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Rochester Museum & Science Center Monthly Calendar: April 2016

    Museum Hours:

    Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
    Sunday: 11am-5pm

    Museum Admission:

    $13 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, $11 ages 3-18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members.

    Strasenburgh Planetarium Hours and Admission:

    See show schedule.

    Museum and Strasenburgh Planetarium Combined Admission:

    $17 adults, $15 seniors and college students with ID, $14 ages 3-18

    Cumming Nature Center Hours:

    Wednesday-Friday: 9am-3:30pm; Saturday-Sunday: 9am-4:30pm

    Cumming Nature Center Admission:

    RMSC members free; General public requested donation-$3 per person; $10 per family.

    Museum Special Events

    657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
    Unless otherwise noted, programs are located at RMSC and are free with museum admission

    Mess-tival: Gross Science
    Friday, March 25-Saturday, March 26, Monday, March 28-Sunday, April 3: 11am­­-3pm
    It’s a festival of mess! Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) during spring break get more than their hands dirty at the super icky Mess-tival: Gross Science weeklong program. The experience takes place from 11am to 3pm on Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and then Monday, March 28 through Sunday, April 3 and features yucky hands-on fun for the whole family and the opportunity to create a variety of messes each day throughout the week.

    RMSC Uncorked & On Tap
    Friday, April 8, 2016: 6-10pm
    Join us on Friday, April 8, 2016 as we pair fermentation, food and fun and once again host RMSC Uncorked & On Tap, an event bringing dozens of local food, craft beer, wine and spirit vendors to the museum for an evening of sampling, entertainment and unique insights into the science of wine, beer and spirits. For details and ticket information, visit

    Saturday, April 9-Sunday, April 10: 11am-3pm
    Bond with us as we explore the world of nano through various hands-on activities and demonstrations on all three floors of the Museum.

    Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge Lectures

    Explore cutting-edge science, Museum exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after-hours experience. Lectures start at 7pm; Museum opens at 5:30pm for visitors to explore before the lecture.

    Sleeping Beauty: Studying the Sense of Smell of King Penguins
    Presenter: Dr. Gregory Cunningham, Associate Professor of Biology at St. John Fisher College
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Tickets: Adult RMSC Member: $8, Adult General Public: $10; Student RMSC Member: $5, Student General Public: $6
    Register: 585.697.1942 or at

    Science Alive

    Sponsored by Corning Incorporated Foundation and Time Warner Cable

    We put fun science live on center stage. Exciting experiments with museum educators, hands-on explorations with science experts from our community, live animal presentations and “singing” lightning in the Electricity Theater are just some of the Science Alive experiences you’ll have at the RMSC.

    Spring Break Science Alive shows and activities will take place in addition to the normal Science Alive Schedule, Saturday, March 19 through Sunday, April 3. See for details.

    Electricity Theater
    Musical lightning powered by twin Tesla coils zaps across the dark theater. Are you brave enough to get in the Faraday Cage?
    Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4pm

    Science Encounters
    Try your hand at fun science experiments with RMSC staff and volunteers in exhibit galleries.
    Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm

    Live Science Shows
    Discover fiery explosions and extreme temperatures through live performances on the Bausch Auditorium stage.
    Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 1pm and 3pm

    Science On a Sphere® Presentations
    Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 11:30am and 1:30pm
    Engage in the wonders of our planet and beyond as you experience scientific data in three dimensions on our giant globe. See Earth and the universe in a whole new way through stunning projections of atmospheric storms, climate change, planetary activity and ocean temperature.

    Featured Presenters
    Exciting upcoming programs with featured scientists and science enthusiasts from across the community! Check for details.

    Wildlife Defenders
    Every Saturday at 12:30pm and 2:30pm now through April 9; Spring Break times: Friday, April 1-Saturday, April 3 at 12:30pm and 2:30pmLive animal presentations, including Eastern Grey Kangaroo, African Crested Porcupine and South American Marine Toads, and environmental and wildlife conservation awareness. Riedman Gallery

    Show times are subject to change. Call 585.697.1942 to confirm. To request an interpreter for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, please call at least two weeks in advance: 585.697.1942.

    Simulator Rides

    Enjoy special limited-time only simulator rides throughout the year. Most* special rides are $1 per person (members included). Visitors can enjoy the Lake Ontario ride daily for free.

    HD Rat Race
    Join these furry little friends as they race their tiny cars through your house.
    April: Daily

    Hurricane Simulator
    Experience the power of 75mph hurricane-force winds! Several people can experience at the same time for the price of one simulation. *$2 charge per simulation (members included).

    Spring Break Week Camps: Summer Fun Sneak-A-Peek

    Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1
    Try your hand at Green Machines, Sidewalk Science, Candy Chemistry and Junk Drawer Science. Join us for the full week, or for a day or two! For details and to register, visit


    Frogs: A Chorus of Colors traveling exhibition
    Closes April 10
    Media sponsors: Entercom Radio and

    Live Poison Dart Frog Feeding-9:30am Monday-Saturday

    Discover fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Examine them as they jump, climb and glide in their natural environments recreated in astonishing detail. From the tropical forests to scorching deserts, observe rare and unusual frogs up close and in seldom-seen detail. Perform a virtual dissection. Enjoy unique frog-related items from RMSC’s collections, including frog skeletons. Before it’s too late, leap into nature’s rainbow-colored ecosystem and discover the important role frogs play in our lives. Live animal show by the Wildlife Defenders every Saturday at 12:30pm and 2:30pm now through April 9.

    Science On a Sphere
    Permanent experience; Presentations Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 11:30am and 1:30pm
    Sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC and O’Connell Electric Company
    Engage in the wonders of our planet and beyond as you experience scientific data in three dimensions on our giant globe. See Earth and the universe in a whole new way through stunning projections of atmospheric storms, climate change, planetary activity and ocean temperature.

    Illumination: The World of Light and Optics
    Experiment with lasers, lenses and mirrors as you explore the nature of light and optics. Immerse yourself in more than fifteenhands-on exhibits that demonstrate exciting scientific concepts including reflection and refraction, radio waves and color temperature. Crank, spin and illuminate to make light bend, sound emanate and shadows dance. Spark a passion for science within as you and discover the true wonders of light.

    The American Civil War: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution
    Industry and new technologies had a huge impact on the military during the Civil War. Learn how the railroad, telegraph, photography and other advancements influenced the war. Discover unique items on display including rifles, military equipment, diaries and uniforms worn by local soldiers.

    Inventor Center
    Supporting Sponsors: G.W. Lisk Company, Inc. and Xerox Foundation; Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

    Hours: 10am-4:30pm on weekends and holidays and 2-4:30pm Monday-Friday
    Power cities, build cars, harness wind and fire catapults. Dive into a hands-on exploration of the inventive process. Participate in engineering and design challenges as you tinker with raw materials to create working inventions that can be tested and shared. Challenges change every 3-5 months. Challenge: Lift it, Launch it, Let it Go-Re-invent the perfect projectile launcher. Should it be a catapult, trebuchet, ballista or something completely new?

    Nano Mini-Exhibit (Located in Strasenburgh Planetarium)
    Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Get the family together and become engaged in the world of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nano, introduce real-world applications and explore the implications of this new technology.

    Electricity Theater
    Featuring “singing” Tesla coils, Electricity Theater is a display of brilliant lightning zaps accompanied by popular music. Visitors watch the dark theater become splashed with light via twin solid-state Tesla coils, and allow that spark in them to ignite as they explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it. Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4pm

    Erie Canal Lock
    Crank open lock doors and operate a tugboat.Get hands-on insights into how canal locks work in the real world.

    KEVA Planks
    Come build with us! Construct wooden masterpieces of all shapes and sizes with KEVA Planks, a building exhibit experience. Precision cut, identical construction blocks, KEVA Planks stack with surprising stability. Using only gravity, visitors dabble with physics in order to achieve balance, optimum proportion and strength.

    Under Construction: Building Careers
    Founding Supporters: Builders Exchange of Rochester, Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, UNICON, John W. Danforth Company, LeChase Construction Services, LLC, Manning Squires Hennig Company, Inc. and O’Connell Electric Company

    Drill into an exciting hands-on exploration of construction trades. Built in-house by RMSC staff, the exhibition features the fascinating jobs of electricians, plumbers and other trade specialists. Maneuver a giant crane on the “job site,” install plumbing for a sink and much more. Also, learn from local trade professionals who built the Sustainability Institute Hall, home of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on campus at RIT.


    Support from: Rochester Gas & Electric

    Built in-house by RMSC staff and volunteers, ENERGIZE itis a multi-sensory, highly physical experience where YOU hold the power. Compare types of energy, power a city and learn about which forms are “green.” Cycle, push and pump to create power and discover the outcome-wind blows, water flows and lights shine.


    Dive to the bottom of Lake Ontario in the Deep Submergence Vehicle simulator. Test your strength on the Genesee Gorge climbing wall. Explore Rochester weather. Experiment with wind currents, stream erosion and more.

    Expedition Earth

    Explore your connections to the natural world in this spectacular, interactive natural science exhibition. See how our region’s landscape and life forms have changed over hundreds of millions of years.

    How Things Work

    Discover the science behind everyday devices. Through fun, hands-on investigation, find out how mechanisms such as light switches, thermostats and traffic signals work.


    Discover the principles of moving objects. Experiment with momentum, friction, gravity and acceleration as you send wooden balls looping and racing over ramps.

    Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad – Presented with support from the City of Rochester and the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, a program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

    Explore stories of courageous African Americans who traveled through Rochester on their way from slavery to freedom. Find out about local people who helped them.

    At the Western Door

    The hundreds of objects displayed show the Seneca’s and Haudenosaunee’s creative responses to new technologies and materials introduced following European contact. Clan and family continue to bind communities together and define who the Seneca and Haudenosaunee are.

    The Rochester Business Hall of Fame

    Presented by the RMSC in partnership with Junior Achievement of Rochester and the Rochester Business Journal. Sponsored by Bank of America

    This interactive exhibit celebrates exemplary Rochester leaders who have made outstanding, enduring contributions to business and community in the greater Rochester region.

    Strasenburgh Planetarium

    657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
    Weekends & Evenings: 585.697.1945 | Weekdays: 585.697.1942
    Shows subject to change

    Giant-Screen Films

    Admission: adults $7; seniors and college students with ID $6; ages 3-18 $6; RMSC members $3, children under 3 free. Children under 5 years old are admitted to daytime shows only.

    Giant-screen films on Wednesdays and Saturdays include open captioning on the screenwith support from the Theatre Development Fund TAP Plus program, in cooperation with the New York State Council on the Arts.

    “The Living Sea”
    Length: 45 min. For all ages.
    Explore a world beyond land. Colorful underwater photography, a hopeful message, music by Sting and narration by Meryl Streep.Show times:

    Star Shows

    Admission: adults $7; seniors and college students $6; ages 3-18 $6; RMSC members and children under 3 free.

    “Face of Earth”
    Length: 60 min. For ages 6 years to adult.
    Embark on a tour of our changing planet. See how many landmarks you can recognize from an astronaut’s point of view. Immerse yourself in stunning images from NASA’s Terra and Aqua Earth observation satellites and the International Space Station, accompanied by an eclectic musical soundtrack.Show times:

    “The Sky Tonight”
    Length: 30 min. For ages 5 years to adult.
    This concise tour of the stars, constellations and planets in the current sky uses new, solid-state lasers to guide you through the magnificent starfield produced by the 46-year-old star projector. See this show, then step outside to see the real sky.
    Show times:

    “My Planets”
    Length: 40 min. For children ages 3-5 and the adults with them.
    Especially for young children, this friendly introduction to the Planetarium features worlds in our solar system as they appear in the sky and through a telescope.
    Show times:

    “Saturday Sun, Moon and Stars”
    Length: 40 min. For ages 5 to 8 and the adults with them.
    This relaxed, enjoyable family show presents prominent constellations and takes the audience on a quick trip to the moon. See what Earth looks like from a quarter million miles away, and return home in time for sunrise.
    Show times:

    Saturday Night Laser Shows

    Sponsored by City Newspaper
    Thanks to its pure wavelengths, laser light provides an intense color sensation whether faint or dazzlingly bright. Our solid-state lasers put brighter and more intense color than ever before among the stars inside the Planetarium dome, accompanying great songs on a top-quality sound system.

    April Shows
    70s Laser Saturdays at 8:15pm | Beatles in Laser Light at 9:30pm
    Length: 60 minutes each. Children under age 5 are not admitted to this show.
    Admission for ONE show: adults $7; seniors, college students, students ages 5-18, RMSC members $6.
    Admission for BOTH shows, back-to-back:adults $11; seniors, college students, students ages 5-18, RMSC members $9.

    Astronomy for Adults

    Lifelong Learning Courses at the Strasenburgh Planetarium
    Wednesdays at 2pm. See below for topics and dates. Register at
    Prices: $7 Adults; $6 Seniors 62+ or group members; $5 RMSC Members

    April 6-Mysteries of History: Where Did We Get Our Constellations?
    April 13-Digital Astronomy for Everyone
    April 20-Selecting a Landing Site on Mars with guest lecturer Dr. Nick Warner, SUNY Geneseo

    Cumming Nature Center

    6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512

    Hours: Trails open five days a week: Wednesday through Friday, 9am-3:30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4:30pm (closed Monday and Tuesday).
    Admission: RMSC members free; General public donation requested-$3 per person; $10 per family.

    Guided Hikes

    On Saturdays, explore the trails with Cumming Nature Center guides to learn about the plants and animals you may see along the way.

    Wildflower Hike
    Saturday, April 16: 10am-12pm
    Explore CNC as you look for and identify the many different species of wildflowers.

    Morning Birdsong Hike
    Saturdays, April 23 and 30: 8-10am
    Listen for morning birdsong and spot spring birds along the trail.

    Events and Exhibits

    Maypole Celebration
    Saturday, April 30, 2016: 10am-12pm
    A special family program to learn the traditional Maypole dance and make a May basket for someone you love. Wear a fun springtime outfit and bring a bag lunch for a picnic.

    Weeds: Untamed Wonders exhibit
    Now through April 24
    Location: CNC Hurst Gallery

    A selection of the wild and weedy! Artists from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators have painted some “favorite” weeds of the northeast. Discover what makes a weed a weed, study fun facts about native weeds and learn about invasive plants, which endanger local plant communities.

    About Rochester Museum & Science Center

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.