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A science museum, as its title says, is primarily a museum of science. Note, however, that many if not most science museums also put much weight on technology, which in principle, although often related, is a concept that differs from science.
Some of the preeminent science museums of the world are:
- The Science Museum in London (universally known as just "The Science Museum"). Unlike many other institutions referred to as science museums, the Science Museum is primarily a historical museum and not a demonstration exhibit (although it does contain such science centre installations as well). It includes such famous items as many of the first steam engines, Stephenson's Rocket steam locomotive, the original models of DNA and heme, the first MRI machine, the first jet engine, and so forth. Entrance is free.
- The Museum of the History of Science , University of Oxford.
- The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. This museum was formerly known as the Rosenwald Museum and is the sole remaining structure of the World Columbian Exposition. It is located on Chicago's south lakefront east of the University of Chicago campus. Special exhibits include an operating coal mine, a space museum and Omni Max theatre, a railroad museum and a German World War II submarine. Entrance fee required.
- The Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence, Italy. Many of Galileo Galilei's original instruments are housed in this museum.
- National Science Museum, Thailand
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