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Los Alamos, New Mexico’s Bradbury Science Museum has been named one of the top 10 “Best Science Museums” to visit in the United States by American Mensa.
Mensa is an internationally recognized high-IQ society that provides a forum for intellectual exchange. Mensa members reside in more than 100 countries around the world.
Bradbury Science Museum was ranked fifth in a list of the top science museums as nominated by educators and scientists who are also Mensa members. Among other factors, having a variety of exhibits and hands-on learning activities were some of the considerations members noted when voting for the best museum.
The most common feature that respondents looked for, however, was interactive elements.
“The Bradbury Science Museum has over 40 interactive exhibits to help visitors explore the world of science, engineering, math and technology,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director, Linda Deck. “Some are computer simulations and animations; others are hands-on ‘try it for yourself’ puzzles and games. We know people learn in a variety of ways, and this gives plenty of opportunities for all.”
“Our nation’s science museums are a treasure for families looking for ways to keep bright minds active all year round,” said Mensa Gifted Youth Specialist, Lisa Van Gemert.
Along with Bradbury Science Museum, other science museums that also made the list were, in order of ranking: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.; Academy of Natural Science Museum of Drexel University in Philadelphia; Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco; Arkansas Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Ark.; California Science Center in Los Angeles; Exploratorium in San Francisco; Museum of Science in Boston; and Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.
Bradbury Museum is celebrating its 70th year with a number of lectures which demystify many of the mysteries surrounding World War II.
At 5:30 p.m., July 10, a lecture will be from University of New Mexico Professor Noel Pugach about why President Harry Truman chose to use atomic bombs.
On Aug. 14, LANL historian emeritus Roger Meade will focus on the person behind Captain William “Deak” Parsons, the Enola Gay’s weaponeer.
As part of Los Alamos’ “Downtown Friday Nights” events taking place every other Friday in the summer (June 28, July 12 and July 26), Bradbury Science Museum will host “What’s in a Click? The Wonders of High Speed Imaging” on June 25 at 5 p.m.
The lecture “Experiments with the Dragon Machine,” with Dick Malenfant will be available on Youtube in the near future.
Admission is free. Bradbury Science Museum is open Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information visit lanl.gov/museum or call 667-4444.