Spent an interesting afternoon at the Museum of Science in Cambridge, near Boston today (http://www.mos.org/). The museum started its life in 1830 as the Boston Society of Natural History, and evolved into the science museum today. More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year; in fact I think half of that total visited today...
The museum aims to "stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society", which in reality means that its full of neat exhibits with lots of buttons to press and levers to pull. Exhibits include a life-size model of a T-Rex, a planetarium, a Theater of electricity (a high-voltage demo of lightning created by the worlds largest Van-der-Graaff generator), a solar powered sports car, an exhibit on mathematics, human biology, minerals, live animal displays...too much to see in an afternoon.
We rounded off the day with some shopping in the Galleria Mall http://www.cambridgesidegalleria.com/), most of which was spent in the Apple store playing with the latest and greatest from Mr Jobs, and finally a meal of gigantic proportions in the Cheesecake Factory. Unfortunately the meal was so big we couldn't find room for some cheesecake afterwards. Thank goodness for take-out.
All in all, a good day and a lot better than being in work.