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Hands-on Museum

Hands-on Museum is a museum whose most presentations:
a) Explain technological and scientific facts,
b) Enable pressing a button, or operating a handle, or action(s) alike, and see what happens.

The first hands-on museum was the Exploratorium in San-Francisco, USA.
See papers by the founder 1972, 1973, 1974 in American Journal of Physics, explaining the educational concept of hands-on museum.

This internet site mentions two hands-on museums *:
I) The large Exploratorium Museum in San-Francisco, USA,
II) smaller Madatech Museum in Haifa, Israel.


All three papers by
Oppenheimer, Frank,
(Founder of Exploratorium first hands-on museum).
All three papers were published in the scientific educational
"American Journal of Physics:"

1) "The Exploratorium: A playful museum combines perception and art in science education,"
vol. 40, pp. 978-984, July 1972
link to abstract in journal
link to fulltext in journal

2) "Teaching and Learning"
vol. 41, pp. 1310-1313, December 1973
link to fulltext in journal

3) "The Study of Perception as a Part of Teaching Physics"
vol. 42, pp. 531-537, July 1974
link to fulltext in journal

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P.S. It was me who added these references to the Exploratorium item in Wikipedia internet site, following Wikipedia's general request to add references to this item.

* - Hands-on museums became popular and widespread. We do not list them all here.
Following is a partial list of hands-on museums, free for ATSC members (subjected to conditions, one of which is being distant at least 90 miles/145 km from your living place and from home museum). Check for changes/conditions!:
SciTech, Aurora, Illinois, USA
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Science Works Hands On Museum, Ashland, Oregon, USA
Hands On! Regional Museum, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
Hands-On Science Center, Tullahoma, Tennessee, USA
Hands-on activity center, in Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
MadaTech, Haifa, Israel (Check!)
To our knowledge Exploratorium, San-Francisco, is NOT free for ATSC members, but is free to all only one day each month (check!).
New! "Park Hamada," in Museums boulevard, Be'er-Sheva, South Israel, is a new museum with numerous hands-on items. Please find additional information by yourself.
The information here is only hint, and NOT guarantied, nor updated!
Please check validity/update before using/counting on it.

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