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Connecticut Science Center

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Address: 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06103
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+1 860-724-3623
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Great for return trips exhibits change keeping things fresh

After our first visit we decided to get an annual family membership. The cost of the member ship that allows unlimited visits for 4 members has been a great cost saver. I have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
New Britain, Connecticut
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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Drove 1 hour to visit the science center on Saturday only to find out is closed for 2 weeks for renovations. Before making the drive to the science center I checked the website for directions and parking information. NOWHERE DOES IT MENTION that the center is closed for renovations. Can't review the science center's contents because it was closed.

Thank dgouldd
CT_Science_Center, Public Relations Manager at Connecticut Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, I'm sorry that you were not able to visit. We would certainly like to invite you to visit another time. Since January 2, we have had an alert on our website and Facebook page. We also distributed the information through many other communication vehicles. I'm not sure what went wrong here but we would like to help. If it... More 

New Britain, Connecticut
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146 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After our first visit we decided to get an annual family membership. The cost of the member ship that allows unlimited visits for 4 members has been a great cost saver. I have brought my grand son three times over the past two months he is three and he is ready to go again. The facility has something for every... More 

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Pomfret, Connecticut
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We brought our kids here, ages 13 and 17 This was our first trip. Everything is hands-on, but as another reviewer mentioned, it seems that everything is designed for elementary school children, and there wasn't really a lot for older children or adults. We enjoyed the sound and motion room the best, and the traveling exhibit (Da Vinci's inventions) was... More 

Thank CT_Traveler784
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a complete disappointment. there is not much to call this a Science Center. don't pay for the movie, it is just a natgeo show with minimal 3D effects. completely over priced. will not be back.

Thank MatthewDD_13
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230 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

We visited the museum with our young nephews, and we were surprised that we wanted to be there for the entire day. Everyone enjoyed it, and it did not matter if you were young or old. For example, the water room on the first floor was great for the kids to explore, but the parents got into it too--trying to... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Clearly designed for elementary school field trips. This isn't the Smithsonian, or New York Museum of Natural History or Boston Science Museum. Everything is on a third grade level with garish colors and big knobs for little hands. There are some interesting things and the place has potential but somebody decided that adults are not an important audience.

1 Thank Mark M
West Hartford, Connecticut
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199 reviews
65 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

We visited the Connecticut Science Center with our granddaughter and she loved it. The place is exciting with different exhibits and hands-on activities on 4 floors. It's very exciting to see young kids enjoy learning with each of the hands-on exhibits. We spent 4 hours there including lunch and a 3D movie about dinosaurs which was very informative and exciting... More 

Thank Travel33871
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103 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Depending on your interests you may really enjoy it. I'm so used to larger science museums that this science center was a little underwhelming for me.

1 Thank Tim B
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59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We took the entire 5th grade from our school to the Science Center and all the students loved it! Their favorites were the space exhibit, the crash test exhibit and the Leonardo traveling exhibit. The museum does get a bit noisy- the acoustics are not good there and the elevators can get very busy when the museum is crowded

Thank Maureen H
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52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is a place for all ages. We have a membership and we go often. Getting the membership is the way to go...

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