It's only fitting that the city of Houston, home to the Texas Medical Center (the world's largest medical complex), boasts this family friendly, health-focused museum that illuminates the inner workings of the human body. The museum's standout exhibit, the Amazing Body Pavilion, is a grand-scale, hands-on environment where visitors can learn about the body's major organs; walking through the gigantic brain model will get you thinking. You: The Exhibit is all about humans, offering a body scanner, a Mirror of Hereditary, and an Age-O-Matic machine which offers users a glimpse of themselves 40 years into the future. (Warning: it can be a bit sobering for some mortality-fearing adults). The venue also features temporary exhibits, a 4D theater, and a gift shop with the kind of toys that parents needn't feel guilty about buying for their kids.
- Garth Mueller