Memorial Day Weekend Nerdy Destinations

Yesterday, we gave you some ideas to spend Memorial Day Weekend in a geekier manner. You can always stay inside or close to home, but if you feel like venturing out and having a nerdy experience, there are even more options.

For those of you who feel like hitting the road, here are more ideas.

Check out our choices for Memorial Day Weekend nerdy destinations.


Computer History Museum

Take a walk down computing memory lane by roaming the halls of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View (1401 N. Shoreline Blvd).

Find out why computer history is 2000 years old. Learn about computer history´s game-changers in our multimedia exhibitions. Play a game of Pong or Spacewar! Listen to computer pioneers tell their story from their own perspective. Discover the roots of today´s Internet and mobile devices. See over 1,100 historic artifacts, including some of the very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s.

Explore more before you venture out.

NASA’s Ames Research Center

The research center is integral to NASA’s operations, hence the necessity of security clearance in most areas. There is, however, a dedicated section for visitors, providing the opportunity for a nerdfest. Even if you don’t get to be an astronaut/engineer who messes up the plumbing in a space shuttle, a visit to NASA’s Ames Research Center will give you something to nerd out on for a while.

They’re closed on Memorial Day but open on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4PM.

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Part of the innovation generation? Then head on over to this museum, where different experiences await you. Choose from (among others):

  • Body metrics
  • Social robots
  • Tech awards gallery
  • Tech gallery exploration

They’re open all weekend, and you can check out the ticket prices here.

New York

There are so many choices that your head may spin, but here are a few which will definitely entice you.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)

If you haven’t visited this museum before, then there’s no better time than the coming long weekend. Comics, anime, cartoons, computer animation, and so much more can be found at the museum. This place is for hardcore fans, and you’ll probably have the best Memorial Day Weekend ever.

Located at 128 East 63rd Street, MoCCA is open Wed- Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm, so you can easily slot it in. More info here.

Toy Tokyo Underground

For toy fans, Toy Tokyo Underground will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. Sponsored by Toy Tokyo, the retail store, this place will give you an eye-gasm – from toys to clothing to art in various mediums.

If you want to binge shop, then there’s the retail store in the same building.

They also have an online shop.

Location: 91 2nd Ave, New York, NY


Feel like playing an arcade game (or two or three or four…) while having a beer (or two or…you know how this goes)? Then Barcade in Brooklyn is the place to go.

You can probably stay at the bar for as long as you can. Just make sure you bring enough quarters.

Visit their website for more info.

Other areas

The Pacific Science Center

Head over to Seattle and enjoy the nerdy treats the Pacific Science Center has to offer. Currently, they have the Pompeii Exhibition, which will end on the 25th of May. They also have live science, planetarium, and laser dome shows. Irresistible!

Tickets and operating hours here.

Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is known the world over, and where better to go if you’re obsessed with the final frontier?

Have a close encounter with real space shuttles, have a shuttle launch experience, or have lunch with a genuine astronaut.

The Kennedy Space Center is open 7 days a week.

These destinations are nerdy enough that even if you don’t make it this weekend, you have all the time in the world to plan your trips.

If you’re really into travel, check this out: Thinking of Your Next Vacation? Check Out These Geeky Hotels!

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