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Address: 601 1st St, Ithaca, NY 14850-3507
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+1 607-272-0600
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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. The Sciencenter is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm. Open Mondays in July and August and holiday Mondays. The Sciencenter is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

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Best Museum ever for the whole family

I had heard about this museum or science center for years. Finally took the grands there over Christmas. It was late afternoon, center was still mobbed by families of all sizes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I had heard about this museum or science center for years. Finally took the grands there over Christmas. It was late afternoon, center was still mobbed by families of all sizes and ages. We were all swept up in the unique hands on exhibits that covers a gamut of topics. We could have spent all day there and it looks... More 

Thank MamanNY
Brooktondale, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ended up here after doing the Sagan Planet Walk, and, I mean...it was fine! It's not really meant for grown-ups, and, as a grown-up, I was a little bored by a lot of the exhibits. The animal room was fun, though--we got to see crested gecko up close and even touch it, and that was cool.

Thank chairduck
Upstate, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

When it was just beginning, we took our son there. Now, he takes his daughter. What wonderful adventure for children! My grands love it. I bought a membership for them. It just gets better and better

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

Thank you for this great review! We are so happy to hear that you and your grandchildren enjoy the Sciencenter so much. We look forward to your next visit. Best, Amy Gaulke Public and Media Relations Manager More 

Greenbelt, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Because I live in the DC area and have my standards set by the Smithsonian, I'm spoiled for museums since few can compare. This one, though, had a host of engaging, hands-on exhibits, from magnets and nanoparticles to driving a Mars rover to experimenting with water flow. It's oriented mostly toward the younger set, but this 58-year-old NASA engineer had... More 

2 Thank kevinwparker
Elmira, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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

2 Thank JohnandJaneS
Dallas, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank LindseyWJ
Corning, New York
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

3 Thank joannm1026
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Saratoga Springs, New York
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Darrow M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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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