Past Picks: The 10 Best Children's Museums

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The following museum experts helped to develop the survey: Janet Rice Elman, director of the Association of Children's Museums in Washington, DC; Joann Norris, the Okeechobee, FL-based author of Children's Museums: An American Guidebook; Susan Delson, editor of Museums Magazine in New York City; and Ismael Calderon, Ed.D., science director at The Newark Museum Victoria Hall of Science in New Jersey.

Super Specialty Museums

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Because some members of the Association of Children's Museums focus exclusively on science and art, we judged them separately. Here, the winners and runners-up in each category:

Science

Winner: COSI (Center of Science and Industry), Columbus, OH
In its space exhibit, kids become armchair astronauts and use a computerized flight simulator to land a space shuttle, dock with the Hubble Telescope, and reach the moon.

Runner-Up: Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond
Children can check out a 36-foot-tall model of a DNA molecule, travel through a white blood cell, and solve a crime in the popular Science Sleuth Theater.

Art

Winner: Young at Art, Davie, FL
In its Global Village, children can explore an ancient Mayan temple or create Haitian metal sculpture.

Runner-Up: Buell Children's Museum at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO
Kids can have a great deal of fun creating imaginative computer art and pretending that they are artisans such as weavers and potters.

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