USA TODAY 10Best lists recognize ASTC members

10 Best


Earlier today, USA TODAY announced the winners in its 10Best Reader’s Choice awards for Best Science Museum and Best Children’s Museum. As in the past, these lists include many ASTC-member institutions (n bold, below).

Twenty nominees in each category were chosen by a panel of experts including a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from, and other relevant contributors, which were voted on by the public.

In the science museum category, COSI (Center of Science and Society) was voted as the top for the fourth year in a row:

COSI Columbus logo
  1. COSI, Columbus, Ohio
  2. The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, New York
  3. Michigan Science Center, Detroit, Michigan
  4. Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
  5. Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri
  6. Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  7. Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
  8. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California
  9. The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  10. Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington

In the children’s museum category, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was voted as the best, reprising its honor from 2020.

Logo for Children's Museum Indianapolis
  1. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana
  2. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  3. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview, Illinois
  4. Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson, Mississippi
  5. Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
  6. The Children’s Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  8. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver, Colorado
  9. The DoSeum, San Antonio, Texas
  10. Crayola Experience, Easton, Pennsylvania

ASTC members were also honored with Reader’s Choice Awards in two other categories:

Best Free Museum
#2. Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri

Best History Museum
#5. Cincinnati History Museum (part of Cincinnati Museum Center), Ohio

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