List of science centers in the United States

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This is a List of science centers in the United States. AAM and ASTC member centers are granted institutional benefits and may offer benefits to individuals through purchased or granted individual memberships as well. ASTC offers a "passport" that allows for free general entry at all other participating ASTC member centers outside of a 90-mile radius of home.[1] AAM offers a similar program that offers benefits to individuals.[2]

AAM accredited museums have obtained a seal of approval from the AAM Accreditation Program that ensures a museum's "commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement."[3]

This is a comprehensive list of ASTC centers, but it is not comprehensive for AAM museums. Any type of museum can be associated with AAM, whereas ASTC associates specifically with science centers and technology-based collections.

Name City State AAM[4] Accredited AAM[5] Member ASTC[6] Member ASTC[6] Passport
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village Salem Oregon No No Yes Yes
A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Houghton Michigan No No No ?
The Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia Pennsylvania Yes No Yes Yes
The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum Chicago Illinois Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Zoo Portage Michigan No Yes No ?
Alabama Museum of Health Sciences Birmingham Alabama No No No ?
American Computer Museum Bozeman Montana No No No ?
American Museum of Natural History New York New York Yes No Yes No
American Museum of Radio and Electricity Bellingham Washington No No No ?
American Museum of Science & Energy Oak Ridge Tennessee No Yes Yes Yes
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Imaginarium Discovery Center Anchorage Alaska Yes No Yes Yes
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Ann Arbor Michigan No No Yes Yes
Anniston Museum of Natural History Anniston Alabama Yes No Yes Yes
Arizona Science Center Phoenix Arizona No No Yes Yes
The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Pine Bluff Arkansas Yes Yes No ?
Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory Cocoa Florida No No Yes Yes
Austin Children's Museum Austin Texas No No Yes Yes
Aviation Museum of Kentucky Lexington Kentucky No Yes No ?
The Bakken Library and Museum Minneapolis Minnesota No No Yes Yes
Barlow Planetarium Menasha Wisconsin No No Yes Yes
Bell Museum of Natural History Minneapolis Minnesota No No Yes Yes
Bergen Museum of Art & Science Hackensack New Jersey No No No ?
Berkshire Museum Pittsfield Massachusetts No No Yes Yes
Bernice P. Bishop Museum Honolulu Hawaii Yes No No ?
Birch Aquarium at Scripps La Jolla California No No Yes No
Birds of Vermont Museum Huntington Vermont No No No ?
Bishop Museum Honolulu Hawaii No No Yes Yes
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Dayton Ohio Yes Yes Yes Yes
Boston Children's Museum Boston Massachusetts No No Yes Yes
Bradbury Science Museum Los Alamos New Mexico No No No ?
The Brooklyn Children's Museum Brooklyn New York Yes No Yes Yes
Bruce Museum Greenwich Connecticut No No Yes Yes
Buffalo Museum of Science Buffalo New York Yes Yes Yes Yes
Burpee Museum of Natural History Rockford Illinois No No Yes Yes
California Academy of Sciences San Francisco California Yes No Yes No
California Science Center Los Angeles California Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cape Fear Museum of History & Science Wilmington North Carolina Yes Yes Yes Yes
Carnegie Science Center Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chabot Space & Science Center Oakland California No No Yes Yes
Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee Tallahassee Florida No No Yes Yes
Chemical Heritage Foundation Philadelphia Pennsylvania No No No ?
Chicago Children's Museum Chicago Illinois No No Yes Yes
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose San Jose California No No Yes No
The Children's Museum West Hartford Connecticut No No Yes Yes
Children's Museum of Houston Houston Texas No No Yes Yes
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Indianapolis Indiana Yes No Yes No
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania No No Yes Yes
The Children's Museum of Science and Technology Troy New York No No Yes Yes
Cincinnati Museum Center (Museum of Natural History & Science) Cincinnati Ohio No No Yes Yes
Clark Planetarium Salt Lake City Utah No No Yes Yes
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Cleveland Ohio Yes No Yes Yes
Columbia Memorial Space Center Downey California No No Yes Yes
Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology (CREHST) Richland Washington No No Yes Yes
Computer History Museum Mountain View California No Yes No ?
Connecticut Science Center Hartford Connecticut No No Yes No
COSI Columbus Ohio No No Yes Yes
Cranbrook Institute of Science Bloomfield Hills Michigan Yes No Yes Yes
Creative Discovery Museum Chattanooga Tennessee No Yes Yes No
Da Vinci Science Center Allentown Pennsylvania No No Yes Yes
Defense Nuclear Weapons School Albuquerque New Mexico No Yes No ?
Delaware Museum of Natural History Wilmington Delaware No No Yes Yes
Denver Museum of Nature & Science Denver Colorado Yes No Yes Yes
Detroit Science Center Detroit Michigan No No Yes Yes
DigiBarn Computer Museum Boulder Creek California No No No ?
The Discovery Center of Idaho, Inc. Boise Idaho No No Yes Yes
Discovery Gateway Salt Lake City Utah No No Yes Yes
Discovery Museum Sacramento California No Yes Yes Yes
Discovery Museum, Inc. Bridgeport Connecticut No No Yes Yes
Discovery Place, Inc. Charlotte North Carolina Yes Yes Yes Yes
Discovery Science Center Santa Ana California No No Yes Yes
The Discovery Science Place Tyler Texas No Yes Yes Yes
Discovery Station Hagerstown Maryland No No Yes Yes
Discovery World Milwaukee Wisconsin No No Yes Yes
Dittrick Museum of Medical History Cleveland Ohio No No No ?
Don Harrington Discovery Center Amarillo Texas No No Yes Yes
Durango Discovery Museum Durango Colorado No No Yes Yes
EAA AirVenture Museum Oshkosh Wisconsin Yes No Yes Yes
East Kentucky Science Center Prestonsburg Kentucky No No No ?
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Burlington Vermont No No Yes Yes
EcoTarium Worcester Massachusetts No No Yes Yes
EdVenture Children's Museum Columbia South Carolina No No Yes No
Eli Whitney Museum Hamden Connecticut No No No ?
Emerald Coast Science Center Fort Walton Beach Florida No Yes Yes Yes
Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science Evansville Indiana Yes No Yes Yes
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum McMinnville Oregon No No Yes Yes
Exhibit Museum of Natural History Ann Arbor Michigan No No Yes Yes
Explora Albuquerque New Mexico No No Yes Yes
Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center Wichita Kansas No Yes Yes Yes
Exploratorium San Francisco California No Yes Yes No
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium St. Johnsbury Vermont Yes No Yes Yes
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Miami Florida Yes No Yes Yes
Fernbank Museum of Natural History Atlanta Georgia Yes No Yes Yes
Fernbank Science Center Atlanta Georgia No No Yes Yes
The Field Museum of Natural History Chicago Illinois Yes No Yes Yes
Flint Children's Museum Flint Michigan No No Yes Yes
Flint Hills Discovery Center Manhattan Kansas No Yes Yes Yes
Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville Florida Yes No Yes Yes
Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center Fort Collins Colorado No No Yes Yes
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Fort Worth Texas Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Franklin Institute Philadelphia Pennsylvania Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science (closed) Fresno California No No No ?
Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and Science (closed) New Hyde Park New York No No No ?
Great Explorations Children's Museum Saint Petersburg Florida No No Yes Yes
Great Lakes Science Center Cleveland Ohio No No Yes Yes
Great Valley Nature Center Devault Pennsylvania No No Yes Yes
Greensboro Science Center, Inc. Greensboro North Carolina Yes No Yes Yes
Grout Museum District: Bluedorn Science Imaginarium Waterloo Iowa Yes No Yes Yes
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center Mobile Alabama No No Yes Yes
Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Buford Georgia No No No ?
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology (Brown University) Providence Rhode Island No No Yes Yes
Hagley Museum and Library Wilmington Delaware Yes No Yes Yes
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo San Jose California No No Yes Yes
Harvard Museum of Natural History Cambridge Massachusetts No No Yes Yes
The Health Museum Houston Texas No Yes Yes Yes
The Henry Ford Dearborn Michigan Yes Yes No ?
Hopewell Museum Paris Kentucky No No Yes Yes
Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston Texas Yes No No ?
Hudson River Museum Yonkers New York Yes No No ?
Humboldt State University Natural History Museum Arcata California No No Yes Yes
Huntington Botanical Gardens San Marino California No No Yes No
Imaginarium Anchorage Alaska No Yes No ?
Imagination Station Lafayette Indiana No No Yes Yes
Imagination Station Science Museum Wilson North Carolina No No Yes Yes
Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii Hilo Hawaii No No Yes No
Impression 5 Science Center Lansing Michigan No No Yes Yes
Information Age Learning Center Wall New Jersey No No Yes No
International Museum of Art & Science McAllen Texas Yes Yes No ?
International Museum of Surgical Science Chicago Illinois No No Yes Yes
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum New York New York No No Yes Yes
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena California No No Yes No
Kalamazoo Valley Museum Kalamazoo Michigan Yes Yes No ?
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Hutchinson Kansas No No Yes No
Kern County Museum Bakersfield California No No Yes No
Kidspace Children's Museum Pasadena California No No Yes No
Kingman Museum Battle Creek Michigan No No Yes Yes
Kopernik Observatory & Science Center Vestal New York No No Yes Yes
Lake County Discovery Museum Wauconda Illinois Yes No Yes No
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences Peoria Illinois Yes No Yes Yes
Las Vegas Natural History Museum Las Vegas Nevada No No Yes Yes
Lawrence Hall of Science Berkeley California No No Yes Yes
Liberty Science Center Jersey City New Jersey No Yes Yes Yes
Lied Discovery Children's Museum Las Vegas Nevada No No Yes Yes
Lindsay Wildlife Museum Walnut Creek California Yes No Yes Yes
Louisiana Arts and Science Museum Baton Rouge Louisiana Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kentucky Science Center Louisville Kentucky No No Yes Yes
Lowell Observatory Flagstaff Arizona No No Yes Yes
Madison Children's Museum Madison Wisconsin No No Yes Yes
Maine Discovery Museum Bangor Maine No No Yes Yes
Marian Koshland Science Museum Washington District of Columbia No No Yes No
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science Tallahassee Florida No No Yes Yes
Maryland Science Center Baltimore Maryland No No Yes Yes
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Concord New Hampshire No No Yes Yes
McWane Science Center Birmingham Alabama No No Yes Yes
Miami Science Museum Miami Florida Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mid-America Science Museum Hot Springs Arkansas No No Yes Yes
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Poughkeepsie New York No No Yes Yes
Milwaukee Public Museum Milwaukee Wisconsin Yes No Yes Yes
Minnetrista Muncie Indiana No No Yes Yes
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Jackson Mississippi Yes Yes Yes Yes
MIT Museum Cambridge Massachusetts Yes No Yes No
Montshire Museum of Science Norwich Vermont No No Yes No
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Chapel Hill North Carolina No No Yes Yes
MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) Tampa Florida Yes No Yes Yes
The Museum of Arts & Sciences Macon Georgia Yes Yes Yes Yes
Museum of Arts and Sciences Daytona Beach Florida Yes Yes Yes Yes
Museum of Discovery Little Rock Arkansas Yes No Yes Yes
Museum of Discovery and Science Fort Lauderdale Florida No No Yes Yes
The Museum of Flight Seattle Washington Yes Yes Yes Yes
Museum of Life and Science Durham North Carolina No No Yes Yes
Museum of Mathematics New York New York No No Yes No
Museum of Nature & Science Dallas Texas No No Yes Yes
Museum of Science Boston Massachusetts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville, Inc. Jacksonville Florida Yes Yes Yes Yes
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Illinois Yes Yes Yes Yes
Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research Institution Ithaca New York No No Yes Yes
Museum of the Rockies Bozeman Montana Yes No Yes Yes
Mütter Museum Philadelphia Pennsylvania No Yes No ?
National Air and Space Museum Washington District of Columbia Yes No No ?
National Atomic Testing Museum Las Vegas Nevada No Yes No ?
National Children's Museum National Harbor Maryland No No Yes No
National Cryptologic Museum Fort Meade Maryland No No No ?
National Electronics Museum Linthicum Maryland No Yes No ?
National Museum of American History Washington District of Columbia Yes No Yes No
National Museum of Dentistry Baltimore Maryland No Yes No ?
National Museum of Health and Medicine Washington District of Columbia No Yes No ?
National Museum of Natural History Washington District of Columbia Yes No Yes No
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Albuquerque New Mexico No Yes Yes No
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden Colorado No No Yes No
National Soaring Museum Elmira New York No Yes No ?
National Science Center (Fort Discovery) Augusta Georgia No No Yes No
National Watch and Clock Museum Columbia Pennsylvania No No Yes Yes
Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks Tupper Lake New York No Yes No ?
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits Los Angeles California Yes No Yes Yes
Naval Undersea Museum Keyport Washington Yes No No ?
New England Wireless and Steam Museum East Greenwich Rhode Island No Yes No ?
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Albuquerque New Mexico Yes Yes Yes Yes
The New Mexico Museum of Space History Alamogordo New Mexico Yes No Yes Yes
New York Hall of Science Queens New York No No Yes Yes
New York State Museum Albany New York No No No No
New York Transit Museum Brooklyn Heights New York No No Yes Yes
The Newark Museum Newark New Jersey Yes No Yes Yes
Niagara Science Museum Niagara Falls New York No No No ?
North Carolina Arboretum Asheville North Carolina No No Yes No
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science Durham North Carolina No No No ?
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Raleigh North Carolina Yes No Yes Yes
Northern Maine Museum of Science Presque Isle Maine No No No ?
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum Galveston Texas No Yes No ?
Omaha Children's Museum Omaha Nebraska No No Yes Yes
Omniplex Science Museum Oklahoma City Oklahoma No No No ?
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Portland Oregon No Yes Yes Yes
Orlando Science Center Orlando Florida Yes No Yes Yes
Orpheum Children's Science Museum Champaign Illinois No Yes Yes Yes
Pacific Science Center Seattle Washington No Yes Yes Yes
Paper Discovery Center Appleton Wisconsin No No Yes Yes
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago Illinois Yes No Yes Yes
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Midland Texas No Yes No ?
Pink Palace Family of Museums Memphis Tennessee No No Yes Yes
Providence Children's Museum Providence Rhode Island No No Yes Yes
Putnam Museum Davenport Iowa Yes No Yes Yes
Randall Museum San Francisco California No No Yes Yes
Raven Hill Discovery Center Boyne City Michigan No No No No
Reading Public Museum Reading Pennsylvania Yes No Yes Yes
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center San Diego California No No Yes Yes
Rhode Island Computer Museum North Kingstown Rhode Island No No No ?
Roberson Museum and Science Center Binghamton New York Yes No Yes Yes
Rochester Museum & Science Center Rochester New York Yes Yes Yes Yes
Roper Mountain Science Center Greenville South Carolina No No Yes Yes
Saint Louis Science Center St. Louis Missouri Yes Yes Yes Yes
San Diego Natural History Museum San Diego California Yes No Yes Yes
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara California Yes No Yes Yes
Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York Watertown New York No No Yes Yes
Science Center of Pinellas County, Inc. Saint Petersburg Florida No No Yes No
Science City at Union Station Kansas City Missouri No No Yes Yes
Science Discovery Center of Oneonta Oneonta New York No No Yes Yes
Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium Eugene Oregon No No Yes Yes
Science Museum of Minnesota St. Paul Minnesota Yes Yes Yes Yes
Science Museum of Virginia Richmond Virginia Yes No Yes Yes
Science Museum Oklahoma Oklahoma City Oklahoma Yes Yes Yes Yes
Science Spectrum Lubbock Texas No No Yes Yes
Sciencenter Ithaca New York Yes Yes Yes Yes
SciWorks, The Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County Winston-Salem North Carolina No Yes Yes Yes
Sony Wonder Technology Lab New York New York No Yes No ?
South Florida Science Museum, Inc. West Palm Beach Florida No No Yes Yes
Southern Museum of Flight Birmingham Alabama No No Yes Yes
spectrUM Discovery Area Missoula Montana No No Yes Yes
Springfield Museums Association Springfield Massachusetts Yes No Yes Yes
Stafford Air & Space Museum Weatherford Oklahoma No No No ?
Staten Island Children's Museum Staten Island New York No No Yes Yes
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences Staten Island New York No Yes No ?
Stepping Stones Museum for Children Norwalk Connecticut No No Yes Yes
Sternberg Museum of Natural History Hays Kansas No No Yes Yes
The Tech Museum San Jose California No No Yes Yes
Trolley Museum of New York Kingston New York No Yes No ?
Tulsa Air and Space Museum Tulsa Oklahoma No No No ?
Turtle Bay Exploration Park Redding California No No Yes Yes
U.S. Space & Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama No No Yes Yes
United States Army Medical Department Museum San Antonio Texas Yes No No ?
University of Kansas Natural History Museum Lawrence Kansas No No Yes Yes
University of Nebraska State Museum Lincoln Nebraska Yes No Yes Yes
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History Eugene Oregon No No Yes Yes
Utah Museum of Natural History Salt Lake City Utah Yes No Yes Yes
Virginia Air and Space Center Hampton Virginia No No Yes Yes
Virginia Discovery Museum Charlottesville Virginia No No Yes Yes
Virginia Living Museum Newport News Virginia Yes No Yes Yes
Virginia Museum of Natural History Martinsville Virginia Yes No Yes Yes
Warren Anatomical Museum Boston Massachusetts No No No ?
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Sioux Falls South Dakota Yes Yes No ?
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts Harrisburg Pennsylvania No No Yes Yes
The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks Tupper Lake New York No No Yes No
William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Canton Ohio No No No ?
Witte Museum San Antonio Texas Yes No Yes Yes
WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology Bloomington Indiana No No Yes Yes
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole Massachusetts No No Yes Yes
The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology Newark Ohio No No Yes Yes
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History New Haven Connecticut No No Yes Yes
Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum San Francisco California No No Yes Yes

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASTC - Passport Program". astc.org. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ "AAM Membership Benefits". aam-us.org. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Accreditation". aam-us.org. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  4. ^ "List of Accredited Museums". aam-us.org. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  5. ^ "AAM Member Museum Directory". aam-us.org. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  6. ^ a b "ASTC - Find a Science Center". astc.org. Retrieved 2012-03-07.