The Niagara Science Museum is the personal collection of one man, Nick Daclau, a physicist who has spent his life curating this collection of scientific instruments, both historical and contemporary. Even if you have little interest in this topic, don't miss this museum! Nick will give you a personal tour of the museum, and is not only passionate about his work, but also happens to be nice as can be.
The collection is quite large - thousands of instruments - it's not a stuffy museum. You can actually touch ones that are several hundred years old, microscopes, solar cells, radio and communication equipment, weather equipment, printing presses, etc. The history of science is here, and Nick is quite good at using the story of these instruments to explain the principles in a way that even non-science people would find interesting.
Yes, it's off the beaten path in an industrial park and you'd never stumble upon it if you were just visiting, so call ahead of time and set up an appointment (I've been twice and he was able to meet me there both times on my schedule). Highly recommended!
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