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Space Exploration

Children’s museums around the country offer unique opportunities to explore our solar system and beyond. Through hands-on exhibits, interactions with world renowned astronomers and planetariums that literally take you on a journey to the outer realms, these museums bring space a lot closer to home.

Featured Exhibits & Planetariums

Maine Discovery MuseumMaine Discovery Museum
Exhibit Gallery "Mission: Discovery"
Bangor, ME

This hands-on exhibit explores gravity, acceleration, robotics, astronomy and more. "Freeze" your shadow, grab a "moon rock," and race balls down the tracks.

Children's Museum of IndianapolisThe Children's Museum of Indianapolis
SpaceQuest® Planetarium
Indianapolis, IN

The museum has a 130-seat SpaceQuest® Planetarium, featuring a Digistar® sky projection system, which is part of the children's museum.

Visitors can see the stars of the Indiana night sky, learn how a telescope works, fly past the Milky Way galaxy to see beautiful nebluae, stars born from dust, and explosions of dying stars. The museum offers a variety of shows for all ages.

The museum’s Cosmic Quest web resources section offers a comprehensive collection of space-related information including biographers of famous astronomers, a detailed outline of various space crafts and satellites and a field guide to the universe.Visit Cosmic Quest >

Kidspace Children's MuseumKidspace Children's Museum
Kidspace Star Lab Inflatable Planetarium
Pasadena, CA

For a unique experience, visit the Kidspace inflatable planetarium. As the museum describes, their educators “introduce standard constellations to Star Lab visitors and they also share cultural anecdotes to accompany each star group, including Greek, African, and Native American stories.  With inflatable models of our planets, Kidspace Educators teach about our solar system and answer many questions, including our favorite: why is Pluto not a planet? (Kidspace Board member Dr. Mike Brown can be blamed for this.  You can learn more in his book titled How I Killed Pluto, and Why it Had it Coming.)”

The museum is also home to the newly opened Gavin Physics Forest, a completely interactive outdoor space in which children can actively learn about physics with a bottle rocket, tennis ball launcher, sun spotter and ten other exhibits. Learn more about the Physics Forest >

More Children’s Museums with Planetariums

Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa, AL

Children's Science Explorium
Boca Raton, FL

Children's Museum of Illinois
Decatur, IL

Discovery Center Museum
Rockford, IL

Cape Cod Children's Museum
Mashpee, MA

Children's Museum and Theatreof Maine
Portland, ME

Curious Kids' Museum
St. Joseph, MI

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
Poughkeepsie, NY

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Dayton, OH

Exploration Place
Wichita, KS

Don Harrington Discovery Center and Space Theater
Amarillo, TX

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
Fort Worth, TX

Virginia Discovery Museum
Charlottesville, VA

The Portsmouth Museums - Children's Museum of Virginia
Portsmouth, VA

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
Winchester, VA

International Museums

London Regional Children's Museum
London, Ontario CANADA

Papalote Museo del Nino
Mexico, D.F.

The Children's Museum Jordan
Amman, Jordan

Association of Children's Museums

This directory was created with the support of the Association of Children's Museums, the clearinghouse for data and opportunities for the children's museum field. ACM serves as an advocate and resource for children’s museums, diverse community institutions that provide essential play-based learning experiences for children and families.
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