Alternative Museums – Interaction is the art here

September 20, 2016

Not every museum has to serve as a complete repository of art, history, and culture. In fact, in the last few decades, many interactive museums have been developed for both kids and adults. Quirky, alternative, and interactive museums can be a great way to round out a trip, or even a destination all of their own.


California’s Exploratorium is a fantastic place to take an active journey. For both children and adults, it’s an ongoing exploration and interactive experiences that will feed your curiosity. When you visit, try the Tactile Dome, an interactive exploration through total darkness. Explorers can crawl, slide, and bump their way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide.

Kidspace Museum

Get ready, get set, climb! The Kidspace Children’s Museum in California offers kids the chance to test their agility with fun rope structures. They give kids the chance to test their balance on the Rope Bridge that takes them into the Hawk’s Nest as they make their way across this fun and unique climbing structure.

Boston Science Museum

The Boston Science Museum offers a great Rock Garden for climbing and interaction. Visitors can climb to the top of Mount Blanc or a billion-year-old boulder from the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Kids can get up close and personal with lava from Death Valley, or observe the narrow, black crystals of sillimanite embedded on the surface of gneiss from Mount Washington.

Cincinnati Museum

The Woods, an adventure-based attraction at the Cincinnati Museum, encourages children to challenge their physical prowess and explore their imaginations. The three-story structure has hollow climbing logs, rope bridges and a horizontal climbing wall, as well as areas for fossil discovery and animals sightings. Adults are welcome to join in the adventure with their children.

If you’re looking for a unique experience to tell your friends and family about, any of the above options will be far more exciting than a run-of-the-mill trip to your history museum.

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