Please note our limted hours. We are currently open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Plan your visit to the Museum or check out our Planetarium Show Schedule. Cumming Nature Center is open normal hours.

A Message from Hillary Olson, President & CEO

Hillary Olson

Greetings from the RMSC family to yours. We can’t wait for your visit!

I am excited to share with you the richness and diversity that RMSC has to offer. Our 106-year tradition of science learning remains strong and is continuously growing, from our newly renovated Strasenburgh Planetarium where we can discover the wonders of our universe; to the Cumming Nature Center with its 900 acres, six miles of idyllic trails, and innovative Forest School; to the Science Museum where fun, hands-on exploration sparks wonder and accomplishment, and where exploring the past helps us become better citizens today. Discovery and wonder await us around every turn.

As Rochester’s hub of lifelong science learning, RMSC lets us experience the thrill of invention and innovation. Discover your AHA! moment in Inventor Center, a participatory maker space, as you power a city, harness the wind, or launch a catapult; explore real-time weather events on Earth and other planets on the interactive globe in Science on a Sphere; make light bend and shadows dance using 21st century technology in Illumination: The World of Light and Optics; and marvel at the power of energy in Electricity Theater, one of the first musical twin-Tesla coil experiences in the country capable of emitting 11-foot arcs of lighting.

With its 1.2 million collection items and iconic dioramas, RMSC invites us to immerse ourselves in rich exhibits that explore our region’s past and present. Meet Ice-Age giants and come face-to-face with a musk ox in Expedition Earth; discover how Rochester became America’s first western boomtown in Rochester in 1838: Young Lion of the West; and join the conversation on issues that are important to our community today in Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism.

I invite you, your family, your friends, and your imagination to join me on this amazing journey at RMSC. Engage all five of your senses as you immerse yourself in scientific discovery, wonder at the natural and cultural history of our region, and honor the traditions of the first people to live and work here. Reward your curiosity with a visit today.

Please share your suggestions; we value your feedback.


— Hillary Olson, President & CEO


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