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World Engineering Museums

World Engineering Museums

World Engineering Museums


RE: World Engineering Museums

Greenfield Village in Detroit has an excellent museum, featuring mainly transportation, but including all sorts of "modern" inventions from throughout the 20th century.

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Chicago, Illinois
“The Museum of Science and Industry's mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational. -- Science discerns the laws of nature. Industry applies them to the needs of man." http://www.msichicago.org/

Baltimore, Maryland
“The mission of the Baltimore Museum of Industry is to collect, preserve, and interpret the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public, by presenting educational programs and exhibits that explore the stories of Maryland's industries and the people who created and worked in them.” http://www.thebmi.org/

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Discovery World “Where science, discovery, creativity, ingenuity, adventure & technology inspire visitors to turn their dreams into reality.” http://www.discoveryworld.org/

Dearborn, Michigan
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
“Mission: The Henry Ford provides unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories, and lives from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Our purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future.” http://www.hfmgv.org/

San Jose, California
“The Tech Museum of Innovation engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives, and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone.” http://www.thetech.org/

RE: World Engineering Museums

Thanks Greg

I went to the Science Museum in London when I worked down there. Cragside is an interesting place for an engineer to look around too. Never been to the Manchester one - worth a visit? Manchester isn't high on my list of favourite cities but my wife originally comes from Manchester so if I'm ever forced to go I now have a hidey-hole.

Ever visited Beamish?

  Sometimes I only open my mouth to swap feet...

RE: World Engineering Museums

"Wicked Cool" Engineering Museums Around Massachusetts & New England: (good for scout trips!)

Saugus Iron Works: http://www.nps.gov/sair/

Plastics Museum:(Leominster)http://www.plasticsmuseum.org/

Battleship Cove: (Fall River) http://www.battleshipcove.org/

Shipbuilding Museum (Quincy) http://www.uss-salem.org/

MIT Museums:(Cambridge) http://web.mit.edu/museum/

Transportation Museum (Brookline) http://www.mot.org/index_flash.html

American Precision Museum (Windsor VT): http://www.americanprecision.org/

New England Air Museum (outside Hartford CT): http://www.neam.org/

RE: World Engineering Museums

The technical museum in Helsigør is OK - especially its collection of aeroplanes. It lacks a little in infortainment - but the heart is in the right place:


Best egards


RE: World Engineering Museums

I guess the London science museum is one of the greatest engineering museums in the world.

I liked this one in Delft (Holland) which is much smaller but has an interesting collection of e.g. primitive calculators and computers:
(Sorry the site is not very informative and not in English)

RE: World Engineering Museums

The Newcastle site doesn't do justice to "Turbinia", which has been covered on PBS, and which I'd love to see someday.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: World Engineering Museums

Seeing Turbinia up close for real is amazing. It looks fast standing still - it is hard to imagine what it must have been like at the Fleet Review when it raced down the massed lines of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet. Our navy seems to have lost it's way since those days, or rather the politicians in charge have. If you're ever in the North of England it is highly recommended - I'll even get the beers in!

  Sometimes I only open my mouth to swap feet...

RE: World Engineering Museums

The National Railway Museum in York is the biggest railway museum in the world, so they say, http://www.nrm.org.uk/home/home.asp
I think the first train ever built is there, or will be arriving shortly...


RE: World Engineering Museums

A few miles down the River Severn from me is the Blist Hill Museum in Shropshire. It is a re-creation of an old Victorian town that includes a working blast furnace, wrought iron factory, foundry etc:
it is just up from the famous Ironbridge (the worlds first cast-iron bridge built in 1779, and still standing!).
If you have ever heard the phrase "it's like Bedlam in here.." then this also comes from the original blast furnaces that were at the heart of this area and one of the furnaces was called "Bedlam". The working environment in the 1700's was pretty horrific (noisy, hot, smelly...) and thus the term "like Bedlam" was used.

RE: World Engineering Museums

I'll second sed2developer's recommendation for Ironbridge.  I spent a day and a half there with the kids last summer, and could very easily have stayed as long again without either they or my getting bored with it.


RE: World Engineering Museums

I visited the National Railway Museum for the first time since I was a kid last year. My grandfather used to work for the LNER as a fireman then later as a driver. He drove some of the famous locomotives now in the museum as exhibits, but to him they were part of a job, not a piece of history. He was a steam guy through and through: my mother tells me he took great delight in dragging the early diesels back to works behind a steam locomotive when they broke down. The museum was a magical place to me as a twelve-year-old kid: when I went back last year I remarked to my wife that all the locomotives seemed smaller than I remembered them as a kid.

  Sometimes I only open my mouth to swap feet...

RE: World Engineering Museums

If you are an airplane, especially warplane, nut you must go to Dayton Ohio to see the National Museum of the US Air Force.  Everything from the Wright Brothers to the F117 Stealth Fighter in 3 HUGH hangers.


Here is a quote from the Museum: "The museum has more than 300 aircraft and missiles on display in its galleries. The galleries are set up in chronological order, beginning with the 1909 Wright Flyer through today's stealth

This is next to Wright-Patternson Air Force base.  Prepare to spend the day if this is your thing.  A great gift shop.

RE: World Engineering Museums

Rocky Reach Dam on the Columbia River has a museum that is interesting.  It used to be a "Museum of Electricity" but has varied the displays to of more intrest to people besides EEs and Electricans.

RE: World Engineering Museums

Believe it or not - but my wife is a Blast Furnace Master! We actually have an old blast furnace here in Granbergsdal, Sweden. It is not in working order, but we are right now restoring the "blowing machine" and may get some more machinery working a few years from now.

So, we are very grateful for the Iron Bridge tips. We will certainly go there! In the meantime, do visit the Granbergsdal site http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:LA2-granbergsdal-2.jpg and http://www.granbergsdalsbyalag.se/kontakta_oss.html (Sorry, only Swedish. Have to do something about that)

Gunnar Englund
100 % recycled posting: Electrons, ideas, finger-tips have been used over and over again...

RE: World Engineering Museums

My place of work (unnamed) should be classed as a museum with the relics of old equipment; and in particular the computer systems which predate the dinosaurs.

{PS. another second for Ironbridge - awesome)

RE: World Engineering Museums

I suppose that the Ironworks at Blaenavon should be mentioned.

Since it's now a world herritage site...

There ought to be a museum of copper smelting in Swansea since at one time 75% or more of world copper production came from there.

But there isn't.

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