New York Hall of Science

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New York Hall of Science
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and participatory activities that explain science, technology, engineering, and math. A visit to NYSCI is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where you can indulge your curiosity and nurture your creativity. NYSCI offers professional development for teachers, produces curricula and resources for classrooms, and studies how technology, gaming and play affect how we learn. NYSCI was founded at the 1964-65 World's Fair and has evolved into New York's center for interactive science, serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year. Avoid the wait and buy tickets in advance at nysci.org - takes just seconds.
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adventix
Boston, MA1,488 contributions
Many of the attractions are closed, and some of the open ones are not fully functional... Still the visit was amazing. There is so much to do (hands on!) and to see. Prices are much cheaper compared to other big museums. If you are a group of 4 or more and you plan to visit one more time within a year - buy a membership as it would be cheaper.
Written March 5, 2022
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We're so glad you had a great time! We hope you are able to visit us again in the future.
Written March 10, 2022
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Claire K
Glen Cove, NY2 contributions
Family
The museum part is entertaining enough although it’s lots of videos and lots of them didn’t work. We really went for the survivor experience which was a huge disappointment. You walk through the exhibit I’m about 15 minutes - there is minimal hands on for the kids. Mostly more video and reading plaques - kids were bored. But then we get to the exciting part, the obstacle course at the end - yay! So much fun, especially if you consider a 90 minute wait as part of the ‘fun’. Kids really did love this part but the wait was almost 2 hours and time spent on the course is about 5 minutes.
Written February 16, 2020
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KirstyClabon
Cricklade, UK63 contributions
Couples
Perfect for kids 4-12, but as a group of adults I wish I hadn’t gone. Some of the exhibits are so interesting and really interactive but a lot of them are broken or missing pieces. Kids probably won’t notice how tired it is but we lost interest quite quickly. Also don’t plan on eating there!
Written February 5, 2020
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travulator
Manhattan28 contributions
Family
I’ve never been to a museum where half of the exhibits are broken, not working, or missing pieces until coming to the New York Hall of Science. Make sure you go at free admission times, parking still $12, and coat check $2 per item, so the museum will still get plenty of money.

Where does all that money go, plus admission, plus grants, plus donations—which they will ask you for? Certainly not into the program. Also, everything that seems interesting is an upsell, separate admission.

Maybe not so much the science museum as it should be the museum of commercial stagnation.
Written January 19, 2020
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MaryBeth G
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In a search, this came up as a top attraction in the area. In the FAQs on their website, one question was what is the age for the science center. The response was that it is fun for the whole family. So, we went and paid $90 for the four of us. We were very disappointed. This is really for young children. Our 11 and 14-year-olds did not find it interesting at all. The only saving grace was the 3D movie. That was fantastic! We spent a total of an hour there....25 minutes in the movie, 10 minutes waiting for the movie, 15 minutes in the cafe having coffee. Not worth $90......
Written August 14, 2021
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We're so sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience. We take all feedback seriously and will use your feedback to help improve our exhibit experiences for all guests.
Written March 10, 2022
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pamelamF2120IY
Palo Alto, CA64 contributions
Great hands on science museum. There are exhibits that all will find interesting, something for everyone in the family. Go outdoor to view space rockets, Don’t miss a peak at the great hall. It’s a beautiful space, with unique windows...it’s just wonderful...and a great place to hold a special event. There are interesting performers and events throughout the year. Go for a stroll in the park too.
Written January 4, 2020
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LifesShort99
New York City, NY245 contributions
Family
I was disappointed when I visited. All the outside activities were closed because it was winter but it wasn't that cold. Yet you are expected to pay full price. I went specifically for the gingerbread house display. It was very disappointed. They advertised over a hundred houses but a lot of them were the same. Think cookie cutter house. I was expecting more refined gingerbread houses. I paid extra for the Lego display and that was worth it. If you have small children, they will enjoy it. Sunday is free before 11am.
Written January 4, 2020
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The Sushi Guy 🍣
Long Island, NY13,466 contributions
Family
The kids are off from school for the week and this is my only day off. Today's outing needed to be one for the books. Unfortunately, it fell short...

I was going by memories of thirty years ago, when I lived in the area. When you're a child, everything you saw was grand. My kids did not really like it. My wife didn't think much of it either. I liked the bubble exhibits and the exhibits with anatomy. Everything else fell short for our family. For 2 adults and 3 children, the admission was $71, plus $12 to park.
Written April 22, 2019
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Departure25633
Savannah, GA2 contributions
Our children 15, 13, and 9 LOVED this place! And, I have to tell you that my husband and I did, too.

There is so much to experience here. The hands on science exhibits are thought-provoking and fun. For example: mirrors for optical illusions, a crazy room that makes kids look like they are turning into giants or shrinking, microscopes with views of bacteria eating other bacteria, and lots of "whoa - freaky! so THAT'S how that works! " exhibits.

The demonstrations by the staff are interesting. We saw one on lasers, how the light in lasers differs from other light, light filters, reflecting light, bending light, etc. We learned a lot.

There is a room with experiments set up on tables where a small booklet with large print instructions guides you through each step and explains the science behind what is happening. Each experiment takes only about 2 minutes. Again, the staff here was very helpful.

There is a huge science playground outside for an extra fee of $3 each. Unfortunately, we did not get to experience this because we saved it for last and didn't know that it closes before the Hall closes. (A good thing to know ahead of time.)

I HIGHLY recommend the Hall for kids & adults. One important thing to know though-This place is best for kids who can read. Many of the exhibits are meaningless if you can't read the sentences that explain what the exhibit is or how to work it. Younger, non-readers, will still enjoy the Hall, but be prepared to stay with them to explain the activities.

Take the 7 train into Queens and get off at 111th Street. The Hall is just a few blocks away. If you are a tourist, have your camera ready when the 7 subway comes above ground in Queens - this was the best photo op of the Manhattan skyline that we saw during our entire trip.

Before going into the Hall, you might like to take a walk around Flushing Meadows right next to the Hall. My kids went crazy with excitement when they recognized the towers and globe as the movie set from "Men In Black". (You may want to watch the movie a few days before your trip to Queens if your kids haven't seen it or may have forgotten it.) We didn't know about this and part of the fun was that the kids discovered this on their own and pointed it out to us old folks.

There is also a nice petting zoo with $1 admission if you have children that would enjoy this. You will also see the Arthur Ashe USTA tennis facility in the park and nearby Shea Stadium.

Have fun!
Written June 15, 2004
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TellTheTruthPlease
Scottish Highlands187 contributions
The New York Hall of Science is in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Consequently you really need to set aside the whole day for your visit to get the full use of your admission. Also, the walk between the subway and the Hall is a little ‘undesirable’ in my opinion, with no street signs to direct you. My advice is to study the map carefully in advance and try not to look like a tourist!

It is the city's only hands-on science and technology centre and has over 450 hands-on exhibits exploring biology, chemistry and physics and is very good for lively and enquiring minds of all ages. Our 11 year old son loves this place as it has so much to offer him and many exhibits to challenge his thinking too. As with all attractions of this type my best advice is to take a brief look around all the floors soon after arriving in order to ascertain which are your favoured areas - otherwise too much time is 'wasted' in areas of lesser interest, and frustration sets in as the time ticks by.

But the problem is that you just cannot enjoy it due to the HUGE numbers of 'summer camp' kids who arrive in droves!! Now don't misunderstand me, I'm all for 'hands on' educational trips, but this is something else!! There were 15 school buses parked up as we arrived about mid- day. Each one having transported a group of the most unruly, bad mannered, selfish, inconsiderate kids it has ever been my displeasure to meet. Now, imagine your own small family group arriving here for a day out and I can guarantee that your visit will be ruined by summer camp groups. You will not be warned by the staff at the desk, nor will you be offered a reduced rate because of the camps. However, you will NOT be able to get anywhere near the exhibits to try anything for yourself due to these obnoxious kids. On a positive note, the camp kids all wear brightly coloured shirts displaying their camp name. I suggest you make a note of these and contact the Principle with your observations.

So, for those of you still prepared to brave the neighbourhood, the summer camps and the germs (of which there must be millions!), the following might be of some interest:

The address of The New York Hall of Science is 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368. It can be accessed via the 7 train to 111th Street Station followed by a three block walk south. Or the Q23 or Q58 buses to Corona Avenue and 108 Street will bring you close by, as will the Q48 to 111 Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Admission charges are $15 for Adults ages 18 & older and $12 for children aged 2-17 and senior citizens 62+. There are also combination tickets available which include General Admission, the Rocket Park Mini Golf and the Science Playground. These increase the charges to $29/$24 respectively. Also, if you wish to check in bags/coats there is a further $1 per item charge. It may be of interest to you to note that the New York Hall of Science offers free admission on Fridays 2 – 5 pm and on Sundays 10 – 11 am. It opens Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm and 10am – 6pm on Saturday & Sunday except between September 16 – March 31 when it is closed on Mondays.

I hope this helps.
Written July 16, 2015
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