Munich's Deutsches Museum is the world's largest museum of science and technology.
My whole family had so much fun in this museum we could easily have spent the entire day here. Exhibits cover 50 fields including computers, electric engineering, hydraulic power, machine tools, power machinery, printing, transportation, tunnels, and more.
If this sounds dry, trust me, the museum will surprise you. It does a stellar job of explaining-and physically showing-how these complicated technologies work on a large or small scale to improve our daily lives. Innovations that we might have taken for granted are given star treatment here.
Stand in front of a camera and watch as facial recognition technology "reads" your mood and age (our family was in hysterics here); walk through the massive coal mining exhibit in the museum's basement featuring recreated mine shafts, coal beds, mining tools, and tunnel building equipment to get a realistic feel for life underground; or watch a high voltage demonstration simulating lightning hitting a building at 800,000 volts.
This museum is definitely worth a visit. It is educational and wonderfully fun.