The RMSC Museum and Strasenburgh Planetarium are Open for Regular Hours. Plan Your Visit.

Reminder: ALL visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when indoors visiting the RMSC.

Who We Are

The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) ignites a passion for lifelong learning and equips our community with the foundational skills, knowledge, and understanding of the technologies needed to help solve society’s most pressing challenges. The RMSC includes three locations, the RMSC Museum, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, and the Cumming Nature CenterA group of children playing with slime

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rochester Museum & Science Center is to inspire a better future for all through curiosity, exploration, and participation in science, culture, and the natural world. (Adopted by the Board of Trustees on January 29, 2020)

RMSC Values

Community: Providing an inclusive, fun space that fosters learning and collaboration to benefit our diverse region and increase the impact of our efforts.
Innovation: Creating improved and more innovative ways of executing our mission by not resting on our accomplishments, but rather by building upon them to exceed expectations in everything we do.
Excellence: Offering engaging, enjoyable experiences that spark curiosity, promote exploration, and inspire creativity to address the changing needs of our world.
Lifelong Learning: Fostering an environment that encourages a purposeful ongoing pursuit of new concepts, knowledge, and ideas for learners of all ages through educational programs, interactive exhibits, and scientific and civic engagement across the community.
Integrity: Embodying respect, responsibility, and accuracy in our educational programs, collections management, exhibits, and events, demonstrated through thoughtful interactions with members, staff, donors, and the communities we serve.


Our Team

We are the translators and interpreters of scholarly scientific knowledge and the conveners and facilitators of community dialogue. We work with communities of origin and interest to illuminate the lived experiences and cultural perspectives of the people we represent in a way that is authentic, respectful, and useful. We make content accessible and relevant through the inclusion of many voices. We utilize data-driven decision-making to guide our work, presenting information and experiences that are contextualized within history and culture to respect multiple worldviews and are supported by facts and true information. 

The RMSC is a place that provides the inspiration and tools for guests to follow their own curiosity, where they can experience new delight and wonder upon each visit or dive into specific subjects to participate in solving the deepest challenges of our times. It is a place where each learner is encouraged to follow their own unique journey.

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