Technology Around the Globe

Traveling by rail across the country, observing the world from a satellite view, reaching new planets… In these museums in Asia, America and Australia, you can discover exciting parts of technological progress.

SCMaglev and Railway Park in Nagoya,. Photo: Fotolia - coward lion

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park in Nagoya. Photo: Fotolia – coward lion

ASIA

China

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum – Shanghai

The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in Shanghai. Photo: Fotolia - paveldvorak

The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in Shanghai. Photo: Fotolia – paveldvorak

Among other exhibits, China showcases its space development in this museum. On display are objects from information technology, the aerospace industry and a comprehensive collection of exhibits from natural history to the high tech.

Highlights: Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou V and various rockets

Kids will love: ‘Train of Science’ with interactive programs

Admission: Adults: 45 CNY, Kids (6–18): 22 CNY

en.sstm.org.cn

Japan

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park – Nagoya

SCMaglev and Railway Park in Nagoya. Photo: coward lion

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park in Nagoya. Photo: coward lion

Here, railway fans get their money’s worth. Trains important to the Japanese rail history are featured in the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

Highlights: Railroad history relics, the Shinkansen, a Shinkansen simulator

Kids will love: A special playroom lets kids experience the railway up close

Admission: Adults: 1,000 JPY, Kids: 200 JPY

museum.jr-central.co.jp/en/

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology – Nagoya

Loom Toyota Museum in Nagoya. Photo: Fotolia - vadiml

Toyota Museum in Nagoya. Photo: Fotolia – vadiml

The Toyota Commemorative Museum gives insight into the life of Toyota Founder Sakichi Toyoda and exhibits not only automobiles but also the machines of the textile industry. It also highlights the Japanese automotive industry and industrial modernization.

Highlights: Old circular looms, early Toyota car production facilities

Kids will love: Children’s Area and library, specially designed wind tunnel

Admission: Adults: 500 JPY, Children: 200 JPY

www.tcmit.org/english/

South Korea

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum – Seogwipo

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Seogwipo. Photo: Screenshot

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Seogwipo. Photo: Screenshot

Explorer and Cartoonist Robert L. Ripley collected curiosities on his travels to 198 countries, which are on display in this museum.

Highlights: Models of the world’s tallest human, the heaviest human, the longest neck, and extraordinary vehicles

Admission: Adults: 12,000 KRW, Youths (14-19): 11,000 KRW, Kids (4-13): 10,000 KRW

ripleysjeju.com/

Samsung Innovation Museum – Suwon

Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon. Photo: Samsung

The Samsung Innovation Museum is all about the electronics industry and all that Samsung Electronic has achieved in the IT industry.

Highlights: Technical innovations in electronics, lighting and telecommunications, with a focus on Samsung products

Admission: Free

www.samsunginnovationmuseum.com/

OCEANIA

Australia

Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum – Carnarvon

The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum in Carnarvon. Photo: Fotolia Ritu Jethani.

The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum in Carnarvon. Photo: Fotolia – Ritu Jethani.

Everything here revolves around space travel and satellite technology. It also pays tribute to Australia’s role in the US space program in the 1960s and 1970s.

Highlights: Launchers and satellite transmission stations

Admission: Adults: 10 AUD, Kids: 6 AUD

www.carnarvonmuseum.org.au/

Museums Discovery Centre – New South Wales

Museums Discovery Centre in New South Wales. Photo: Fotolia - monkey business

Museums Discovery Centre in New South Wales. Photo: Fotolia – monkey business

The Museums Discovery Centre (MDC) is a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), the Australian Museum (AM) and the Sydney Living Museum. It deals with innovative technologies that have changed the life of humanity – from the industrial age to the present.

Highlights: Experimental exhibits, Workshops

Kids will love: School programs

Admission: Adults: 10 AUD, free for Under-16s

maas.museum/museums-discovery-centre/

The Nostalgia Box – Perth

The Nostalgia Box in Perth. Photo: The Nostalgia Box

The Nostalgia Box in Perth. Photo: The Nostalgia Box

In Western Australia, 70’s childhood memories are revived! This interactive video game museum displays old game consoles and early PC software.

Tickets must be booked online in advance. This ensures that everyone can play at the console of their choice and the museum is not overcrowded.

Highlights: Interactive gaming

Kids will love: School holidays program

Admission: Adults: 17 AUD, Kids: 12 AUD

www.thenostalgiabox.com.au

New Zealand

Museum of Transport and Technology – Auckland

The Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland. Photo: Fotolia - Sean Heatle

The Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland. Photo: Fotolia – Sean Heatle

At the “MOTAT”, it’s all about transport. You will find everything from steam locomotives to carriages and fire engines to exhibits for space travel.

The museum is divided into two locations, each housing a collection – one of aircraft, one of terrestrial vehicles. A dedicated tram line with historic vehicles connects the two locations for the visitor.

Highlights: Flying boats from Pan American World Airways can be found outdoors, model railroad

Kids will love: Early childhood education programs

Admission: Adults: 19 NZD, Kids: 10 NZD, free for Under-5s

www.motat.org.nz

NORTH AMERICA

Canada

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre – Sault Ste. Marie

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault-Ste. Marie. Photo: Fotolia - Robert Cocquyt

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. Photo: Fotolia – Robert Cocquyt

Here, visitors will not only find a large collection of typical bush pilot aircraft, but also everything related to the history of bush-flying and forest conservation in Canada.

Highlights: Flight simulator, 3D presentation on firefighting with aircraft

Kids will love: Educational programs, Kids’ Flight Center

Admission: Adults: 13.50 CAD, Kids: 3 CAD

bushplane.com/

Canada Aviation and Space Museum – Ottawa

Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. Photo: Ingenium

Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. Photo: Ingenium

The national aviation museum of Canada is a Mecca for all aviation enthusiasts. It mainly features military aircraft from all over the world, as well as a cross section of the machines of the Canadian Air Force and their engines.

Highlights: Space exhibition, biplane from Germany (1st World War)

Kids will love: School program

Admission: Adults: 15 CAD, Kids (3-17): 10 CAD

ingeniumcanada.org/aviation/index.php

Science World – Vancouver

TELUS World of Science in Vancouver. Photo: Telus World of Science

Science World in Vancouver. Photo: Telus World of Science

Canada’s scientific Disneyland presents the world of science in a family-friendly format. Special attention is given to academic education.

Highlights: Multi-sensory Birdly flight simulator – flying as a virtual reality experience

Kids will love: Technology and physics experiments

Admission: Adults: 27.15 CAD, Kids (3–12) accompanied by an adult: 18.15 CAD

www.scienceworld.ca

US

Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Photo: J.B. Spector Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Photo: J.B. Spector Museum of Science and Industry

Visitors to the Museum of Science and Industry experience physics and chemistry up close, with explanations of natural phenomena and on-site experiments.

Highlights: Visit to an old coal mine, the German submarine U 505 – captured by the United States during the Second World War

Kids will love: live and interactive experiments, Wow-Tour with a look behind the scenes

Admission: Adults: 21.95 USD, Kids (3-11): 12.95 USD

msichicago.org

San Diego Air and Space Museum – San Diego

San Diego Air and Space Museum in San Diego. Photo: Fotolia - auremar.

San Diego Air and Space Museum in San Diego. Photo: Fotolia – auremar.

The San Diego Air and Space Museum is one of the world’s leading aerospace museums. A large film and audio archive as well as special World War II exhibitions and the world’s only GPS satellite on display await visitors.

Highlights: Flight simulators, 3D/4D cinema

Kids will love: Workshops, Summer Camps, Little Engineers for Kids between three and five.

Admission: Adults: 19.95 USD, Kids (3-11): 10.95 USD, Kids (0-2): Free

sandiegoairandspace.org

The Smithsonian – Washington

The Smithsonian Museum in Wahington. Photo: Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Museum in Washington. Photo: Smithsonian

Everything about art, design, science, technology, history and culture can be found here, in the largest collection in the world, spread across 19 museums, galleries and gardens in Washington, D.C. and New York. There are an incredible 154 million artifacts to discover.

Highlights: Space Shuttle Discovery and the Apollo 11 Capsule

Kids will love: Interactive games and the Learning Lab

Admission: Free, with fees for some special exhibits

www.si.edu

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil

Museo do Amanhã – Rio de Janeiro

Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Bernard Lessa

Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Bernard Lessa

Back to the future, in the heart of Brazil, in a science museum that promotes the discovery, contemplation and planning of the possibilities of the future.

Highlights: 360-Degree dome with a one-of-a-kind virtual journey through the cosmos

Kids will love: Interactive learning experiences on the cultural history of Brazil, and the days of slavery

Admission: Adults: 20 BRL, Kids: 10 BRL, Tuesdays free admission for all

www.museudoamanha.org.br

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