EARNED RUNS VACATION WEEK 2017 SCIENCE FRIDAY: MUSEUMS, AQUARIUMS, PLANTERIUMS. Let’s start with museums. They’re not only about science. They can be about art, history, and sports too. Have you lived in or near a city with a museum, maybe even a famous museum, but never visited? Or your last visit was with elementary school classmates?
Aquariums and planetariums fall into the same category of often-neglected entertainment venues. Yes, entertainment! Today’s institutions are likely to have hands-on exhibits and moving parts that educate and provide a fun experience for adults as well as children.
Friday is the beginning of the end of the vacation week. Perhaps you’ve spent first days of vacation in the outdoors in various activities and could use a break from full-on physical exercise. Yes, Fridays might be busier than other weekdays at these institutions, but being surrounded by happy visitors can add to the excitement and fun of a tour. Strolling through empty halls on less hectic days could be dull.
If visiting a distant location, there is sure to be a museum nearby, even if small. Local museums may focus on an important regional industry, like petroleum and oil (Texas), autos (Michigan), flight (Washington), motorcycles (Iowa), iron (Michigan), shipbuilding (Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, California), to name a few. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is possibly the most well know, but there’s one in Baltimore too.
Washington DC likely has the greatest concentration of places to visit especially related to government activities. Nearby Baltimore area has a fantastic National Cryptologic Museum adjacent to the grounds of the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort George G. Meade, one of the most interesting in my opinion.
Summer vacation is perfect for slowing down and enjoying what doesn’t make it into hectic everyday schedules. Business Insider and Trip Advisor have suggestions.
Consider spending a few hours in buildings that are designed to awe and inspire!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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