10 Best Nerdy Places to Visit (Part II: Science & History)

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A week and half ago I introduced you to many of the best generally nerdy locations you need to visit in my Nerdy Places to Visit (Part I: General Geek) post. Today I’m going to take you on a tour of the best geeky places to visit related to science & history in Part II of the series! Time to pack your bags once more, because we’re hitting the road on another nerdy road trip.

Smithsonian Institute
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.

Smithsonian Institute
photo credit: David Paul Ohmer

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.

Very Large Array
photo credit: snowpeak

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.

Cabinet War Room
photo credit: roger4336

Hayden Planetarium
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.

Hayden Planetarium
photo credit: James Webb Space Telescope

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)

Sudan Underground Mine
photo credit: roy.luck

Museo Galileo:
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.

Museo Galileo
photo credit: muse_web

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.

Cnter for Post Natural HIstory
photo credit: Center for PostNatural History

Mercer Museum:
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.

Mercer Musuem
photo credit: Jim, the Photographer

Body Worlds:
“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)

Body Worlds exhibit
photo credit: Nick J Webb

European Organization for Nuclear Research:
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.

CERN collider
photo credit: µµ

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.









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