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Address: 601 1st St, Ithaca, NY
Phone Number: 607-272-0600
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive...
The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. The hands-on museum offers visitors of all ages more than 250 exhibits, educational programs, a gift shop, an outdoor science park and a seasonal miniature golf course. Look, touch, listen & discover at the Sciencenter.
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Lots to think about. Parking, lots of games for children and fun for adults as well. Lots of surprises. Gets crowded, but it's a real unusual treat for all. History of famous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Lots to think about. Parking, lots of games for children and fun for adults as well. Lots of surprises. Gets crowded, but it's a real unusual treat for all. History of famous scientists also

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Took my near four year old daughter here on a beautiful spring Saturday and it was near empty making our visit much more enjoyable! Nearly all the exhibits are interactive from building dams in water shoots, musical stairs, driving a spaceship around in space to the great outdoor play area. She loved everything as did I. Looking forward to our... More 

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Newton, NJ
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136 reviews 136 reviews
87 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The Sciencenter is a kid friendly science museum in downtown Ithaca. It's a midsized museum on two levels that is good for a 3-4 hour visit. The exhibits are hands on and focus on different subjects such as astronomy, health, environment and the oceans. A touch tank allows you to touch actual starfish. There is an area with large, foam... More 

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Cooperstown, NY
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The ScienceCenter is always a great time for kids. Everything is hands on, and kids of all ages can have fun. There is an infant and toddler play area as well. The downstairs had fun, permanent exhibits that allow kids to experiment with water, air, pressure, and motion. Upstairs, the exhibits change--this time my kids enjoyed exploring the solar system,... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My husband and I went on one of our first dates to the Sciencenter and enjoyed exploring the hands-on exhibits just as much as our niece and nephew, who have gone on several trips with us since then.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We had a very nice day at the Science Center. They had lots of interactive games for children of all ages. Also a nice mix of science, health, outer space, and building. It will be nice to come back in the summer time play in the gigantic outdoor treehouse.

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New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We took our grandchildren, ages 4 & 20 months to the Science Center and we had a grand time! The staff were very friendly and helpful. I felt the fee to get in was very reasonable. The hands on exhibits are awesome and the lay out is terrific, there was lots of room to roam around and lots of room... More 

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Dryden, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We recently moved to the Ithaca area and had friends in to visit this weekend. After debating a variety of options, we decided on the Sciencecenter and are so glad we did. Not only did our friends kids enjoy themselves but we, the four adults did as well! We have a 3 month old and I'm sure we will bring... More 

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Alexandria
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

my grandson loves playing in the water. There are activities for kids of all ages, a special play area for those under 5, a great store, and lots of special events. If you're local and have kids, it's well worth membership price. A great outdoor area in the summer makes science fun.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We visited the Sciencenter yesterday with our 7 and 4 year olds. I'm not sure who had more fun us or them! The facility is not huge, but it's packed with great interactive exhibits. The fee to enter was reasonable (actually, surprising inexpensive). Unlike better known and larger facilities the exhibits all worked, were well conceived and accessible. The kids... More 

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