hands-on learning; natural science institute.

10.258
South Carolina State Museum
,

301 Gervais St.,

Columbia, SC 29201

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 100107, Columbia, SC 29202)

(803) 737-4999

General museum, with a Science Discovery Theatre for science demonstrations, and NatureSpace, a hands-on area featuring natural history. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on thematic science and natural history lessons and programs; demonstration programs. Materials: Teacher's handbook of programs; audiovisual materials for classroom use; lists of suggested previsit activities and a bibliography. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.259
The World of Energy at Keowee-Toxaway
,

7812 Rochester Hwy.,

Seneca, SC 29672

(864) 885-4600

Science museum and visitor center, located adjacent to Oconee Nuclear Station, with a simulated control room for a nuclear power plant; emphasis on energy and electricity generation and environmental stewardship. Programs for students: At the center: classes; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs (within 10 miles of the center). Materials: Curriculum materials; scavenger hunt sheets. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

Tennessee
10.260
American Museum of Science and Energy
,

300 S. Tulane Dr.,

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

(423) 576-3200

http://www.korrnet.org/amse

Science and technology museum sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, with more than 200 interactive exhibits; focused on physical sciences and on energy forms and their uses. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; self-guided tours; demonstrations;

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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hands-on exhibits. Materials: Catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on hands-on learning.

10.261
Cumberland Science Museum
,

800 Fort Negley Blvd.,

Nashville, TN 32703

(615) 862-5160

http://www.infi.net/˜csmnet

Natural science and technology museum with a planetarium; focused on physical, earth, and life sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: live-animal programs; planetarium programs; guided tours; field trips; hands-on exhibits; science camps. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on hands-on learning; workshops; newsletter.

10.262
Hands On! Regional Museum
,

315 E. Main St.,

Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 928-6508

http://www.thewebcorp.com/handson/handson.htm

Children's museum with an aquarium, featuring exhibits, programs, and materials on the physical, life, earth, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content; newsletter.

10.263
Memphis Museum System
,

3050 Central Ave.,

Memphis, TN 38111-3399

(901) 320-6369

Museum and planetarium, with an IMAX theater; museum also operates the Coon Creek Science Center, a renowned, upper-Cretaceous fossil site located in McNairy County; exhibits focus on natural and cultural history of the region. Programs for students: At the museum: laboratory, demonstration, and science theater experiences. At the planetarium: live presentations; recorded shows; field trips. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials with teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Virginia
10.264
Science Museum of Virginia
,

2500 W. Broad St.,

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 367-1013

http://www.smv.mus.va.us

Science and technology museum and education center, with a planetarium and space theater; Omnimax theater; demonstration laboratories; 250 interactive exhibits in the areas of aerospace, electricity and power, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and crystallography, and other programs in the life sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: planetarium shows; films; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides for all exhibits; lending boxes of hands-on materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.265
Science Museum of Western Virginia
,

One Market Square,

Roanoke, VA 24011

(703) 342-5710

Science museum with a planetarium; emphasizes a wide range of sciences, including energy, natural history, and physical and earth sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: labs; guided tours; hands-on exhibits; planetarium shows. Materials: Catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: Teacher resource center, featuring curriculum materials and science fair components for grades K-12; newsletter.

10.266
Virginia Air and Space Center and Hampton Roads History Center
,

600 Settlers Landing Rd.,

Hampton, VA 23669

(804) 727-0800

http://seastar.vasc.mus.va.us/vasc

http://seastar.vasc.va.us (Teacher Resource Center)

Center for aerospace education with an IMAX theater, serving as the visitors center for Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); focused primarily on the science, history, and technology of aviation and space. Programs for students: At the center: guided/self-guided tours; demonstrations; classroom experiences; hands-on exhibits; field activities. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; previsit packets; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; NASA Teacher Resource Center.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.267
Virginia Living Museum
,

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.,

Newport News, VA 23601

(757) 595-1900

Living museum, featuring native animals and plants, an aviary, a nature trial, a planetarium and observatory, and a discovery center; focused on the life and earth sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: planetarium programs; science survey classes; environmental science laboratories; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: participatory assembly programs; classes, with live animals. Materials: Discovery boxes with teacher resource packets for loan; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service science seminars and field trips; courses on hands-on learning; reference library.

10.268
Virginia Marine Science Museum
,

717 General Booth Blvd.,

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 437-4949

http://www.whro.org/vmsm

Marine science museum and aquarium; focus includes sea turtle conservation and bottlenose dolphin research. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; hands-on exhibits. Through the museum: whale-watch, dolphin-watch, and ocean collection boat trips (grades 4 and above). At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Curriculum guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.269
Virginia Museum of Natural History
,

1001 Douglas Ave.,

Martinsville, VA 24112

(703) 666-8600

http://www.bev.net/education/museum/vmnhmvl/vmnh.html

Center for statewide research and outreach on the natural history of Virginia. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; hands-on exhibits; guided tours. At schools throughout the state: inquiry-based, participatory programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; educational resource kits for loan; teacher's manuals; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning throughout the state; newsletter; magazine, Virginia Explorer.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION
District of Columbia
10.270
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
,

6th St. and Independence Ave., S.W.,

Washington, DC 20560

(202) 357-1400

http://www.nasm.edu

National museum focusing on the technology, science, and history of aviation, rocketry, and space exploration; featuring many historic air-and spacecraft, and IMAX theater, and a planetarium. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.271
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
,

14th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.,

Washington, DC 20560

(Mailing address: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560)

(202) 357-2700

National museum focusing on American culture, science, and technology; includes Science in American Life exhibition that examines the relationship between science and society from 1876 to the present, and features a Hands-On Science Center. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Curriculum units on science-society issues; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Teacher resource area in Hands-On Science Center.

10.272
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
,

10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.,

Washington, DC 20560

(202) 357-2747

http://www.nmnh.si.edu

National museum with an insect zoo, discovery room, the Living Marine Ecosystem, and (for grades 6 and up) the Naturalist Center, where students can experience hands-on research. Programs for students: At the museum: lesson tours; hands-on exhibits; classroom programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; previsit materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; workshops and summer institutes.

10.273
National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution
,

3000 Connecticut Ave., N.W.,

Washington, DC 20008-2598

(202) 673-4717

National zoo, with focus extending beyond traditional zoology to botany, anthropology, ethology, ecology, and paleontology, and with numerous interactive learning opportunities such as Amazonia, the Reptile Discovery Center, Invertebrate Exhibit, and Think Tank. Programs for students: At the zoo: self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Outreach kit; teacher's guides; curriculum guides; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Maryland
10.274
Baltimore Zoo
,

Druid Hill Park,

Baltimore, MD 21217

(410) 396-7102

Zoo with state-of-the-art exhibits (e.g., Maryland Wilderness and African Watering Hole). Programs for students: At the zoo: guided tours; classroom programs featuring live animals. At schools: outreach programs with a zoomobile. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.275
Calvert Marine Museum
,

14150 Solomons Island Rd., Rte. 2,

Solomons, MD 20688

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 97, Solomons, MD 20688)

(410) 326-2042

Marine museum with a 15-tank estuarium, a touch tank, a marine biology laboratory, and various outdoor environments; focused on the paleontology of Calvert Cliffs, estuarine life of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay, and local maritime history. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; guided tours; classes; nature walks through salt-and freshwater marshes; fossil field experience. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.276
Columbus Center
,

Piers 5 and 6 at Inner Harbor,

Baltimore, MD 21202

(Mailing address: 111 Market Place, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21202)

(410) 547-5741

http://www.columbuscenter.org

Science and technology center, including the Hall of Exploration, Science and Technology (SciTEC) Education Center, and Center of Marine Biotechnology (COMB) research facility, with an interactive exhibit hall, student research laboratories, and a 32-station Silicon Graphic Indy computer facility; emphasis on marine biology, biotechnology, and technology. Programs for students: At the education center: 3-hour Exploration programs integrating inquiry-based wet lab investigations with World Wide Web research; interactive research program with COMB scientists. At the exhibit hall: interactive video programs and media presentations; hands-on lab demonstrations; live specimens; large-scale simulations. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Computer-based materials using World Wide Web access. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content, inquiry-based learning, and bioscience career awareness; on-line information service.

10.277
Howard B. Owens Science Center
,

9601 Greenbelt Rd.,

Lanham, MD 20706

(301) 918-8750

http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/hbowens/agu_poster.html

Science center that includes a planetarium and a Challenger Learning Center, serving public schools in Prince George's County, Maryland. Programs for students: At the center: classes and programs for school groups; guided tours (limited); hands-on exhibits; docent programs for students in grades 4-6 to share science with younger students. Materials: Pre-/postvisit materials; teacher's guides; catalog of programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.278
Mayland Science Center
,

601 Light St.,

Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 685-2370

Science center, with a planetarium and an IMAX theater; focused on the environmental, physical, life, and space sciences, and mathematics. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; planetarium and IMAX shows; field trips. At schools: participatory demonstration programs; portable planetarium classes. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.279
National Aquarium in Baltimore
,

Pier 3,

501 E. Pratt St.,

Baltimore, MD 21202-3194

(410) 576-3800

State-of-the-art aquatic institution with a diverse collection of more than 9,000 aquatic animals, dedicated to encouraging lifelong learning and participation in the conservation of the environment. Programs for students: At the aquarium: classes and programs for school groups; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guide; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.280
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
,

Contees Wharf Road,

Edgewater, MD 21037

(410) 798-4424

http://www.serc.si.edu

Research-based environmental education center on 2,700 acres along the Chesapeake Bay and Rhode River, offering nature trails, canoeing through wetlands, and an opportunity to see the center's scientists at work. Programs for students: At the center: group outdoor activities involving marsh, forest, and river. Materials: Audiovisual and computer-based materials; posters. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning; teacher resource library; newsletter.

New Jersey
10.281
Invention Factory Science Center
,

650 S. Broad St.,

Trenton, NJ 08611-1822

(609) 396-2002

Regional science and technology center, with emphasis on telecommunications and distance learning, located in an 1890 machine shop; exhibits and programs focused on biotechnology, energy, the environment, materials science, telecommunications, and transportation. Programs for students: At the center: programs for school groups; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs, with an emphasis on distance learning. Materials: Science to Go (lending kits of hands-on materials); computer-based materials, including Pathways to Science and Technology, a learning system to facilitate access to offerings in the center and around the region. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning; teacher resource center; Teacher Pathways, an on-line information service; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.282
Liberty Science Center
,

Liberty State Park,

251 Phillip St.,

Jersey City, NJ 07305-4699

(201) 451-0006

http://www.lsc.org

Science center with more than 250 interactive exhibits in science and technology, an Omnimax theater, and a science theater. Programs for students: At the center: courses; films; presentations; hands-on exhibits. At schools: assembly programs and demonstrations. Materials: Hands-on activity books; previsit materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.283
The Newark Museum
,

49 Washington St.,

Newark, NJ 07101

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 540, Newark, NJ 07101-0540)

(201) 596-6550

General museum with a planetarium and a small zoo, emphasizing astronomy and the life and earth sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; planetarium shows; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs, including a portable planetarium. Materials: Extensive lending collections of science objects (charts; models; and plant, geological, and animal specimens); teacher's guides.

10.284
The New Jersey State Aquarium at Camden
,

One Riverside Dr.,

Camden, NJ 08103-1060

(609) 365-3300

Aquarium with a 760,000-gallon open-ocean exhibit and an outdoor exhibit of seals; emphasis on marine and aquatic life. Programs for students: At the aquarium: classroom, amphitheater, and auditorium programs; hands-on exhibits. At schools: classroom and auditorium programs with live animals. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.285
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
,

165 Hobart Ave.,

Summit, NJ 07901-2908

(908) 273-8787

Arboretum and botanical garden on 12.5 acres, with wet and dry woodlands, glacial kettle holes, fields, lawns, and formal gardens; emphasis on botany, geology, and ecology. Programs for students: At the arboretum: guided tours; field studies for student groups. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; curriculum guidelines; teacher's guides.

10.286
The Wetlands Institute
,

1075 Stone Harbor Blvd.,

Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424

(609) 368-1211

Scientific research and public education institute, with an aquarium, a salt marsh trail, and a discovery room; concerned with environmental sciences, intertidal salt marshes, and coastal ecosystems. Programs for students: At the institute: classes; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity booklets complementing school programs at the institute; pre-/postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on marine sciences and estuarine ecosystems; teacher resource center; newsletter.

New York
10.287
American Museum of Natural History
,

Central Park West at 79th Street,

New York, NY 10024

(212) 769-5300

World-renowned, research-driven museum with an education department founded in 1884, a separate planetarium (Hayden Planetarium), Naturemax theater (IMAX), a discovery room, and a natural science center; emphasis on anthropology, astronomy, paleontology, many branches of zoology, and mineral sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: education programs; guided tours; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.288
American Museum of Natural History—Hayden Planetarium
,

81st Street and Central Park West,

New York, NY 10024

(212) 769-5920

Renowned planetarium, with a sky theater (for planetarium), a space theater (with 22 screens), and several museum halls, focused on astronomy, meteorology, and space science. Programs for students: At the planetarium: planetarium shows. Materials: Lists of recommended hands-on activity books and of audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops in astronomy and space science; occasional student/teacher workshops; extensive course program in astronomy, meteorology, aviation, and celestial navigation.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.289
Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation
,

Boardwalk and West 8th Street,

Brooklyn, NY 11224

(718) 265-3448

Indoor/outdoor facility on 13 acres, with more than 3,400 live specimens (including beluga whales, dolphins, walruses, fish, sharks, and thousands of invertebrates), and featuring Discovery Cove, an award-winning building with a touch-it tank, devoted to hands-on science education; emphasis on coastal habitats and adaptations for survival. Programs for students: At the aquarium: classes; guided/self-guided tours; workshops; interactive exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books and sheets; teacher's guides; kits with curriculum units, resources, and bibliographies. Education and support for teachers: Pre-/in-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning, with an interdisciplinary approach.

10.290
Aquarium of Niagara
,

701 Whirlpool St.,

Niagara Falls, NY 14301

(716) 285-3575;

(800) 500-4609

Aquarium with a touch tank and more than 1,500 specimens of aquatic life in about 40 exhibits; emphasis on marine biology and the ecology of the Great Lakes. Programs for students: At the aquarium: classes; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; workshops; newsletter.

10.291
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park
,

Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road,

Bronx, NY 10460

(Mailing address: 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460)

(718) 220-5100

http://www.wcs.org

Zoo, with a wide range of teacher-training and hands-on student programs, focused on animals, habitats, adaptations, and conservation. Programs for students: At the zoo: hands-on exhibits; classes; guided/self-guided tours. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; curriculum and audiovisual materials; catalog of materials; magazine for students. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and seminars on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter; magazine, Wildlife Conservation.

10.292
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
,

1000 Washington Ave.,

Brooklyn, NY 11225-1099

(718) 622-4433

Research-based botanic garden with a museum, conservatory, herbarium, teaching greenhouses, and a children's discovery center and garden; leader in formal and informal science education for 80 years. Programs for students: At the garden: workshops; garden explorations; guided tours; field trips. At schools: indoor gardening facilities; hands-on science curricula. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; previsit and audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.293
The Brooklyn Children's Museum
,

145 Brooklyn Ave.,

Brooklyn, NY 11213

(718) 735-4400

World's first children's museum, now housed in a modern, underground building, with a resource library and greenhouse; emphasizes natural science, culture, and history. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; hands-on exhibits; guided tours; field trips. Materials: Lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; loans of objects from natural history collection. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning.

10.294
Buffalo Museum of Science
,

1020 Humboldt Pkwy.,

Buffalo, NY 14211-1293

(716) 896-5200

Natural history museum, with an observatory, a solar observatory, a 260-acre nature preserve, a science magnet school, and a hands-on discovery room; focused on botany, zoology, geology, paleontology, astronomy, and the environment. Programs for students: At the museum: classes, hands-on exhibits, guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Object-based teaching kits and live plants and animals for loan; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Exhibit-related, in-service workshops on hands-on learning, offered by the museum's Center for Science Education; teacher-support program; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.295
The Corning Museum of Glass
,

One Museum Way,

Corning, NY 14830-2253

(607) 937-5371, ext. 231

http://www.pennynet.org/glmuseum/corningm.htm

Museum focused on the history, art, science, and technology of glass. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; field trips; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; fact sheets; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops.

10.296
DNA Learning Center
,

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory,

One Bungtown Rd.,

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724-2219

(516) 367-7240

Science center, at the site of a leading genetics research laboratory, focused on molecular genetics and biotechnology. Programs for students: At the center: classes; field trips; hands-on exhibits; summer workshops on genetics and biochemistry for students in grades 5-8. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; lectures; instructional materials.

10.297
The Hicksville Gregory Museum
,

Heitz Place,

Hicksville, NY 11801

(Mailing address: Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville, NY 11801)

(516) 822-7505

Long Island's earth science center, with a primary collection of minerals and fossils, augmented by exhibits on local geology and water resources. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Postvisit materials; rocks and minerals kits and narrated slide sets for loan. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on earth science topics and the local environment; newsletter.

10.298
Institute of Ecosystem Studies
,

Rte. 44A,

Millbrook, NY 12545

(Mailing address: Box R, Millbrook, NY 12545-0178)

(914) 677-5343

Research and education institute with outdoor trails and exhibits, focusing on ecology and environmental science. Programs for students: At the institute and at schools: programs teaching ecology through direct investigations. Materials: Curriculum guides on ecological inquiry. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on schoolyard ecology and on learning through inquiry; newsletter.

10.299
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology
,

500 S. Franklin St.,

Syracuse, NY 13202-1245

(315) 425-9068

http://www.rway.com/most

Science and technology museum with a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and a teacher resource center. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; interactive planetarium presentations; curriculum-related workshops. At schools: traveling science program; portable planetarium shows. Materials: Hands-on activity books; loan kits; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.300
The New York Botanical Garden
,

200th Street and Southern Boulevard,

Bronx, NY 10458

(718) 817-8700

Research-based, 250-acre botanical garden and arboretum with a conservatory; focused on plant development, plant-and-animal relationships, and the study of ecology and habitats. Programs for students: At the garden: workshops; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.301
New York Hall of Science
,

47-01 111th St.,

Flushing Meadows,

Corona Park, NY 11368

(718) 699-0005

Science center, with more than 150 interactive exhibits emphasizing physical and life sciences. Programs for students: At the center: student workshops; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; multimedia reference library; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.302
New York State Museum
,

Rm. 3099,

Cultural Education Center,

Empire State Plaza,

Albany, NY 12230

(Mailing address: Rm. 3099 CEC, Albany, NY 12230)

(518) 474-5877

Oldest and largest state museum in the country, focusing on the geology, biology, anthropology, and history of New York State. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; hands-on exhibits; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs, including alliance with local magnet school. Materials: Lending boxes with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit suggestions. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.303
Roberson Museum and Science Center
,

30 Front St.,

Binghamton, NY 13905,

and Kopernik Space Education Center,

698 Underwood Rd.,

Vestal, NY 13850

Roberson Museum: (607) 772-0660

Kopernik Center: (607) 748-3685

http://www.kopernik.org

General and science museum with Link Planetarium (including 50 hands-on exhibits) and, nearby, Kopernik Center (Roberson's public observatory, with 3 observatories and 5 science labs, designed for young people); focused on astronomy, earth and physical sciences, technology, and computers. Programs for students: At the museum and center: hands-on exhibits; classes; guided tours; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.304
Rochester Museum and Science Center
,

657 East Ave.,

Rochester, NY 14603

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1480, Rochester, NY 14603-1480)

(716) 271-4320

Large center, composed of the Rochester Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Gannett School of Science and Man, and nearby Cumming Nature Center; focused on astronomy, botany, and the earth, space, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the museum and nature center: programs and classes for school groups; self-guided tours. At the Gannett School: classes; workshops; expeditions. At the planetarium: shows. At the nature center: classes for school groups. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning.

10.305
Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
,

Nott Terrace Heights,

Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 382-7890

General museum with a planetarium, and a 90-acre nature preserve in nearby Niskayuna, N.Y.; emphasis on physics, chemistry, human perception, space, geology, health, animals, and plants. Programs for students: At the museum and nature center: hands-on exhibits; classes; planetarium programs. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Lending trunks of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Teacher workshops.

10.306
Schoellkopf Geological Museum
,

New York State Parks,

Niagara Region,

Robert Moses State Parkway, near Man Street,

Niagara Falls, NY 14303

(Mailing address: New York State Parks, Western District, Niagara Region, Niagara Reservation, P.O. Box 1132, Niagara Falls, NY 14303-0132)

(716) 278-1780

Geology museum located in a state park on the site of a former hydroelectric-generating complex; emphasis on local geology and the history of Niagara Falls. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours. Education and support for teachers: Letter-answering service.

10.307
Science Museum of Long Island
,

Leeds Pond Preserve,

1526 N. Plandome Rd.,

Manhasset, NY 11030

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Plandome, NY 11030)

(516) 627-9400

Regional science activity center and nature center on a 36-acre wildlife preserve; focused on a broad range of life, physical, and earth sciences and on natural history, ecology, mathematics, and technology. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on classes and exhibits; demonstrations; guided/self-guided tours; field trips; field studies. At schools: hands-on classes; demonstrations for large audiences; science-on-wheels van. Materials: Loan of live animals and plants. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; expeditions.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.308
Staten Island Children's Museum
,

1000 Richmond Terrace at Snug Harbor,

Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 273-2060

General museum for children, with emphasis on integrating the performing, visual, literary, and musical arts to teach science content. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.309
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences
,

75 Stuyvesant Pl.,

Staten Island, NY 10301-1998

(718) 727-1135

General museum, with science focus on the life and earth sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided/self-guided tours; field trips; hands-on exhibits. At Staten Island schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials; lending boxes of hands-on materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on environmental education.

10.310
Staten Island Zoo
,

614 Broadway,

Staten Island, NY 10310

(718) 442-3100

http://www.earthcom.net/˜sizoo

Zoo, with a noted reptile collection, an aquarium, tropical forest and African savannah exhibits, and a children's center with domestic farm animals. Programs for students: At the zoo: programs for school groups; field studies. At schools: Traveling Zoo. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides and instructional materials; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops on science content and hands-on learning; internships for recent graduates.

Pennsylvania
10.311
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
,

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,

Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195

(215) 299-1000

http://www.acnatsci.org

Research-based natural history museum, focused on biology, zoology, earth science, geology, paleontology, natural history, and ecology. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs with live animals. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum units on ecological topics with hands-on materials; education handbooks. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and miniconferences on science content and hands-on learning; Environmental Education Resource Manual (for Philadelphia teachers); safari overnights in museum.

10.312
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
,

4400 Forbes Ave.,

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

(412) 622-3131

http://www.clpgh.org/cmnh

Research-based natural history museum, with a discovery room and an educational loan collection of more than 4,000 specimens and artifacts, including thematic kits; emphasis on paleontology, geology, life sciences, archaeology, and anthropology. Programs for students: At the museum: classes; guided interpretive tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; thematic kits; curriculum materials; natural history publications; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service courses on science content and hands-on learning; workshops.

10.313
Carnegie Science Center
,

One Allegheny Ave.,

Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5850

(412) 237-3400

http://www.csc.clpgh.org

Science and technology center, with more than 250 hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, a submarine, an Omnimax theater, and Sciquest—an exhibit designed specifically for the middle school audience. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; discovery labs for further explorations; demonstrations. At schools: outreach programs for assembly or classroom-sized groups. Materials: Hands-on activity books to supplement field trips; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: Workshops to enhance science and mathematics education.

10.314
Erie Zoo
,

Erie Zoological Society,

423 W. 38th St.,

Erie, PA 16508

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 3268, Erie, PA 16508-0268)

(814) 864-4091

Zoological park and botanical garden with more than 300 animals and over 450 species of plants,

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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with a children's zoo. Programs for students: At the zoo: guided/self-guided tours; presentations; classes. Materials: Lending boxes with thematic units, materials, and activities; audiovisual materials; "tour totes" for self-guided tours. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.315
The Franklin Institute Science Museum
,

20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway,

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(Mailing address: 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19130)

(215) 448-1200

http://www.fi.edu

http://www.sln.org (Science Learning Network)

World-renowned science and technology museum, with a planetarium and Omniverse theater; covers a broad range of sciences, technology, and mathematics. Programs for students: At the museum: interactive exhibits; self-guided tours; Omniverse films; theater presentations; demonstrations; workshops; Internet exploration; summer science camp. At schools: assembly programs. Materials: Science activity kits; teacher's guides; materials for self-guided tours. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content, telecomputing, and hands-on learning; leadership programs.

10.316
The Museum of Scientific Discovery
,

Strawberry Square,

Third and Walnut,

Harrisburg, PA 17108

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 934, Harrisburg, PA 17108)

(717) 233-7969

Science and technology center, with discovery labs and a discovery bar for interactive demonstrations; emphasizes physics, earth sciences, biology, health, mathematics, and technology. Programs for students: At the center: discovery lab workshops (enhanced field trip workshops); more than 100 participatory presentations and demonstrations; more than 100 interactive exhibits. At schools: outreach assembly programs; hands-on workshops; portable planetarium; Pennsylvania chapter of Science-by-Mail (national student/scientist pen pal program for grades 4-9). Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.317
National Aviary in Pittsburgh
,

Allegheny Commons West Park,

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

(412) 323-7235

A zoo for birds—more than 450, representing 225 species—with 5 discovery stations and a botanical garden. Programs for students: At the aviary: guided/self-guided tours; classes; discovery workshops; bird shows; hands-on exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials; newsletter for students. Education and support for teachers: Environmental discovery workshops and in-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.318
The North Museum of Natural History and Science
,

Franklin and Marshall College,

400 College Ave.,

Lancaster, PA 17604

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003)

(717) 291-3941

Museum of natural history and science, with a planetarium, herpetarium, and hands-on discovery room. Programs for students: At the museum: interactive tours; hands-on exhibits; planetarium shows; field trips; 8-week, award-winning summer science program. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; lending boxes of hands-on materials. Education and support for teachers: Newsletter.

10.319
Philadelphia Zoological Garden
,

3400 W. Girard Ave.,

Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196

(215) 243-1100

http://www.phillyzoo.org

Zoo and botanical collection on 42 acres, with 1,600 animals representing 500 species. Programs for students: At the zoo: classes; guided tours; field trips; animal demonstrations; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.320
Stroud Water Research Center
,

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia,

970 Spencer Rd.,

Avondale, PA 19311

(610) 268-2153

Stream research laboratory of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, focusing on watersheds and the conservation of water resources. Programs for students: At the center: programs for school groups; field studies. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Leaf Pack Experiment (curriculum packet on streamside forests and stream ecology). Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and institutes on science content and hands-on learning; speakers bureau.

10.321
Wagner Free Institute of Science
,

1700 W. Montgomery Ave.,

Philadelphia, PA 19121

(215) 763-6529

Historic museum, focused primarily on natural history, geology, and paleontology. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on classes; guided tours; lectures. Materials: Exhibit worksheets. Education and support for teachers: Courses, lectures, and workshops on science content; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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NEW ENGLAND REGION
Connecticut
10.322
The Discovery Museum
,

4450 Park Ave.,

Bridgeport, CT 06604

(203) 372-3521

Museum focusing on the physical sciences and the arts, with a planetarium and a Challenger Learning Center. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; classes for school groups. At schools: participatory programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; audiovisual and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.323
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
,

10 N. Water St.,

Norwalk, CT 06854

(203) 852-0700

Aquarium and maritime history museum with an IMAX theater; a primary participant in the JASON Project and The Voyage of the Mimi (oceanography curriculums); focused on marine and environmental sciences and ecology. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on exhibits; classes; JASON-and Mimi-related programs; guided/self-guided tours; marine biology and ecology cruises; coastal field programs. At schools: outreach programs with hands-on activities. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; audiovisual and supplemental materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; teacher resource room; newsletter.

10.324
Mystic Marinelife Aquarium
,

55 Coogan Blvd.,

Mystic, CT 06355

(Mailing address: 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355-1997)

(860) 572-5955

Aquarium and marine-life museum with a marine theater. Programs for students: At the aquarium: programs for school groups; hands-on exhibits; interpretation of exhibits. At the aquarium and at schools within a 75-mile radius: workshops for students from prekindergarten through college. At field sites (salt marshes and estuary): field study programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; pre-/during-/postvisit activity kits; fact sheets and research updates. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning, at the aquarium, at schools, and in the field.

10.325
Science Center of Connecticut
,

950 Trout Brook Dr.,

West Hartford, CT 06119

(860) 231-2824

Science and technology center, with a planetarium, a center with live animals and a touch tank, a computer laboratory, interactive mathematics exhibits, and an affiliated nature center focused on environmental education and outdoor learning experiences. Programs for students: At the center: more than 50 hands-on programs for school groups; summer and school vacation science sessions; hands-on exhibits; exhibit scavenger hunts. At schools: outreach programs, including the Wizard's Lab traveling science show. Materials: Curriculum activities. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on integration of hands-on science activities in the classroom; Internet training sessions; curriculum design consultation.

Maine
10.326
The Children's Museum of Maine
,

142 Free St.,

Portland, ME 04101

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 4041, Portland, ME 04101)

(207) 828-1234

Children's museum with a computer lab and a hands-on science bar, for children ages 1-14, with an interdisciplinary approach to the sciences, arts, and humanities, and special emphasis on science. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; demonstrations; after-school curriculum program; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Curriculum units with hands-on materials; supplemental activities. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.327
Maine State Museum
,

Library-Museum-Archives Building,

State House Complex,

Augusta, ME 04333

(Mailing address: State House Station 83, Augusta, ME 04333)

(207) 287-2301

State museum serving as a repository for the historic and prehistoric evidence of Maine's past, with science programs and exhibits emphasizing

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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natural history, prehistory, engineering, and technology. Programs for students: At the museum: formal education classes, including hands-on gallery programs and guided tours. Materials: Loans of archaeological artifacts; exhibit guides; resource kit of materials, slides, and teacher's guide to natural fibers; video production on Maine's only mammoth. Education and support for teachers: Annual 1-week field school in archaeology; upon request, additional information on science-related topics of museum exhibits.

10.328
Mount Desert Oceanarium
,

172 Clark Point Rd.,

Southwest Harbor,

ME 04679

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 696, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679)

(207) 244-7330

Oceanarium, lobster museum, lobster hatchery and marsh walk, located at 2 sites near each other, emphasizing marine life, natural history, aquaculture, and commercial fishing in Maine. Programs for students: At the sites: programs for school groups, featuring live animals; guided/self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Massachusetts
10.329
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
,

Rte. 6A,

Brewster, MA 02631

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 1710, Brewster, MA 02631)

(508) 896-3867

Museum with aquariums; interactive exhibits; and a trail system traversing woodlands, salt marsh, beach, and tidal estuaries; emphasis on natural history, with a strong Cape Cod focus. Programs for students: At the museum: simulated archaeological dig; guided/self-guided tours; off-site field studies; marine science cruises. At schools: programs during and after school. Materials: Loans of science-enrichment kits; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on natural history topics and hands-on learning; teacher resource library; newsletter.

10.330
The Children's Museum
,

Museum Wharf,

300 Congress St.,

Boston, MA 02210-1034

(617) 426-6500

Children's museum with strong physical and life science components; produces exhibits that travel to other science/discovery museums, demonstrating principles of physical science with everyday objects. Programs for students: At the museum: self-guided tours; visits guided by museum educators; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; multimedia rental kits on more than 25 topics in natural history and physical science; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; resource center.

10.331
Harvard Museums of Cultural and Natural History
,

Harvard University,

26 Oxford St.,

Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 495-2341

Four university museums of international renown: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Botanical Museum, and Mineralogical Museum. Programs for students: At the museums: guided tours; hands-on exhibits; hour-long programs for school groups on themes suggested by exhibited materials. Education and support for teachers: At a school's request: in-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.332
Museum of Science
,

Science Park,

Boston, MA 02114-1099

(617) 723-2500

http://www.mos.org

Renowned museum, housing 400 permanent exhibits on the process of science and on natural history and the physical sciences, with 3 staffed discovery spaces, a planetarium, an OMNI theater, and the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; demonstrations; more than 25 programs for school groups; field studies; science theater presentations; Science-by-Mail (national student/scientist pen pal program for grades 4-9). At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Science kits on 16 topics; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content, hands-on learning, and the Internet.

10.333
New England Aquarium
,

Central Wharf,

Boston, MA 02110-3399

(617) 973-5200

http://www.neaq.org

Aquarium with an education center featuring 2 learning studios, a wet lab, and an aquarium library; focused on aquatic education and conservation. Programs for students: At the aquarium: guided tours; demonstrations; whale-watch trips and exploration of local

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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marine life by boat. At schools: assemblies; class programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; audiovisual, computer-based, and supplemental materials; teaching kits; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; information service; teacher resource center; newsletter.

10.334
New England Science Center
,

222 Harrington Way,

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 791-9211

Museum and wildlife center focused on environmental science, earth systems, and global change, with an observatory, a planetarium/omnisphere, a telecommunications center, a children's discovery room, and more than 100 animals (27 species) and 60 acres that include nature trails, streams, ponds, and wetland areas. Programs for students: At the center: classes; guided tours; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs, including semester or year-long collaborative programs. Materials: Teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; library.

10.335
Springfield Science Museum
,

236 State St.,

Springfield, MA 01103

(413) 733-1194

Regional museum with 10 exhibit halls, including an exploration center; focused on natural history, physical science, and anthropology. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; participatory day-trip programs; guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Activity kits for rent; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service seminars and workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

New Hampshire
10.336
Audubon Society of New Hampshire
,

3 Silk Farm Rd.,

Concord, NH 03301-8200

(603) 224-9909

Organization that operates the following: Concord Audubon Center in Concord, N.H.; Paradise Point Nature Center in Hebron, N.H.; Loon Preservation Center in Moultonboro, N.H.; Seacoast Science Center in Rye, N.H.; Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, N.H.; and more than 50 other wildlife sanctuaries, critical habitat areas, and easements throughout the state. Programs for students: At the centers: hands-on exhibits; programs; guided/self-guided tours; field trips. At schools: extensive, participatory, environmental education programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides; audiovisual materials for loan. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning, some on national programs, some at teachers' schools, many in summer; newsletter.

10.337
Seacoast Science Center
,

Rte. 1A, at Odiorne Point State Park,

Rye, NH 03870

(Mailing address: 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870)

(603) 436-8043

Aquarium and environmental education center at a 300-acre park featuring 7 distinct habitats; focused on marine and coastal biology, natural sciences, and cultural history. Programs for students: At the center: outdoor classes; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs, with live animals. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides with activities for classes at the center; pre-/postvisit activities. Education and support for teachers: Seasonal workshops; newsletter.

Rhode Island
10.338
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
,

12 Sanderson Rd.,

Smithfield, RI 02917

(401) 949-5454

Headquarters for a 78-acre habitat area and other wildlife refuges, and location of the Teacher Resource Center, a statewide lending library of environmental materials. Programs for students: At refuges and at schools: field trip programs led by Audubon educators. At schools: hands-on outreach programs. Materials: Lending boxes; hands-on activity books; curriculum units with hands-on materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

10.339
Museum of Natural History
,

Roger Williams Park,

Providence, RI 02905

(401) 785-9450

http://ids.net/˜cormack_pl/museum.html

Natural history museum, with a planetarium, an education center, and teacher resource center; focused on environmental, life, earth and space sciences, and material culture. Programs for students: At the museum: interactive, discovery-based science workshops. Materials: Loan kits of natural history objects. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on the teaching and learning of science.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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10.340
Roger Williams Park Zoo
,

1000 Elmwood Ave.,

Providence, RI 02907-3600

(401) 785-3510

One of America's first zoos, with more than 900 animals on 42 acres in naturalistic settings, arranged in geographical sections including the Plains of Africa, Tropical America, Madagascar, Australasia, and the Marco Polo Trail. Programs for students: At the zoo: programs for school groups; guided/self-guided tours. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending kits. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; summer institutes; individual consulting; newsletter.

10.341
Thames Science Center
,

77 Long Wharf,

Newport, RI 02840

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 194, Newport, RI 02840)

(401) 849-6966

Regional science museum, with a marine touch tank, emphasizing biological, physical, and applied sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: programs for school groups; hands-on exhibits; guided tours; scientist inventors program. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning.

Vermont
10.342
The Discovery Museum
,

51 Park St.,

Essex Junction, VT 05452

(802) 878-8687

Science museum for grades K-12, with a planetarium and a 1950s-style diner in which students participate in hands-on experiments; emphasis on the physical, natural, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the museum: participatory exhibits; classes and workshops; guided tours; planetarium shows; field trips. At schools: classroom workshops and experiments. Materials: Lending kits with hands-on materials; supplemental activities; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: Teacher training sessions; newsletter.

10.343
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
,

Main and Prospect,

St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

(802) 748-2372

http://www.genghis.com/fairbanks/museum.htm

General museum and planetarium, also including the Northern New England Weather Center, offering instructional programs in biology, ecology, meteorology, astronomy, geology, and physics. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on natural history exhibits; classes. At field study sites: programs. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Curriculum materials; audiovisual materials; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; lending library of science materials.

10.344
Montshire Museum of Science
,

Montshire Road,

Norwich, VT 05055

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 770, Norwich, VT 05055)

(802) 649-2200

Science museum and education center, with 100 acres of woodland and trails along the Connecticut River; focused on the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Programs for students: At the museum: workshops; classes; self-guided tours; field trips; hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. At schools: hands-on exhibits; portable planetarium; "rent-a-scientist" programs. Materials: Teacher's guides; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops and courses on science content and hands-on learning.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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CANADA
10.345
The Calgary Science Centre
,

701 11th St., S.W.,

Calgary, Alberta,

Canada T2P 2M5

(Mailing address: Box 2100, Stn. M, Loc. Code #73, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 2M5)

(403) 221-3701

Science center, including a multimedia science theater with Digistar projector, exhibit hall, and a science demonstration area. Programs for students: At the center: programs for school groups; science demonstrations; hands-on exhibits; science theater presentations; multimedia shows; science and technology competitions. At schools: inflatable planetarium. Materials: Teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: Professional development program associated with a 1-week class experience at the science center for grades 4-6 (teacher-directed program with guidance from campus coordinator and volunteer experts).

10.346
National Museum of Science and Technology
,

1867 St. Laurent Blvd.,

Ottawa,

Ontario,

Canada K1G 5A3

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 9724, Ottawa Terminal, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1G 5A3)

(613) 991-3044

Science and technology museum, emphasizing physical and space sciences, computers, and technology. Programs for students: At the museum: hands-on exhibits; guided tours; programs for school groups. Materials: Teacher's guides; audiovisual materials; pre-/postvisit materials and activity sheets available to program participants; catalog of materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.347
Ontario Science Centre
,

770 Don Mills Rd.,

Don Mills,

Ontario,

Canada M3C 1T3

(416) 429-4100

http://www.osc.on.ca

Renowned science center, with a Challenger Learning Center, an Omnimax theater, and numerous hands-on exhibits focused on the life, physical, earth, and space sciences. Programs for students: At the center: hands-on participatory workshops; presentations to school groups; programs to accompany films; hands-on exhibits. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit materials. Education and support for teachers: Workshops.

10.348
Saskatchewan Science Centre
,

Winnipeg Street and Wascana Drive,

Regina,

Saskatchewan,

Canada S4P 3M3

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 5071, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4P 3M3)

(306) 791-7900

http://www.sciencecentre.saskweb.com

Science center in 2 facilities: an IMAX theater and a Powerhouse of Discovery with more than 80 hands-on exhibits; emphasis on the physical, life, and environmental sciences. Programs for students: At the center: shows; demonstrations; programs for school groups; table-top science experiences; workshops. At schools: outreach programs. Materials: Hands-on activity books; lending boxes of hands-on materials; teacher's guides. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.349
Science North
,

100 Ramsey Lake Rd.,

Sudbury,

Ontario,

Canada P3E 5S9

(705) 522-3701

http://sciencenorth.on.ca

Northern Ontario's original science center, with an IMAX theater, nickel mine, fossil lab, and solar telescope; focused on the physical, life, earth, space, environmental, and information sciences, and technology. Programs for students: At the center: classes; interactive workshops; hands-on exhibits; field trips. At schools: outreach programs; traveling exhibits. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guide. Education and support for teachers: In-service workshops on science content and hands-on learning; newsletter.

10.350
SCIENCE WORLD British Columbia
,

1455 Quebec St.,

Vancouver,

British Columbia,

Canada V6A 3Z7

(604) 443-7440

http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca

Science center with an Omnimax theater, emphasizing all the sciences, technology, and mathematics. Programs for students: At the

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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center: interactive displays; shows; demonstrations; workshops. At schools throughout British Columbia: science presentations and hands-on displays. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher's guides; pre-/postvisit and computer-based materials. Education and support for teachers: In-service education on science content and hands-on learning; lecture series; newsletter.

10.351
Vancouver Aquarium, Canada's Pacific National Aquarium
,

in Stanley Park,

Vancouver,

British Columbia,

Canada V6B 3X8

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 3232, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 3X8)

http://www.vancouver-aquarium.org

Canada's Pacific National Aquarium, dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research, and direct action. Programs for students: At the aquarium: self-guided tours; hands-on exhibits; field trips; curriculum-based school programs; overnight programs. At schools: aquavan; aquakits; speakers bureau. Materials: Hands-on activity books; teacher resource manual and pre-/postvisit materials with each formal on-site program; fact sheets. Education and support for teachers: Pre-/in-service workshops on hands-on, curriculum-based activities for teaching life sciences in the classroom; newsletter.

Suggested Citation:"10. Museums and Other Places to Visit." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. 1998. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5774.
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With age-appropriate, inquiry-centered curriculum materials and sound teaching practices, middle school science can capture the interest and energy of adolescent students and expand their understanding of the world around them.

Resources for Teaching Middle School Science, developed by the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), is a valuable tool for identifying and selecting effective science curriculum materials that will engage students in grades 6 through 8. The volume describes more than 400 curriculum titles that are aligned with the National Science Education Standards.

This completely new guide follows on the success of Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science, the first in the NSRC series of annotated guides to hands-on, inquiry-centered curriculum materials and other resources for science teachers.

The curriculum materials in the new guide are grouped in five chapters by scientific area--Physical Science, Life Science, Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science, and Multidisciplinary and Applied Science. They are also grouped by type--core materials, supplementary units, and science activity books.

Each annotation of curriculum material includes a recommended grade level, a description of the activities involved and of what students can be expected to learn, a list of accompanying materials, a reading level, and ordering information.

The curriculum materials included in this book were selected by panels of teachers and scientists using evaluation criteria developed for the guide. The criteria reflect and incorporate goals and principles of the National Science Education Standards. The annotations designate the specific content standards on which these curriculum pieces focus.

In addition to the curriculum chapters, the guide contains six chapters of diverse resources that are directly relevant to middle school science. Among these is a chapter on educational software and multimedia programs, chapters on books about science and teaching, directories and guides to science trade books, and periodicals for teachers and students.

Another section features institutional resources. One chapter lists about 600 science centers, museums, and zoos where teachers can take middle school students for interactive science experiences. Another chapter describes nearly 140 professional associations and U.S. government agencies that offer resources and assistance.

Authoritative, extensive, and thoroughly indexed--and the only guide of its kind--Resources for Teaching Middle School Science will be the most used book on the shelf for science teachers, school administrators, teacher trainers, science curriculum specialists, advocates of hands-on science teaching, and concerned parents.

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