Rochester Museum & Science Center

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Rochester Museum & Science Center

Rochester Museum & Science Center
4.5
Science Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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MichaMarieRose
Niagara Falls, NY325 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Absolutely loved it here !! So much fun the dinosaurs were so realistic and actually scared me a few times when they moved lol. So many things you can actually play with and experience. I’m from out of town so I’m not used to there being a large deaf community in the area I was absolutely thrilled when I saw a very interesting holographic video playing of the women who shaped rochesters history signing in ASL. It really made my day. Also the museum is very we’ll kept the staff are very friends I has a wonderful time and would definitely go again.
Written November 13, 2021
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GLaSota
Lancaster, NY321 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Made a day-outing to Rochester from Buffalo to see the Women Changemakers Exhibit. This was an excellent exhibit with so many interactive/tech displays. We arrived at 10 am and didn’t leave until 1:30. There was so much information and it took a while to either read each women’s display notes and/or watch the explanatory videos. We learned so much about women from the Rochester area and the contributions they have made, or are making, in our global world. Rochester can be very proud! The exhibit was thoroughly planned and so well presented. We’ll be keeping track of future exhibits at this museum.
Written May 8, 2021
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY737 contributions
Oct 2020
The museum is three floors with my visit limited to only the first floor.

The first floor is mostly the Expedition Earth & the Adventure Zone. The E.E. starts with small sea live exhibit before the end of the dinosaurs. There is one dinosaur-a Albertosaurus-65,000,00 years ago. Next is wildlife about 15,000 years ago with replicas of the Mastodon, Caribou, Raindeer & Muskox. Nearby is a replica of a mile high glacier, which a visitor can walk through along with much information. Also small wildlife of the modern era.

The Adventure Zone is mostly for the children. Exhibits are the Erie Canal-which a visitor can operate the locks-open & shut-and move a tug to the locks. Following exhibits are a sailing exhibit, a three life chair for different ages, a rock climbing wall a climbing slide structure, with netting-this exhibit was closed-ending with a Rain Garden Theater.

The second floor concerns the slavery of the United States & how the African-Americans were able to escape their predicament of slavery. In detail is the life & words of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Austin Steward, Thomas James & Henry Brown. Much of the history includes some photographs from the 1850's, many prints/illustrations, & how the Underground Railway was used to Freedom.

After the African-American exhibit is the Native-Americans from the U.S., Central America & Canada. The U.S. Indians include Iroquois, Navajo, Pueblo, Indians of Peru & Guatemala, Indians of the Northwest, Plains & Southeast, Algonquian Indians of Canada. In glass cases are clothing, vases, blankets, weapons of war & masks. One interesting exhibit is the Iroquois Wood Carvings.

The Native-American exhibit is larger than the African-American, however both are interesting & educational.

Also on the second floor is "Iullumination" -The World of Light & Optics. The 'Galley'-which has something the way light works or affects our lives. The Forces of Nature and Science on Sphere-which is a 4-5 metric sphere that rotates while hanging from the ceiling-about weather patterns.

Other museum feature are: an elevator that services all three floors, restrooms on each floor, a fountain located on the second floor and a gift shop behind the admission booth.

A map of the third floor exhibits of: Rochester In 1838, The Changemakers-Rochester Women Who Changed the World & The Electricity Theater. With a short walk is the Strasenburg Planetarium. When the coronavirus calms down, I will retrn to visit the third floor and the planetarium.

My visit lasted about three & half hours that included photography-lighting is excellent-reading as much as possible, & talking with the staff. Each member I talked with was polite & answered all my questions.

There is no cafe, however within a 1/4 mile is Calabresella's On The Park-a sub/deli shop. The gentlemen at admissions helped with instructions to the shop. Walking only takes about 12-13 minutes.

Parking is what I would call a medium lot with at least 4 handicapped spaces, My visit was on a Saturday morning & afternoon, not many visitor. One staff member informed me during certain months there are student tours.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30-4:30. Sunday 11:00-4:00.
Admission: Adults-$16.00. Senior & collage students-with ID-$15.00. Ages 3-18-$14.00.

I realize this is a long review for just three floors, however each floor is very detailed, well exhibited & displayed. Both floors are interesting, historical and educational. A visit is highly recommended for any length of time.
Written November 19, 2020
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Jason P
Lansing, MI710 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Strange combination of city of Rochester history exhibits, Native People’s exhibits, natural history exhibits, and a science museum. Most of the exhibits seemed dated and some were out of order due to Covid and some were just broken.

Been to other science museums in cities that are Rochester’s size (Toledo and Fort Wayne) that are more engaging for kids and more fun.

Not very cheap either at $16/adult and $14/kid. On the positive side, parking is free and while the cafe is closed due to Covid, they do allow you to bring in food and beverage and eat in the cafe seating area. Neighborhood around museum is very interesting with lots of historic mansions.

Written August 4, 2020
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Pat R
Clifton Park, NY15 contributions
Feb 2020
We took our 5 year old and spent the entire day playing. Many innovative activities. The place was clean and the employees friendly and helpful
Written February 15, 2020
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The_Prince_Lestat
Ontario, Canada451 contributions
Dec 2019
This museum is not too big, which was nice. You can easily see everything.
I love the sience side so the robots and the DMC car from Back to the Future were the star items for me.
The nature section was excellent also and had great information about the rochester area and the natives.
Written January 3, 2020
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aqmike97
Rochester, NY33 contributions
Aug 2019
They had a music show using Tesla Coils. It was awesome and educational. We also learned about weather and the history of Rochester, NY
Written December 20, 2019
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Larry J
Orrville, OH3 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
Parking is easy which I like. Looks small from outside but inside is huge and it was a great day. My 14 and 28 year old loved it as much as I did!
Written November 11, 2019
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Jon S
Rochester, NY249 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
This isn't the biggest museum of it's kind but for its size it packs a big punch. The exhibits are interesting, very interactive and hands-on, incredibly visual and immersive, and manages to be fun and educational for both kids and adults as well. Combine that with the Strasenburgh planetarium on the same property, and it can't be beat. I highly recommend either or both.
Written September 30, 2019
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ManateeCathy
Tonawanda, NY80 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We visited the museum with a large group. The exhibits were amazing. There was a good mix of hands on exhibits and ones to look at. They did offer programs throughout the day.
Written September 24, 2019
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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