I love science museums. I figured out a way to visit the (then) new California Science Center by writing an article about it for my high school newspaper. My favorite activity in a new city is visiting their science museum. I did that in Paris, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, London, and of course Los Angeles. I think part of what's great is that wherever you go, the science is the same. Sure, some museums focus on engineering, while others have extensive collections of bones, and still others are more children's museum than science. But when I walk into the genetics exhibit, it's always the same A, T, C, and G, waiting for me. Even in French. It's the same information, but always with a different perspective and a different way of explaining it.
So I'm considering getting a job at a science museum. Yesterday I went to a discussion with a panel of museum employees (one collections manager and four curators), who all said good things about their jobs. They spend a lot of time doing many different things: research, obtaining things (artifacts or specimen or paintings or donations), education, designing exhibits, answering random questions from people who call them, wooing donors at dinner parties, going to meetings, etc. Many of them are PhDs who work "beyond the bench", and they have significant autonomy in their jobs. Sounds good to me.
One curator from the MIT museum (which I didn't even know existed!) was pimping the Cambridge Science Festival. If you live in Cambridge, you should go to at least one of these events. I'm still perusing the schedule to find out if there's something I simply must see.