Science tourism

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**1. Museums and Science Centers:**

– Nobel Museum in Sweden
– Sweden Solar System in greater Stockholm
– Heureka in Vantaa, Finland
– Deutsches Museum in Central Europe
– Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany
– Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen
– Science Museum London
– Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology in Milan
– Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow
– Ostankino Tower in Moscow
– Exploratorium in San Francisco
– Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral
– National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
– National Museum of Mathematics in New York
– Space Center Houston in Texas
– Powerhouse Museum in Oceania
– Questacon in Australia
– Ontario Science Centre in Toronto
– South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
– James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace and Museum in Edinburgh

**2. Laboratories and Research Centers:**

– European Organization for Nuclear Research
– CEA with divisions in nuclear energy and life sciences
– CEA Saclay for nuclear research reactors
– DESY in Hamburg
– National Physical Laboratory
– DOE Laboratories in the United States
– 17 national laboratories funded by the DOE
Research areas include new materials, energy resources, and environmental cleanup
– Public tours available at laboratories like Ames, Argonne, Brookhaven, Fermi, and Lawrence Berkeley

**3. Observatories:**

– ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre
– European Space Agency’s Columbus Control Centre
– Stjerneborg observatory in Sweden
– University Observatory Vienna
– Mt Graham, Kitt Peak, McDonald, Fred Lawrence Whipple, and Lowell Observatories
– Mt Graham International Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory
– NRAO Very Large Array and Green Bank Observatory
– La Silla Observatory and Paranal Observatory in South America
– Atacama Large Millimeter Array/submillimeter Array in Chile
– Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in South Africa
– KAT-7, MeerKAT, PAPER, and SKA telescopes in South Africa

**4. Universities and Education:**

– Prestigious universities attracting excellent scientists
– Campuses open to the public with permission
– Offering public lectures on ongoing research
– Reserved for students and working faculty
– Special permits required on weekends or holidays

**5. Other Notable Sites:**

– Boltzmann’s, Schwinger’s, and Schrödinger’s graves
– Hofmeyr Skull supporting Out of Africa theory
– Groote Schuur Hospital, the site of the first human heart transplant

Science tourism (Wikipedia)

Science tourism is a travel topic grouping scientific attractions. It covers interests in visiting and exploring scientific landmarks, including museums, laboratories, observatories and universities. It also includes visits to see events of scientific interest, such as solar eclipses.

A laboratory is a workplace and many have ongoing scientific research. They may not be open to the general public, or may only offer occasional special opportunities for public access. Many observatories are open to the public at regular hours, and have tours showcasing their astronomical research.

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