Desert Botanical Gardens
Discover the beauty of desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden, a living museum featuring more than 500,000 plants, including rare, threatened and endangered species. Acitivities include tours, workshops, seasonal exhibits, events and concerts, as well as the opportunity to shop for unique items in the gift and plant shop or dine at Gertrude's.
Arizona Science Center
One of the premier science centers in the nation, Arizona Science Center houses four levels of exciting hands-on exhibits. The Center is home to Evans Family SkyCycle, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium, the Irene P. Flinn Theater, featuring a 5-story giant screen, and CREATE at Arizona Science Center, a 6,500-square-foot community makerspace.
The Heard Museum enchants visitors from all over with the art, culture and history of Native Americans in the Southwest. With 12 exhibit galleries, an education center, a shop featuring genuine Native American art, a boutique bookstore and both indoor and outdoor dining, the Heard Museum is a place of learning, discovery and unforgettable experiences.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Located on the site of the historic Porter property, Tucson Botanical Gardens has been named by Reader’s Digest as the BEST secret garden in America. Among mature trees and expertly cultivated foliage, specialty gardens such as the Cactus & Succulent Garden, Barrio Garden and Herb Garden highlight the diversity of native plants while offering a lush oasis in the heart of Tucson. Tropical butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion Oct.–May. Experience year-round tours, community events, classes and art exhibits, as well as the creative, seasonal menu of Café Botanica. Now celebrating 40 years of living beauty, Tucson Botanical Gardens is a unique gem not to be missed.
National Aquarium Baltimore
The nonprofit National Aquarium opened in 1981 as the jewel of Baltimore City's Inner Harbor redevelopment. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top three aquariums and has hosted more than 51 million guests. Visitors experience more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats celebrating all natural environments, from the Chesapeake Bay to the world’s coral reefs, and from the ocean’s depths to the tropical rainforest canopy.
The Barnes Foundation
The legendary Barnes Foundation is home to the largest collection of Renoir paintings in the world, plus impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist masterpieces alongside ironwork, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture. Step into our galleries for an art experience like no other. Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh hang next to everyday objects. Disparate cultures and genres find unity. Your perspective shifts about art and the world. The effect is so inspiring, it stays with you––for life. With tours, performances, classes, family programs and more, there’s something for art lovers of all ages. Discover why after every visit, you’ll never stop seeing the Barnes.
Museum of Science and Industry
MSI, Chicago, one of the largest science museums in the world, offers uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can't be found anywhere else to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist, MSI is where fun and learning mix.
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago boasts a collection that spans more than 5,000 years and represents the very best of the world's creative achievements. Visitors can explore an incredible range of American, modern and contemporary masterpieces, ancient art from around the world and cutting-edge graphic and industrial design.
The Adler Planetarium – America's first planetarium – is more than a museum. It's a laboratory, a classroom and a community exploring the universe together. The Planetarium's scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite everyone to explore the wonders of space.
Chicago Children's Museum
CCM is a place where families, caregivers and children are encouraged to create, explore and discover together through play. Three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual/performing arts and health.
Field Museum of Natural History
A passport to travel around the world and back in time. With renowned exhibitions and scientific collections, the Museum displays over 4.6 billion years under one roof.
Every year Shedd Aquarium welcomes 2 million guests for unforgettable encounters with belugas and bluegills, stingrays and sturgeons. But Shedd is more than just a destination. With partners in Chicago and around the globe, it’s also protecting endangered species and their habitats and rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in need. Here, there and everywhere, Shedd Aquarium is committed to supporting a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it.
Denver Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals representing 500 species and has championed more than 600 conservation and research projects around the world. Come and hang out with lions, be inspired by Asian elephants and then come back again to explore our new and exciting exhibits, seasonal events and meet the new animal babies who join the zoo every year.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit museum that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. It is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections, including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile and western American art.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) is a premier source of informal education in science, culture and natural history, as well as a leader in scientific research in the fields of anthropology, earth sciences, health sciences, paleontology, space sciences and zoology. In addition to its permanent exhibitions and historic diorama halls, DMNS offers temporary exhibitions, IMAX films and planetarium shows.
Miami Children's Museum
One of the largest children's museums in the country, the Miami Children's Museum is designed for and about children. The 56,500-square-foot facility was built to represent the elements of earth, wind, water and fire. Visitors can explore interactive learning experiences that fuse arts, culture, community and communication.
Perez Art Museum Miami
At Miami's flagship art museum, you can experience modern and contemporary international art. Exhibits highlighting Miami's diverse community and pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. In addition to explore the galleries, visitors can take in spectacular views of Biscayne Bay, enjoy waterfront dining and more.
Palm Beach Zoo
This unique tropical zoo houses 560 animals from around the world within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. There are shady paths, a colorful carousel, an interactive water fountain, Nature Play Pavilion, a full-service restaurant, and opportunities to talk with zookeepers and watch animal trainings and feedings
The Florida Aquarium
Go from tree level to sea level while being educated and entertained by lemurs, sharks, rays, river otters, sea turtles and much more. Discover the wonders of the ocean and the animals that call it home. See how the Florida Aquarium's research, conservation and education outreach efforts make a difference in Tampa Bay and beyond.
Norton Museum of Art
This West Palm Beach institution is internationally known for its permanent collection of more than 7,000 works, including American, Chinese, Contemporary and European art, as well as photography. The Museum presents special exhibitions, programs and events throughout the year. Please note: The Norton is closed for construction and re-opens February 9, 2019.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta. The Museum features bright, creative, hands-on exhibits designed to promote inventive problem solving, creative thinking, and artistic expression. Our daily programs allow guests to experience world cultures, performing arts, literacy, and health and wellness.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Renowned plant collections, beautiful floral displays and spectacular art exhibitions make the Atlanta Botanical Garden the loveliest place in town to visit. The Garden includes 30 acres of outdoor gardens and “gardens under glass” including the Fuqua Conservatory and the Fuqua Orchid Center, displaying the foremost collection of species orchids in the United States. The Garden offers diverse programs, from art exhibitions, orchid shows and a scarecrow festival.
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers' achievements. Make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller’s circular Dymaxion House. Put yourself in the place of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today. And in doing so, discover your own path.
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Visit the original factory owned and built by the Ford Motor Company. See the only complete collection of the Ford letter cars on display anywhere in the world. Learn about the secret experimental room where the Ford Model T was designed and built.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Open year-round, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is home to the largest tropical conservatory in the state of Michigan, indoor and outdoor gardens, nature trails, sculpture galleries and a permanent sculpture collection. Meijer Garden’s dual mission of sculpture and horticulture shines through our beautiful gardens and sculpture collection including works by Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Andy Goldsworthy and more. Visit the stunning, 8-acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, beautiful in all four seasons with contemporary sculptures, waterfalls, bonsai trees and a Zen-style garden. Visit during March and April to experience the magnificence of thousands of butterflies flying freely in our tropical conservatory during the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition, the largest temporary butterfly exhibition in the nation. Winter is a great time to see our annual Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition, where cultural traditions from around the world are celebrated in 46 trees and displays, including the ever-popular Railway Garden. We invite you to explore our gardens and interior spaces to stimulate your senses and share a cultural experience that is always growing, always beautiful, always new.
John Ball Zoo
John Ball Zoo is the tenth oldest zoo in the country and has been one of West Michigan's most beloved cultural organizations for 129 years. It is home to more than 2,000 animals and 200 species. Generations of families visit to enjoy time in nature and time with each other. As a leader in education, conservation, and community engagement, John Ball Zoo is proud to embark on another amazing season!
American Museum of Natural History
This world-renowned museum serves as a field guide to the entire planet and presents a panorama of the world's cultures. Spend the day exploring 45 permanent exhibitions halls, including those in the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim is a vital cultural center, educational institution and the heart of an international network of museums. Experience exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark building.
The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark, as well as an iconinc living museum, a major educational institution and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. One of the world's greatest collection of flora, the Garden offers 250 acres of extraordinary natural beauty as well as seasonal exhibitions.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes visitors of all ages on an interactive journey through the history of American innovation and bravery. Experience the nation's foremost collection of groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, including the space shuttle Enterprise, the world's fastest jets and more unforgettable exhibits.
Long Island Children's Museum
Explore, play and create. The Long Island Children's Museum is home to 14 hands-on interactive exhibit galleries, a 140-seat live theater and four classroom-size learning studios. The Museum is a community resource for all families with daily activities that provide hours of discover for children of all ages.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) was founded in 1899 as the world’s first children’s museum and is Brooklyn’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families. Open to the public six days a week, BCM provides families with access to outstanding permanent and traveling exhibits, an array of public programs and cultural celebrations, school visits that align with the New York State Learning Standards and free after-school and summer programs that enrich the lives of nearly 300,000 people annually. BCM’s primary focus is on early learning for children ages zero to eight, as well as services for their educators and caregivers.
The New Museum
The New Museum's mission is simply "New Art, New Ideas." Founded in 1977 by curator Marcia Tucker with a bold vision of presenting contemporary culture in a critical and scholarly context, the New Museum has been a leader among contemporary art museums for more than 40 years, and is among the most respected internationally for its risk-taking curatorial program. The New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information and documentation about living artists from around the world, focusing on emerging and under-recognized voices, and providing a platform for the artists who are defining our cultural moment.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship to the environment. Opened in 1910, the Garden is home to more than 30 specialty gardens and plant collections. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the Garden’s collection of more than 200 cherry blossom trees, see tens of thousands of blossoms in the Cranford Rose Garden, stroll through the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, explore nature with kids in the Discovery Garden or experience tropical, desert and aquatic plants in the Conservatory.
The Exploratorium is a playful learning laboratory where anyone can explore the world through science, art and human perception. You'll discover tools and experiences to encourage exploration: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, film screenings, evening events for adults and much more.
California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Science is a science museum – and scientific educational institution – located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. People of all ages can enjoy the wonders of the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Osher Rainforest and Kimball Natural History Museum, all under one roof.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
In 2016, SFMOMA unveiled a new building with a 10-story expansion of the original building, enabling the Museum to display more of its outstanding holdings of modern and contemporary art. Visitors can also appreciate works of architecture, design and photography, as well as breathtaking city views from outdoor gardens and terraces.
The award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to over 700 native and exotic animals who live in expansive, naturalistic habitats: chimpanzees, sun bears, elephants, lions, giraffes and more. Whether you're planning a birthday party or a family trip, the Oakland Zoo promises a rewarding experience.
Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum is home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 art treasures throughout Asia spanning 6,000 years of history. The Museum presents free gallery tours and educational programs including performances, storytelling for kids, hands-on activities, lectures and more.
deYoung & Legion of Honor
The organization oversees two unique museums – the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park – and stands as one of the most-visited arts institutions in the United States.
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art offers dynamic experiences that illuminate the power and enduring relevance of art in today’s global society. Located in the Wade Park District in the University Circle neighborhood, the museum builds, preserves, studies and shares its outstanding collections of art from all periods and parts of the world, generating new scholarship and understanding, while serving as a social and intellectual hub for its community.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year and offers a wide range of accessible art-related programs, activities and special events. The museum’s mission is to “contribute to a more vibrant Cincinnati by inspiring its people and connecting our communities.”
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Located in Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg is much more than a traditional art museum with pretty pictures and impressive sculptures. It tells the stories of the peoples of North America in all their diversity and complexity. It’s a place for historical context, artistic expression, new ideas and individual perspectives. Here, visitors immerse themselves in the diverse cultures of the West and Native America and experience these amazing American stories.
Pacific Science Center
Since 1962, Pacific Science Center has been inspiring scientific inquiry and discovery, serving families and school groups in the Puget Sound region, as well as visitors from around the world. The Center's six acres of hands-on exhibits encourage guests to experiment, test hypotheses, explore variables and experience science in action.
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
MoPOP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With roots in rock 'n' roll, MoPOP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower visitors.
Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has been the center for visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Three dynamic locations – SAM downtown, Asian Art Museum (under renovation) and Olympic Sculpture Park – celebrate SAM's mission to connect art to life with collections, special exhibitions and programs featuring art from around the world.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in Washington state, the Museum engages visitors with interactive exhibits, online resources and award-winning public- and youth- education programs.
Discovery Science Center Discovery Cube LA
For hands-on science education that delights, challenges and encourages kids, head to the Discovery Cube in Los Angeles. Part of the Discovery Science Foundation, the Discovery Cube LA seeks to inspire and education young minds through engaging science-based programs, while creating a meaningful impact on communities.
Discovery Science Center Discovery Cube OC
For hands-on science education that delights, challenges and encourages kids, head to the Discovery Cube in Orange County. Part of the Discovery Science Foundation, the Discovery Cube OC seeks to inspire and education young minds through engaging science-based programs, while creating a meaningful impact on communities.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) is a unique indoor/outdoor destination where history and science intersect. The Museum contains one of the world's most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history – from meteorites 4.5 million years old to new species discovered by NHMLA scientists.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
The asphalt seeps at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum represent the only active urban Ice Age excavation site in the world. Inside, the Museum displays extraordinary specimens of saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves and mastodons, as well as fossilized remains of microscopic plants, insects and reptiles.
San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park
See your favorite animals and discover the wonder of conservation in action. The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals from at least 650 species and subspecies. Immerse yourself in adventure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park where you’ll discover herds of giraffes, crashes of rhinos, and flocks of exotic birds roaming in natural field habitats.
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Rev up your curiosity and shift your brain into overdrive at the Perot Museum, where you can race against a virtual T-Rex, touch a tornado or control your own robot. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through 11 permanent exhibit halls, a children's museum, a traveling exhibition hall and more.
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art is among the 10 largest art museums in the U.S. and engages people of all backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, literary events and performances. Its collection encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Founded in 1909, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has grown to become one of the highest-attended museums in the U.S. With four floors of dynamic permanent exhibit halls, the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, the Burke Baker Planetarium and world-class touring exhibitions, HMNS makes every trip an adventure.
Opened in 2001 as the official history museum of the State of Texas, the Bullock Museum engages the broadest possible audience to interpret the continually unfolding story of Texas through meaningful educational experiences. The museum’s core values of leadership, excellence, accessibility, diversity, engagement, and relevance are woven throughout the museum and its exhibits. The richness of hundreds of artifacts, Texas culture and groundbreaking innovations are revealed for all ages in exhibitions, films, symposiums, community events, field trips and fun, family-centered programs. The museum also collects and archives first-person stories about Texas through the Texas Story Project, since the memories and experiences of Texas people, places and objects contribute to a better understanding of the generations that came before.