10 Best Nerdy Places to Visit (Part II: Science & History)
With 19 museums, 9 research centers, and affiliates worldwide, the Smithsonian Institute is a wealth of knowledge; enough to pique everyone’s interest on at least one topic. From ‘Air and Space’ to ‘African Art’ to the ‘National Zoo,’ visit their website to find a full listing of their locations.
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Very Large Array:
Located outside of Socorro, New Mexico, this astronomical radio observatory consists of 27 radio antennas. These antenna have been pointed towards the sky for decades and have helped astronomers make numerous discoveries including finding ice on Mercury.
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Cabinet War Rooms:
Located in London, this underground bunker sheltered and served as the British government command center during World War II. It displays many of the technologies used during the war.
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Probably one of, if not the best planetariums located in the U.S. (New York in fact). Directed by Neil deGrasse Tyson himself, this planetarium offers daily shows on the birth of the universe through the use of an incredible full-dome, high-resolution video system in its Hayden Sphere Star Theatre.
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Soudan Underground Mine State Park:
“This 19th-century iron mine in the boreal forests of Minnesota has been repurposed as one of the deepest physics experiments in North America—and the deepest that’s open to the public. In this subterranean lab, a neutrino detector looks for changes in subatomic particles emitted 460 miles away at the Fermilab particle accelerator. Another experiment searches for dark matter. Visitors take a three-minute mine-cage ride for a physics lesson half a mile below the Earth.” (Popular Science)
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Located in Italy, this museumhouses Galileo’s tools (even a couple of his fingers), as well as many artifacts from the 15th to 19th centuries, many of which were pioneering scientific instruments.
Center for PostNatural History:
The center houses and displays organisms that have been altered by humans through methods like selective breeding and genetic engineering. It’s located in Pennsylvania.
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Henry Mercer, a 19th-century anthropologist, wanted future generations to know what the past looked like. He began collecting handmade objects that were slowly becoming obsolete and displayed them in a 6-story concrete castle he made near his home. Today the collection, located in Pennsylvania, houses nearly 40,000 objects.
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“Body Worlds is a traveling exhibit created by Gunther Van Hagens, who invented a plastination technique to preserve real human bodies. The exhibit features real human bodies doing different physical and mental activities, allowing people to see the exact nature of the inside of the human body.” (BuzzFeed)
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Also known as CERN, this laboratory is where physicists study particles and hope to learn more about the fundamental laws of nature. Some of the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used study the basic parts of matter here, including the famous Hadron Collider.
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Everything around us is made up by science and history…I’ve clearly only begun to scratch the surface with this list of fantastically nerdy spots! What science or history locations have I missed -what would you add to the list? Let me know below! Also, don’t forget to keep a look out for Part III (movie film sets) of nerdy locations to visit. The final installment will focus on movie film locations of all your favorite geeky flicks.