This week, the Museum & Science Center Is Open:

  • Mon

    Closed Mondays during the school year
  • Tue

    9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Wed

    9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Thu

    9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Fri

    9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sat

    9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sun

    11:00 am-5:00 pm
    10:00am – 11:00am

Museum & Science Center General Admission


Always Free For RMSC Members


General Admission

Adults 18+


Seniors & Students

Valid ID Required


Youth Admission

Children 3-18


Toddler Admission

Children under 3


Active Military / Veteran Admission

Valid Military ID Required


Museums For All

EBT Card Required


Educators, AFTER booking a field trip

Valid ID Required


ASTC Members**

With Member ID

Starting October 13, 2023 through May 19, 2024 prices will temporarily increase by $2 per ticket. Sash the sloth and his friends need a lot of extra care and snacks, including a turndown service each night. This traveling exhibit price is only temporary and entry into Survival of the Slowest: Counterintuitive Adaptations will be included with your general admission!

Educators: Visit our Field Trips webpage to learn more about our Educator discount!

**Members of the Buffalo Museum of Science and other participating ASTC science centers or museums can visit for free!


The RMSC wants to make visiting and learning accessible to all. We currently have discounts available for several different groups.


museums for all $3 admission

The RMSC is a participating museum of Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits may visit the Museum & Science Center at a reduced admission rate of $3 per person, up to four people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This offer is not valid at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium or RMSC Cumming Nature Center.

Purchase a Museums for All family memberships here.


Blue Star museums $3 discount

The RMSC offers a $3 discount year-round to both active military and veterans.

Through Blue Star Museums:  from Armed Forces Day in May to Labor Day in September, we provide free admission to active-duty military including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, marines, National Guard, and Reserve members, with up to five family members. Please bring your Geneva convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card to show to our Welcome Center team upon arrival.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, The Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.


bank of america Free days

The RMSC offers free admission to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders on the first full weekend of every month.

Present your active card along with a photo ID for admission. 

This offer is valid for cardholders only, guests are not eligible for free admission. This offer includes free admission to the RMSC Museum & Science Center and Star Shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium. 

Rochester Museum & Science Center

group reservations $10/person

Group reservations admit your group at a discounted rate of $10/person. 

This ticket is for Museum & Science Center general admission only. You must have 10 or more people in your party to be considered a group. Additional charge(s) may apply for special exhibitions or programs. 

Please call 585.697.1942 or email to place a group reservation in advance.


admission happy hour

Visit the RMSC Museum & Science Center Tuesday-Friday between 4–5pm and you’ll receive $2 off of your admission!

This offer excludes holidays & school break weeks.



Students, faculty, and staff of RIT’s NTID program receive free admission to the RMSC Museum & Science Center.

A badge or ID must be shown to receive this admission benefit.


Are you planning to visit the Strasenburgh Planetarium too?

Receive a $4 discount on combined admission when you purchase your tickets at the box office or front desk.

Tickets to Planetarium shows must be purchased separately.
Tickets purchased online are valid for the date selected and are non refundable.
Please check for the most up-to-date information on our hours.


The Museum & Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Eisenhart Auditorium, and Gannett Building are all located on a 13-acre campus just minutes from downtown Rochester, NY.

RMSC Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
Rochester NY, 14607

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium
657 East Avenue
Rochester NY, 14607


The Museum & Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Eisenhart Auditorium, and Gannett Building are all located on a 13-acre campus just minutes from downtown Rochester, NY.

RMSC Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
Rochester NY, 14607

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium
657 East Avenue
Rochester NY, 14607


  • Take the I-490 Expressway.
  • Exit at Culver Road.
  • Go north on Culver Road.
  • Turn left on East Avenue.
  • Proceed approximately one mile to 657 East Avenue.
  • Turn left onto the campus for FREE parking.

Campus Map

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Gift Certificates Available!

To purchase a gift certificate to the RMSC or our gift shop, please call Guest Services at 585.697.1942. You can also buy gift certificates in-person at the RMSC Museum & Science Center Welcome Center.

Closures & Holiday Open Hours

Please note: During the school year September – June, the RMSC is typically closed on Mondays, except during school holidays.

Closing Early

  • December 24th, 2023

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Open day after Christmas

  • December 26th, 2023

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open New Year’s Eve

  • December 31st, 2023

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open New Year’s Day

  • January 1st, 2024

Open Hours

  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open for MLK Day

  • January 15th, 2024

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open for Presidents Day

  • February 19th, 2024

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open for Spring Break

  • April 1st, 2024

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


  • April 8th, 2024

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open for school holiday

  • April 22nd, 2024

Open Hours

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Foot Traffic Forecast for the RMSC




Tuesday—Sunday:  11am–2pm

Now serving pizza, subs, and salads from Mark’s Pizzeria! 

visitor Code of Conduct


Covid Safety

Your safety is our top priority. See below to learn about our COVID policies and procedures to create a safe space for all.

What we’re doing to keep you safe

  • Reservations are not required for members or visitors, but visitors are encouraged to purchase advanced tickets online. Onsite ticket purchases will also be accepted. RMSC Members can simply show their membership card when they arrive as normal. 
  • Providing substantial access to hand sanitizer and encouraging hand washing often.
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting throughout our facility.
  • For more information, see RMSC’s Cleaning and Sanitation Standards below.

What we’re asking our visitors to do

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Purchase tickets in advance before you visit.
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and be sure to cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stay with your party when walking through the Museum & Science Center, and keep children within reach at all times.
  • Please be patient – don’t crowd around exhibits. Practice social distancing and remain 6 feet away from others not in your party. 

RMSC Cleaning and Sanitation Standards

  • We have worked diligently to ensure a safe environment for all who come through our doors. We will continue to rely on guidance from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and Monroe County Health Department to make operational decisions and adjustments as necessary. 
  • RMSC custodial staff is on-site before, during, and after the Museum & Science Center, Nature Center, and Planetarium operating hours to sanitize and clean the restrooms, cafe, common areas, and exhibit galleries.
  • Staff are frequently cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and highly interactive and hands-on surfaces.
  • The Star Theater chairs, railings and other high touch areas will be disinfected after every show.
  • Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the Museum & Science Center, Planetarium, and Nature Center.
  • Staff and volunteers are required to frequently wash their hands and to not come to work if they are sick or have a fever.

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