Museum & Science Center
Good Friday, Friday, March 30: 9am–5pm
$15 adults, $14 seniors and college students with ID, $13 ages 3–18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members
Half-price admission after 3pm Monday–Friday
Hours and Admission:
See show schedule below
Museum and Planetarium Combined Admission:
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students with ID, $15 ages 3-18
Cumming Nature Center
Trail sweep begins 30 minutes before closing, weather permitting
$3 per person, $10 per family; free for RMSC members
3rd ROC Café
Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
Unless otherwise noted, programs are located at RMSC and are free with museum admission
PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Show times 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
RMSC Women’s Council Beautiful Blooms Sale | Order seeds by Wed., April 25 and plants by Monday, April 30
Order seeds and beautiful, locally grown flowers to support the RMSC. Order online at https://squareup.com/store/rmsc-womens-council/.
Mess-tival | Spring Break Week: Friday, March 30–Sunday, April 8 (excluding Easter, Sun., April 1) | 11am–3pm
A festival of mess! Discover the wonders of science through messy hands-on activities. Get more than just your hands dirty while you experiment with different gooey and yucky substances. Come back throughout the week to make new art and science creations each day.
Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge Lecture | Knowledgeable, Empowered and Proactive: Understanding Your Cancer Risk in the Era of Genomics | Thursday, April 19 | 7:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm
Genomics is rapidly changing the way we understand and treat cancer. It is also shedding new light on our risks for developing cancer. Learn about the role of genomics in precision medicine for cancer, how genetics is a factor in a person’s risk for cancer, and what implications to consider if you are interested in genetic testing. Our speakers will be Richard Burack, MD, PhD, director of hematopathology, UR Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Michelle Shayne, MD, medical oncologist, UR Medicine Wilmot Cancer Institute; and Carol Lustig, RN MSN ANP-BC, nurse practitioner, UR Medicine Wilmot Cancer Institute.
Exploring Science: Earth & Space | Saturday, April 21–Sunday, April 22 | 11am–3pm
Join us for an Earth Day celebration! Explore fun, hands-on activities, meet local scientists, and connect with current NASA research.
Presenting Sponsor: M&T Bank
Sponsored by Corning Incorporated Foundation
Science—and fun—are live on center stage! Discover Science Alive! experiences on weekends and when kids are off from school. See science come to life as you explore our museum exhibits and galleries, encounter science up close, experiment hands-on as you meet scientists from our community, enjoy live animal presentations, and more.
Animal Shows with Wildlife Rockstars | Saturdays | 11:30am and 1:30pm
The Wildlife Rockstars are a wildlife education outreach group that is part of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc. As part of their rehabilitation, members share details about live native and exotic animals, birds and reptiles.
Live Science Shows | Saturdays, Sundays, School Breaks | 1 and 3pm
The RMSC Players bring fiery explosions, extreme temperatures, amazing antics and entertaining education to live stage performances in the Bausch Auditorium. Enjoy Live Science Shows on pressure, energy, hydrogen, light, color, temperature, and physics, plus meet Wormie and Mother Nature.
Science Encounters | Saturdays, Sundays, School Breaks | 10:15am*, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm (*On Sunday, the 10:15am encounter is during Members-only hours)
Science encounters in our exhibit galleries are your chance to check out everything from permeability to what makes something invisible. Discover over 20 different demos featuring Mastodon Toothpaste, Invisibility, DaVinci Dreams, Forces, Inside Incandesce, Smog & Frog, and Nano Rainbow.
Electricity Theater | Saturdays, Sundays, School Breaks | 12pm, 2pm and 4pm | Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4pm
Featuring two six-foot Tesla coils, this musical electricity show amazes as arcs of lightning light up the theater. Sing along to your favorite tune as pressure waves radiating from the coils are manipulated to create a tune. Tunes change daily. Our latest addition, the Faraday Cage, let’s you safely get between the coils to see the electricity up close.
Science On a Sphere | Facilitated Presentations: Saturdays, Sundays, School Breaks | 12:30 and 2:30pm
A 3-D projection system displays real-time Earth System and planetary science data onto our ‘floating’ five-foot sphere, which comes to life as animated weather patterns, atmospheric storms, and climate and seismic activity move across the globe. In between presentations, the sphere runs on an automated audio-loop. Check it out on the Museum’s 2nd Floor.
Exciting upcoming programs with featured scientists and science enthusiasts from across the community! Check RMSC.org for details.
Featured Exhibit | Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code | Closes Sunday, April 29
Made possible in part by financial support secured by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Presenting Sponsor: UR Medicine Wilmot Cancer Institute
What makes us…us? Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code begins to unravel the mysteries behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth to grow and function: the genome. See yourself in a new way: as an individual, as a member of a family, and as part of the diversity of life on earth. Plus visit with our new geckos (which you can also keep tabs on through the gecko-cam at RMSC.org) and learn how genetics are used by breeders to create designer pets. Get hands-on with the experiment of the day or choose an activity from our experiment library. Discover how the collections at RMSC have helped scientists gain new insights and learn why zoological collections are important to scientific research.
Adult lifelong learners interested in exploring the exhibition in greater depth may attend an expert-led tour, held each Wednesday at 3:30pm (reduced-price admission applies after 3pm). Pre-registration is required at 585.697.1942.
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.
At the Western Door
The hundreds of authentic objects 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.
Created in 2012 by Living Lenses, a small group of creatives who make art out of diverse mediums
The public art piece in front of the Museum, Earth Tone represents our Earth in a spiraling orbit around the sun and the galaxy. Visitors can ring the bell on top of the sphere, which simulates the Earth’s fundamental vibration as it oscillates through space, then head indoors for a different perspective from the second-floor kaleidoscope.
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 their inner spark to ignite as they explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it.
Support from: AVANGRID Foundation/RG&E
Built in-house by RMSC staff and volunteers, Energy Trail is a multi-sensory, highly physical experience where YOU hold the power. Compare types of energy. Cycle, push and pump to create power and discover the outcome. Complete the trail, which covers all three floors of the RMSC, and win a prize! Don’t forget to collect it at the front desk.
Erie Canal Lock
Crank open lock doors and operate a tugboat. Get hands-on insights into how canal locks work in the real world.
Explore your connections to the natural world in this spectacular, interactive natural science exhibition. Discover how our region’s landscape and life forms have changed over hundreds of millions of years. See a full-size mounted mastodon skeleton, uncover bones in the dig site, enter a glacial ice cave and much more. Look for a new full-sized muskox and caribou with special thanks to Alan and Sandy Stone for their generous support.
Face to Face: Encounters with Identity
Explore the ways in which individuals and groups express their identities to the world around them. Face to Face brings together more than 350 objects from the RMSC’s anthropology collection. You’ll encounter some of the ways that identity is expressed in societies ranging from the Haudenosaunee in the northeastern United States to the courts of Imperial China.
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.
Forces of Nature
It’s a wild world! Explore the power and unique traits of our natural world and get hands-on with concepts related to earth, air, fire and water.
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.
Illumination: The World of Light and Optics
Sponsored by G-S Plastic Optics and Tel-Tru Manufacturing,
Luminary Sponsor: Optimax
Image Sponsors: Apollo Optical, Harris Corporation, RPC Photonic, SPIE
Image Sponsors: Glass Fab Inc., JML Optical, Navitar, Sydor Optics, TOPTICA Photonics Inc., Vincent Associates
Experiment with lasers, lenses and mirrors as you explore the nature of light and optics. Immerse yourself in more than fifteen hands-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. Discover the best parts of working in optics and photonics at the new media installation featuring Andy Germanow from G-S Plastic Optics. Spark a passion for science within as you discover the true wonders of light.
Supporting Sponsor: G.W. Lisk Company, Inc. Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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.
Current challenge: Catapults
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.
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.
Native Peoples of the Americas
Discover the diversity of indigenous American lifestyles as expressed through material culture and the environment. Realistic dioramas and hundreds of artifacts showcase traditional life in regions as varied as the Eastern Woodlands, the Pacific Northwest, the Arctic, the American Southwest, and Central and South America.
Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase
Created with the help of Capstone students from RIT’s Environmental Science program
The Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase is an educational, outdoor space in process across from museum visitor entrance, where visitors can enjoy several green exhibits including rain gardens, interactive displays, and more.
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. Look for our new inductees!
Rochester in 1838: Young Lion of the West
Restoration project made possible by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts; the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor; and the Historic Preservation, Restoration and Literature Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation; as well as a donation from Arthur W. Schuster, Jr.
In this recently restored, iconic diorama, explore how Rochester became America’s first western “boomtown” as a result of the Erie Canal.
Science On a Sphere
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.
Enjoy special limited-time only simulator rides throughout the year. Most* special rides are $1 per person (members included).
HD Rome Racer | Daily
Hurricane Simulator | Daily
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).
Lake Ontario Dive
FREE – Dive to the bottom of Lake Ontario in the Deep Submergence Vehicle simulator.
Take it Down! Organizing Against Racism
Presented in partnership with the City of Rochester
View the “pickaninny” panel removed from Rochester’s Dentzel Carousel and explore the important lessons it provides on racism in our community.
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.
657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
Weekends & Evenings: 585.697.1945 | Weekdays: 585.697.1942
Shows subject to change
ASTRONOMY FOR ADULTS
Admission: adults $7; seniors 62+ or groups $6; RMSC members $5
Adult lifelong learners seeking an intellectually stimulating and provocative program blending science, the arts and history are invited to this series of weekday afternoon programs at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium. Not geared for children, each session lasts about an hour, divided between a rich audio-visual presentation and a tour of current stars, planets and constellations using the Planetarium’s giant star projector. Attend several sessions and you’ll be on your way to becoming an expert on the sky! Regular presenters are Steve Fentress, director, RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Paul Krupinski, Strasenburgh Planetarium show presenter and proprietor of the Buffalo-based Mobile Dome Planetarium.
The Rise and Fall of the Extraterrestrial Stock Market | Wednesday, April 11 | 2pm
Holst in the Dome | Wednesday, April 18 | 2pm
Mars Comes Near Us: Will the 2003 Craze Return? | Wednesday, April 25 | 2pm
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
Show times: RMSC.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium
Giant-screen films on Wednesdays and Saturdays include open captioning on the screen with support from the Theatre Development Fund TAP Plus program, in cooperation with the New York State Council on the Arts.
This colorful film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, go under the water’s surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin. Follow Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski and other marine biologists as they research the communication of wild dolphins. Directed by master ocean filmmaker Greg MacGillivray. narrated by Pierce Brosnan, music by Sting.
Find thrill in a classic journey through the history of flight, from early balloon flights to 20th-century space missions. This film was produced in 1976 for the opening of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where it still inspires crowds daily. Later, the Library of Congress added it to the National Film Registry for its enduring importance in American culture.
Admission: adults $7; seniors and college students $6; ages 3–18 $6; RMSC members and children under 3 free.
Show times: RMSC.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium
Animals in the Sky
For ages 3–6 and the adults with them
Find animal shapes in the clouds and constellations in a story on the indoor sky. Dogs, a swan, an eagle, a lion and a whale! On an imaginary trip to the moon, we find no animals— they are all living on Earth.
Face of Earth 2018
For older children and adults
Immerse yourself in beautiful photos of Earth taken from the International Space Station and NASA satellites, all choreographed to a musical soundtrack with no spoken words.
For ages 5–8 and the adults with them
See the best photos from NASA space probes and the world’s observatories. Then let “Carl” the star projector make a realistic indoor sky for a tour of planets and constellations you can see this month.
The Sky Tonight
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.
SATURDAY NIGHT LASER SHOWS
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.
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
U2 Laser | Saturdays | 8:15pm
The Beatles in Laser Light | Saturdays | 9:30pm
SATURDAY NIGHT TELESCOPE VIEWING
View the heavens! The RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium offers free telescope viewing every Saturday night from dark until 10pm, weather permitting. Climb 60 steps at the back of the planetarium to view the sky through telescopes operated by knowledgeable volunteers from the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science, the leading local astronomy club. Before coming, please call the Planetarium box office after 7:30 p.m. to confirm that the telescope is open: 585.697.1945.
Cumming Nature Center
6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512
Unless otherwise noted, hikes/programs are free with admission
PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Weekend Wild Walks | Saturdays and Sundays | April 1, 7–8, 14–15, 21
Join naturalist Shariee Edersheim and uncover the hidden gems and oft-overlooked magic of the forest and fields. These free guided tours last 90 minutes on easy to moderate terrain.
Skiing and Snowshoeing
Enjoy 15 miles of groomed ski trails and a three-mile loop for snowshoeing. For your convenience, we offer rental ski equipment and snowshoes at the Visitor Center.
Elusives: The Natural World We Seldom See | Closes Sunday, May 13
Closes Sunday, May 13
An exhibit by the members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Finger Lakes Chapter
The world around us is teeming with animals and plants and other organisms, but how much of their lives do we really see? This exhibit will introduce you to seldom seen creatures and the hidden behaviors of species in our area.
Camouflage and Habitat
Who shares your habitat? Explore the plants and animals in our area in this new, permanent, interactive display and highly detailed mural by regional artist, Mary Mullard.
Canada Geese: A Closer Look
Take a closer look at Canada geese and goslings in the photography of Rachel Krebs.
Leap Frog Pond | Outdoor Exhibit
Enjoy this permanent play space designed especially for preschoolers. Over-sized frogs, turtles, tadpoles, lily pads, and mushrooms fill a make-believe pond.
Spring Semester | Thursdays Jan. 4–May 24 | Fridays Jan. 5–May 25
Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature, and provides children with the space to nurture this relationship through unstructured play, curiosity-driven exploratory learning, hands-on projects, and outdoor skills development, all within a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment. Through Forest School, students learn to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive.
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 www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.