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Sciencenter

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Address: 601 1st St, Ithaca, NY 14850-3507
Phone Number: 16072720600
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great for kids

My eight year old grand daughter enjoyed herself but it was very interesting for this 68 year old engineer, too!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2016
JohnandJaneS
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Elmira, New York
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Elmira, New York
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

My eight year old grand daughter enjoyed herself but it was very interesting for this 68 year old engineer, too!

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Dallas, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

If you can go on a day where you can use the outdoor playground it brings you it to 5 stars. It is a really reasonable museum and everything is hands on. Loved the interactive feel. My children, 6 and 9, were ready go through each exhibit a second time. I liked that they stretched the mind through brain teasers... More 

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Corning, New York
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Science concepts are presented in an engaging and fun way for elementary aged children. There is an inside and outside part to the museum. There are places for grandparents to sit in several of the sections. The center has a special area for children 4 and under to enjoy while older siblings tour other parts. Younger children could also play... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Anything that can keep these 4 kids interested for 3 or 4 hours is always a winner in my book! All the exhibits were interactive and hands on. My daughter loved the musical room and my son the space. On the day we went the outside space was being renovated but to be honest we found enough to do inside... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Ithaca is surprisingly urban for being upstate. Our visit to Scienccenter was a great afternoon. Based on a tried and true formula for hands on science museums this is a good sized facility clean and everything worked! Great outdoor area for further fun and learning.

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Thank Darrow M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

A great place for kids and kids at heart. Many interactive, informative, and fun activities teach children about some of the fundamentals of science. A large playground explores the physics behind sound and motion. A two story main exhibit area with a rotating special exhibit, animal room, and central area with a toddler area. My nephews are 2 and 1... More 

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Queens Village, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

The kids absolutely loved it. They loved the hands on activities. Very family friendly atmosphere. Ramps made stroller accessible everywhere which was great both indoors and outdoors. Bathrooms were clean. Staff was friendly. Will definitely come back if traveling this way.

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Groton, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I wanted to love this museum, I really did. It is convenient, reasonably priced and pretty big, but unfortunately it was just average. It has a lovely hands on water play interactive area just for little kids that was fun, my 3 year old could have played there for hours. However, I felt that many of their other exhibits were... More 

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Sciencenter, Public Relations Manager at Sciencenter, responded to this review

Hello Amy, Thank you for writing a review about the Sciencenter, we truly value your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your visit wasn't as enjoyable as you had hoped. You mentioned that you felt as though some of our exhibits were missing interactive elements. Are you able to share any specific things that you remember? As you mentioned,... More 

Rome, New York
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

We took 4 children here, ranging in age from 4-11. Everyone, including the adults, had a great time! Would definitely visit again.

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Buffalo, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

I wish I had children I would bring them here for a learning and fun experience. Science just become so much more interesting thanks to the sciencecenter.

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