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RMSC Science Stories

From behind-the-scenes stories to science news, our blog is your place to discover more about the RMSC and your world.

Rochester: The Flower City

Rochester: The Flower City

Around this time each year Rochester explodes with color. The Flower City boasts the blooms of flowering trees like magnolias and dogwoods, the bright hues of pansies and tulips, and most recognized, the dazzling purples, pinks, and whites of the lilacs. Rochesterians have embraced this botanical display with great celebration for decades. Let me take you back in time to the start of Rochester’s journey as the Flower City. 

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A Wild Year for the RMSC

A Wild Year for the RMSC

Alligators, kangaroos and opossums—oh my! The Wildlife Defenders have become well-loved guests at the RMSC with their engaging live animal shows and we’re excited to announce that you’ll be seeing even more of them in 2017. Almost every Saturday this year, you’ll see them on our schedule at 12:30 and 2:30pm.

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A Scientist's Holiday Wish List

A Scientist's Holiday Wish List

On the hunt for the perfect gifts for friends and family who love exploring, experimenting and discovering new things about the universe we live in? We've got a few ideas in mind for scientists of any age. 

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Coming Soon: A More Eco-Friendly RMSC

Coming Soon: A More Eco-Friendly RMSC

Good planets are hard to find—we’d better give our Earth some love!

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VIDEO: Celebrating Earth Day with Science On a Sphere

VIDEO: Celebrating Earth Day with Science On a Sphere

Celebrate Earth Day with our newest permanent experience at the Museum, Science On a Sphere. Real-time data visualizations projected with stunning accuracy and detail will help you understand and explore Earth from its earthquakes to its ice caps. 

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A Peek Into RMSC Collections: Trolley Car No. 55

A Peek Into RMSC Collections: Trolley Car No. 55

 

Walking through Rochester, the partially filled-in Inner Loop and the abandoned remnants of a subway system speak of a long, dynamic history of transportation in our city. However, before the highways, before the subway, before even electric streetcars, there was another system of transportation that helped Rochesterians on their way: horse-drawn trolley cars.  

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On the Home Front of Frog Conservation

On the Home Front of Frog Conservation

Think about what’s in your backyard. A deck, a swing set, just grass? How about a wildlife habitat? That’s what Eric Warren has in his backyard. Though he lives in the city of Rochester, the backyard of this artist and amphibian advocate is an official amphibian wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation.

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