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junko.yoshida
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Re: Bay Area Museums
junko.yoshida   8/4/2014 5:19:26 PM
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@TonyTib, oh, we love Deutches Museum in Munich! Every time when I used to cover Electronica in Munich, I secretely plotted my travel plan so that i could set aside a weekend to go to Deutishes Museum (and Christmas Market at Marienplatz)!

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junko.yoshida   8/4/2014 5:15:48 PM
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@Paul, COSI looks like fun! Thanks for the recommendation. So, COSI stands for  Ohio's "Center of Science and Industry." I see. 

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Re: For those in the UK
junko.yoshida   8/4/2014 5:11:07 PM
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Thanks, dgreigml1! So this is a part of the Univ. of Glasgow...sounds great.

Yes, we welcome the international list -- because after all we do travel globally!

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Paul Glaubitz   8/4/2014 11:34:35 AM
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Way to reduce the cost:

If you are likely to go to several science based museums (especially if there is one local to you) consider getting a membership to one of them. Many offer discounts to members of related museums.

 

City Museum:

I can attest to the appeal to kids of all ages for this one. A few years ago I went to the City Museum while in St.Louis for the FIRST World Championship (Robotics competition). Our group had 3rd through 11th graders. They all put it at the top of their list for favorite part of the trip outside the competition. It is a bit more playground than many museums, but some experiences are best when you get your hands dirty...

 

COSI (Columbus, OH)

I gotta put a plug in for the one near me. If you are in Central Ohio COSI is worth checking out.

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Re: For those in the UK
krisi   8/4/2014 11:10:57 AM
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Free to attend...so who pays for it? government? (nothing wrong with it, just curious)

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For those in the UK
dgreigml1   8/4/2014 6:44:39 AM
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http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/

The Huntarian is resplendent.

Inspirational for a kid, a bit like a 4 year old waking up on Christmas morn and finding a mega Meccano set under the bed.

Free admission as well, even parking is free.

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Re: Bay Area Museums
_hm   8/3/2014 6:18:18 AM
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It need not be huge museum. What is required is small Community Science Center with equally active and creative curator.

Weekly (weekend( small workshop with hands-on approach is more effective. The theme and display articles can be elf created or can be moved around chain of these types of center around country. It may need more volunteers.

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Re: Bay Area Museums
krisi   8/1/2014 4:27:43 PM
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It doesn't really matter whether I can afford museum trips or not...ultimately the money has to come from somewhere...it is either

i) government paying for it (higher general taxation)

ii) corporate sponsorship

iii) lower operating costs (too high executive compensation?)

iv) users fees

all I am saying it is not enough to say the fees are too high, you have to point where the funding will come from instead

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Re: Bay Area Museums
TonyTib   8/1/2014 4:06:02 PM
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It's nice to know money isn't a problem for you, but for most of us those admissions price are substantial chunk of change, and not very kid friendly (especially since kids get tired pretty quickly: my rule is 2-3 hours max, so 2 visits of 3 hours is much better than 1 visit of 6 hours)


I frankly don't care what they charge, but it affects my decisions.  That's why I haven't been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in over a decade (it's nice, but overrated, and not worth it - for the same price I'd rather go to the Cal Academy).  So if they want fewer people to visit, fine.

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TonyTib   8/1/2014 3:59:30 PM
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I believe the Cal Academy's free Weds were sponsered by a bank (Wells Fargo?)

Bank of America offers free admittance to some museums (such as the Tech IIRC) if you're a cardholder.

And, yes, the Deutsches Musuem in Munich is pretty kid friendly.

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