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Disney Land for Engineers – Science and Technology Museums in Europe

Spending the summer in Europe is great! You’re able to discover a mixture of culture, vibrant cities and beautiful landscapes. However there is a good chance for bad weather even in the summer months – but don’t worry we listed 10 great science museums every engineer and tech enthusiast will love! 

1. Deutsches Museum

The Deutsche Museum (which means German Museum) in Munich, Germany is the world’s largest museum of science and technology. You can spend hours or even days here discovering great exhibitions about natural sciences, materials and production, energy, communication, transportation, musical instruments, new technologies and more.

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image: Deutsches Museum

2. Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim

The Auto & Technik Museum in the south of Germany is another highlight for rainy days. The museum has two fully accessible supersonic jets for you, the Concorde and Tupolev TU-144, located on the museum roof as well as an IMAX 3D theatre.

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image: photokorn, © 2003-2015

3. Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, France is the biggest science museum in Europe. About five million people visit the Cité each year. Attractions include a planetarium, a submarine (the Argonaute (S636)), an IMAX theatre (La Géode) and special areas for children and teenagers.

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4. Technisches Museum Wien

The Technisches Museum Wien (German for Vienna Technical Museum) lies in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition areas nature and knowledge, heavy industry, energy, mass production, everyday life, communications, musical instruments, transport and basic research are an entertaining and exciting mixture for everyone.

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image: Technisches Museum Wien/APA-Fotoservice/Juhasz

5. Museo Galileo

Museo Galileo, the former Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (Institute and Museum of the History of Science) is located in Florence, Italy. The museum owns one of the world’s major collection of scientific instruments, which bears evidence of the crucial role that the Medici and Lorraine Grand Dukes attached to science and scientists.

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Museo Galileo, Florence (image: Museo Galileo, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

6. Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology

The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology is a science museum located in Oslo, Norway. The museum, covering an area of around 25.000 square meters, demonstrates the progress in science, technology, industry and medicine socially and culturally through the ages.

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Foto: Anders Beer Wilse/Norsk Teknisk Museum

7. Science Museum of the University of Coimbra

The Science Museum of the University of Coimbra (Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra) gathers the historical scientific collections of several units of the University of Coimbra, in Coimbra, Portugal. It includes the collection of scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th century of the Physics Museum, the collections of botanics, zoology, anthropology and mineralogy of the Natural History Museum, and the collections of the Astronomical Observatory and the Geophysical Institute of the University of Coimbra.

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Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra (Photo: Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra Facebook)

8. Nikola Tesla Museum

The Nikola Tesla Museum is dedicated to honoring and displaying the life and work of Nikola Tesla. It holds more than 160,000 original documents, over 2,000 books and journals, over 1,200 historical technical exhibits, over 1,500 photographs and photo plates of original, technical objects, instruments and apparatus, and over 1,000 plans and drawings.

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Het Nikola-Tesla-museum in Belgrado (image: Rburg87, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

9. Microcosm (CERN)

Microcosm is a museum of particle physics located at CERN in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, near the town of Meyrin. It covers a broad range of particle physics topics, as well as the entire history of CERN.

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A LEP RF cavity now on display at the Microcosm exhibit at CERN (image: SCZenz, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

10. Cambridge Museum of Technology

The Cambridge Museum of Technology is an industrial heritage museum situated in Cambridge, UK. Based in the original sewage pumping station for Cambridge, the Museum exists to preserve and exhibit material that is relevant to the Cambridge area, either by its use or its invention.

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Hathorn Davey 1894 Pumping Engine (image: Ashley Dace, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Cover Image: Deutsches Museum

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