Connecticut Science Center

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford: Hours, Address, Connecticut Science Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Connecticut Science Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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ahlavac
Brookfield, CT9 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We had so much fun here! Our almost 5yo son had a ball with all of the hands-on bells and whistles! Yes, I said “hands-on!” If you’re still uneasy about covid and aren’t comfortable with life slowly returning to normal (all sarcasm aside), then this place isn’t for you. There are still a few exhibits/structures that are closed to follow safety guidelines but there was plenty to do! We were just so happy to see our kid actually play and tinker with the machines to see how they worked. We went during spring break and purchased our tickets ahead of time for a 1:00 entry time. I’m so glad we did because the place started to empty out around 2 or so and we had most of the floors to ourselves! We did have to wait for about 10-15min in the lobby for the 1st exhibit with a bunch of water and tubes but once we were in, it was worth it! Some parents had brought little foldable ponchos for their kids which was probably a good idea. They do have paper towels in the corner. Most of the families were courteous about sharing and taking turns with the activities/centers but of course you have a few who will hog a machine. Our son was pretty patient most of the time and when it started to get too long we would just say louder “It’s almost your turn, bud!” And they finally got the hint. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. One girl came over to make sure there were enough blank papers for him to draw on and sanitized, sharpened pencils at one of the space stations. We ate lunch afterwards around 3:30 in the subway which wasn’t bad at all. The way had their new fro yo for dessert which was of course pricey but again, pretty good! The gift shop is closed which was both a blessing and a bummer at the same time! The bathrooms were nice and clean too. We didn’t buy any of the “add ons” like the butterfly excursion or the 3D movie. I’m glad we didn’t because it honestly would’ve been too much for our son. We spent a little over 3 hours there with all the different floors. If you have older kids, it would be better, and if you go earlier. We would definitely come back...it was a great family day with lots of good memories!
Written April 16, 2021
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annamarie0906
north branford, CT45 contributions
Aug 2020
We LOVE the science center! We try to go at least 1x/year, but this year we've been able to make it 2x so far. My 10 year old has loved this place since the 1st time we went years ago. This was the 1st time we went during the pandemic and they've done such a wonderful job. Really easy to book tickets. Love the lack of crowds. Although some stuff is closed still, so much is open and we still spent a good 3 hours there (my son probably would have stayed much longer). So much to see, learn, do. The staff is so friendly and welcoming.
I highly recommended visiting, especially right now when they can probably use it. If you can go to the grocery store for at least 30min w/your mask on, you can definitely go to places like this and enjoy your time and help these businesses out.
Written August 25, 2020
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JenJF5678
Wallingford, CT210 contributions
Jul 2012
Every once in a while, the science center is open late for adults only. They call in Liquid Lounge. All of the exhibits are open, each floor has a different band/DJ, and drinks are for sale. It's a fun and different way to explore science and get to know new people.
Written July 30, 2012
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allen989
Wilder, VT33 contributions
Jul 2019
Having heard wonderful reviews about the 7 story science museum we took our grandchildren expecting to spend the day there. Alert: there are only exhibits on 3 floors. On the plus side the exhibits are almost all interactive and the kids had a ball. On the minus side, as other reviews have mentioned, there were numerous schools groups there with VERY unattentive teachers. So to say these kids were out of control is an understatement. I ended up waiting in the lines with my grandchildren so that kids didn't continue to cut in line ahead of them. Be prepared to be exhausted after your visit so that your children have a good time. Although a little pricey, the butterfly exhibit was totally awesome and we spent over a spellbound hour in that exhibit alone. Easy off and on access to the museum.
Written March 5, 2020
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carriemork
Barkhamsted, CT7 contributions
Wow-very expensive for a family of 4 and it is way over rated. Need to lower the price or offer a family discounted ticket.
Written November 2, 2012
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worldtravelers1960
Pittsfield, MA47 contributions
There are many science museums around, but this is clearly one of the best. Exhibits are mostly "hands-on" and very instructive as well as entertaining for children of all ages and adults alike. (As long as they are in working order - unfortunately, on three subsequent visits we found many of the exhibits broken or nonfunctional, which always surprises me - why doesn't anybody fix them?) The exhibits are grouped together by themes ("Space" , "Medicine" etc.), so it is easy to plan your day. We had no problems occupying our kids (ages 11 and 14) for hours, and learning a lot ourselves. The staff can only be described as young and clueless (at best) and definitely have no knowledge at all about any of the exhibits or the subject matter, so don't expect any help or guidance. Their only functiion seems to be to rudely ask you to get out of there at closing time. One word of caution regarding the movie theater: Unfortunately, they don't post a day-to-day schedule on the web site. There are two schedules, one for Mo - Fri, the other for "weekends (Sat and Sun) and holidays". We had driven for 1 1/2 hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving, only to discover that we had missed the movie we had come to see since the "Holiday schedule" was in effect. The Friday after Thanksgiving is certainly not a holiday, not a federal holiday nor a CT state holiday. The staff was really quite condescending about the issue, treated us as if we were some dummies who don't even know what a holiday is, and certainly didn't offer a refund of any kind. So call ahead to avoid major disappointment. Otherwise, a great attraction for the entire family.
Written November 27, 2010
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BillT2
Hartford, CT174 contributions
This gorgeous and bizarre new building is a wonderful addition to the downtown Hartford skyline. Located adjacent to the new civic center and a new hotel, it runs along the riverfront. Parking is available on the property itself.
The building is six stories high with exhibits on the top three floors. The bottom floor houses the theater, gift shop, and a restaurant. If you choose the ticket with the movie option, you have your choice between two 3-D movies... each lasting about a half hour. We chose the Dinosaurs; the other one was the story of the sun.
All in all it was a wonderful experience for just about all ages but is obviously geared towards the school-aged. Almost all exhibits are hands-on and fun. Throughout the exhibit area, you will find folks with red shirts ready and willing to answer your questions and help you; a novel approach nowadays.
We took our visiting granddaughter and truly enjoyed the day at the center. It has only been open, at this writing, for a few weeks and a few exhibits are still under construction and we saw areas yet to be developed so this promises to be one of the new highlights for Connecticut visitors.
Written August 4, 2009
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Skysoldier4life
Marlborough208 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
What an absolute BLAST! This museum reopens after dark with drinks for adults...in a costume party type setting for Halloween. Was an absolute blast, and I fully intend to attend it again. Really a brilliant idea, whoever came up with it.
Written June 13, 2018
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Mark M
Washington DC, DC7 contributions
Mar 2016 • Business
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.
Written November 18, 2016
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Lavina G
Hartford, CT12 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
We get a yearly membership and spend enough hours there to make it worth it.
The kids have enjoyed it since they were 2yrs. Their favorite is the outerspace room, but the changing exhibit is fun to check out too. My husband will take the kids on a Saturday and be there for up to 3 hours. If you live in the area, its a great investment if you have little kids and want to get out of the house. Especially great on cold winter days. Its interesting for adults too, but with the kids it's hard to focus long enough to really appreciate the exhibits.
Written September 13, 2016
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