Geek out with your grad at these high-minded museums and events

A tourist takes pictures inside the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
A tourist takes pictures inside the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
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Looking to humble your know-it-all college graduate? Or just reward him or her with an interesting trip? Here are five memorable places to play mind games with your kids, no matter the occasion:

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Looking for something a bit more accessible? This free Washington museum, in the heart of the Smithsonian complex, will have your space nerd over the moon. The museum tracks all manner of human flight and features a vast collection of related artifacts. Exhibits include the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia and a lunar rock you’re allowed to touch. The museum also houses the Albert Einstein Planetarium and an observatory with telescopes open to the public to gaze out across the cosmos.

Info: Air and Space Museum


Berlin Museum of Medical History

Take your Doogie Howser on a trip into medicine’s fascinating past. The museum’s permanent exhibition “On the Trace of Life” covers 300 years of medical procedures. The tour includes dissection rooms and specimen collections. Body images and models help tour participants understand diagnostic procedures. They’ll also learn how criminologists and pathologists inspect and navigate a crime scene.

Info: Berlin Museum of Medical History

Living Computers: Museum + Labs

“Come in. Geek out,” the website urges. If you can’t do that here, you’re probably not geek material. The Seattle museum, often referred to as LCM+L, specializes in computers and technology. Visitors can use the vintage computers. Newer technologies explore direct-touch, virtual reality, even self-driving cars.

Info: Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Mind Games

No group can mess with your mind like Mensa. Each year, members and guests gather to judge the year’s new board games in a 40-hour marathon. At stake? The Mensa Seal, which means one of the world’s most-exclusive clubs has deemed it worthy of your time. Next year’s event will be in April in Wadsworth, Ohio, about 37 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Info: Mensa Mind Games