Sarah's Science Museum Page
To see how this page came to be - read notes at the bottom.
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Sarah's science museum page was established because she loves to go to science centers, but there was no adequate resource on the web giving links to science centers. Site reviews on other pages:
- Mark W. Maimone: The main problems with this site:
- The last update was 3 1/2 years ago. This is unfortuate, because his page contains reviews of centers visited. This can still be very useful information, if the center you want to visit has
- I attempted to contact him regarding corrections / additions, and add to reviews of centers I know very well - and received no response. If you are going to maintain a site, you must be
responsive to changes.
- It is short on creative html techniques
- Tryscience.com is a good site, but:
- I find it clumsy to navigate. Instead of defaulting to the United States, you have to scroll through the countries in alphabetical order. When you change states, the only option is to go back
to the country scroll bar - not directly back to the states. Their drop down list is not functional much of the time - leaving you no option but to click on their clickable map, which has
hundreds of microscopic clickable dots - almost impossible to localize and get what you want.
- It lists several natural history museums, art museums, and space camp type museums in with the science centers. Most kids will like some types but not others. My daughter is bored by natural
history museums. Almost all kids will universally be bored by art museums. I looked at every single link I posted here. I had one criteria in mind: would Sarah stay in it over 5 minutes. So
everything I list on this site is not boring, and not lame. Some are lame-ish, like little kids museums, but Sarah still likes some of those exhibits - so I left them for now.
- Many centers do not have web links. If somebody is on the web, it is because they do not want to waste time calling or writing. No web link - means no listing on my page! Am I the only one who
finds the idea of a science center that has no web link to be wierd? They ought to be on the forefront of a new technology.
- I had links to some science centers they did not, and some of their links were old (re-directed by the centers to new URL's).
- The information page dedicated to each science center has "contact museum for details" on price, hours, and location, etc. The whole idea of an information page is to give information so you
won't have to go looking on the center's own site.
- BIG annoyance - frames! The web site for individual centers opens in a disclaimer frame (BLEAH). This makes it difficult to bookmark or add to favorites.
- Another BIG annoyance - center links open in new windows, adding to window clutter on the desktop.
- Science Adventures:
- Outdated and missing web links
- Clumsy navigation, from drop down lists - although MUCH more reliable than Tryscience.
- Still crams all museums into the science category.
- The Association of Children's Museums
- Children's Museums are sometimes aimed at very young kids, so be careful if you have older kids. You don't want them to have a colossally lame time!
This page is provided as a public service. It has limitations, too - it is limited to US and Canadian science centers only. If you have a center you want listed, or a correction to a listing,
please send email to:
I am sorry I can only provide a graphical version of my email address, but it foils the bulk emailers from finding my email address.