Every Friday, I serve up a list of five things worth knowing about.
This week, it's great museums with a focus on technology, science, and innovation around New England. After all, it's mid-August, the kids are out of school for a few more weeks, you may have out-of-town guests, you may be traveling. Why not soak up some air-conditioned learnin'?
- Museum of Science, Boston, MA. Juggling, 3-D digital cinema, laser shows, a Paul MacCready human-powered aircraft, a hands-on computer lab, and a Van de Graaff lightening generator. You could easily spend a weekend here...
- Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, MA. Lowell's sprawling textile mills represent one of the epicenters of the Industrial Revolution in America.
- Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT. New England's newest science museum, with exhibits on healthy eating, clean energy, space, and sound. Plus, live shows about climate change and aerodynamics.
- The Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, ME. Cars, bikes, planes, boats, carriages: just about every mode of transport is accounted for here. It's a special treat to be at Owls Head for one of their big events, like an antique auto auction or an airshow. (Two runners-up in the transportation category: Heritage Museum's galleries of guns and antique autos, on Cape Cod, and the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.)
What other museums are on your must-visit list?