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5 of the coolest museums from around the world


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Did you know there’s a museum in Spain with a flooded forest? Or an museum in the United States full of high-tech spy gadgets? How about a museum in Germany full of video games? Use this list as your personal passport and check out our second collection of the world’s coolest kid-friendly museums.

International Spy Museum - United States

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Are you a budding secret agent? Then this museum in Washington, D.C. is right up your alley. It’s full of exhibits about super spy and undercover operations, complete with secret gadgets! Become a spy for a day and take your family on a mission to explore the collection of international spy artifacts. There’s even some cars from the James Bond movies. If you’re up for an overnight stakeout, the museum also hosts a regular slumber party.

CosmoCaixa Science Museum - Spain

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At CosmoCaixa, you learn that nature and science are cool by getting your hands right on the exhibits and becoming a real life scientist: there’s the Flooded Forest with more than 100 living species like birds, insects, frogs and even piranhas; the Geological Wall is made of seven layers of real rock from the world’s different geological structures; and the Hall of Matter goes through evolution, starting with the Big Bang. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the famous planetarium. It stuns audiences with a show about the history of space and time.

Miraikan: The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Japan

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Located on the shore of Tokyo Bay, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is home to many fun, hands-on and kid-friendly exhibits. The building may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but that’s because this is a museum devoted to the future. You can spend your day viewing actual DNA through a microscope, or maybe you want to hop in a shuttle and take a virtual trip to space to look down on the Earth? You can cap it all off by hanging out with the museum’s famous humanoid robots, or take in an animated planetarium show of the history of the universe.

Computerspielemuseum - Germany

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This museum doesn’t have famous pieces of art or sculptures from an ancient civilization. Instead, Berlin’s Computerspielemuseum is all about video and computer games - and they have a lot of both, with over 300 exhibits and 14,000 games. In addition to celebrating the past, with tons of classic titles like Tetris and Donkey Kong, the museum also offers exhibits showcasing the future of gaming with state of the art virtual reality exhibits. However, the museum’s most famous exhibit is its world’s largest Pac-Man controller with a joystick as big as a person!

TELUS Spark - Canada

A gigantic metal slide at the Telus Spark museum in Calgary

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Calgary’s new creative kids museum is found inside the TELUS Spark science centre. There’s tons of hands-on fun like a water play area, climbing gym, and the Maker Space. An exhibit where kids can design and watch their own unique inventions come to life. The dramatic genius in the family can direct her friends in the kid’s theatre, and the very young ones will find much to discover in the toddler play area’s stimulating crawl track. And if you’re a budding wizard, gamer, or scientist, there’s all sorts of day camps to inspire you!