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Rochester Museum & Science Center Monthly Calendar: July 2017

    Museum & Science Center


    Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm

    Sunday: 11am–5pm

    Independence Day: Tuesday, July 4: 11am–5pm

    Members-Only Hours:

    Sundays: 10–11am

    Tuesday, July 11: 5–7pm


    $14 adults, $13 seniors and college students with ID, $12 ages 3–18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members.


    Strasenburgh Planetarium

    Hours and Admission: See show schedule

    Museum and Planetarium Combined Admission:

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


    Cumming Nature Center


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


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


    3rd ROC Café


    Monday–Saturday: 10am–3pm

    Sunday: 11am–3pm

    Museum Special Events

    657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

    Unless otherwise noted, programs are located at RMSC and are free with museum admission


    Ladies in the Lab

    Saturday, July 8: 6–9pm

    Celebrate influential women with us at RMSC! Hear from live presenters and take part in hands-on activities in the fields of biology, chemistry, astronomy, engineering, physics, computer science, math, geology and more. Try your hand at mounting microscope slides, check out the bath fizz lab and make your own to take home. Discover how women have impacted the sciences in the past, present and future, and learn more about organizations in our community. Food trucks and cash bars will be available to fuel your exploration of all three floors of the museum including Science On a Sphere and Electricity Theater shows. Visit for tickets.

    Must be 21+ to attend 


    SustainABLE and Building with Biology Days

    Tuesday, July 11–Thursday, July 13: 11am–3pm

    Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, learn about both biologically engineered product innovations and responsible sustainable solutions to some of the major global challenges we face today. Be sure to check out the green features on our outdoor campus. Included in Museum admission.


    RMSC Women’s Council Garden Tour

    Saturday, July 15: 10am–4pm

    Experience six beautiful residential gardens in the Rochester area. Proceeds benefit the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Visit for tickets and details.


    Curiosity Camps

    Monday-Friday, June 26-August 25

    Camps at the RMSC offer exciting opportunities for young minds ages 2-15. Share in new adventures, discover science and explore exciting experiments. Register today at or call 585.697.1942.


    Science Alive: Summer Schedule

    Through Friday, September 1

    Sponsored by M&T Bank and Corning Incorporated Foundation

    Fiery explosions, things falling from the Planetarium tower, live animals—it’s non-stop action all day and every day at RMSC this summer! Watch experiments performed by our extreme demonstrators and get hands-on with earth, space and everything in between. There’s something new to experience every 15 minutes so you’re sure to have an exciting encounter as science springs to life right before your eyes.

    Electricity Theater
    Musical lightning powered by twin Tesla coils zaps across the dark theater.

    Daily: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

    Wildlife Rockstars Shows

    Wednesdays at 12:30pm and 2:30pm

    Meet live native and exotic animals, birds and reptiles. Look for different animals each week. The Wildlife Rockstars animal education team is part of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the traumatic effects of brain injury and to supporting the individuals and families affected by it.

    Science Encounters
    Try your hand at fun science experiments with RMSC staff and volunteers in exhibit galleries.
    Daily: 10:15am*, 11:15am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm and 3:30pm
    (*On Sundays, the 10:15am encounter is during members-only hours)

    Live Science Shows
    Discover fiery explosions and extreme temperatures through live performances on the Bausch Auditorium stage.
    Daily: 1pm and 3pm 

    Science On a Sphere® Presentations
    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. 
    Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30am and 1:30pm

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

    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.

    Jewel of the Amazon
    Meet the Mythical White Ukari monkeys in the lost city in an untouched rainforest of the Amazon and experience the exotic wildlife everywhere.
    Daily in July



    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.

    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 their inner spark to ignite as they explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it.

    Energy Trail
    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.

    Expedition Earth
    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.

    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
    On the Museum’s Mezzanine, explore the power of the natural world as you experiment with magnetism and fluid dynamics, coast on a hovercraft, build geographical features in an augmented reality sandbox and more.

    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
    Spark a passion for science within as you discover the true wonders of light. Experiment with lasers, lenses and mirrors. Immerse yourself in more than fifteen hands-on exhibits that demonstrate exciting scientific concepts including reflection and refraction, radio waves and color temperature. Discover the best parts of working in optics and photonics at a media installation featuring Andy Germanow from G-S Plastic Optics. 

    Inventor Center
    Daily 10am–4:30pm (Summer Hours)

    Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

    Current Challenge: Make it Fly, Make it Shine

    June 23–Sept. 17

    Imagine you are a storm chaser! Using LED lights and aerodynamics build a device that can fly in a storm and shimmer through the darkness. We need your help to build an invention that would be able hover, in a stable way, and return data about the storm, to scientists on the ground.


    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.

    Nano Mini-Exhibit
    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.

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

    Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase
    In this indoor and outdoor exhibit experience, visitors explore green infrastructure and sustainability and learn about the ongoing impacts of stormwater management in the Rochester area. The outdoor exhibit’s porous pavement, rain gardens and a green roof reduce stormwater pollution, while indoors, interactive components demonstrate how it works and invite visitors to get creative in the Rain Garden Puppet Theater.

    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. 

    Rochester in 1838 diorama live restoration
    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am-5pm, and Saturdays 9am-2:30pm

    Location: Third Floor

    Made possible by: New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the Historic Preservation, Restoration and Literature Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation

    Get a peek behind the scenes at a unique “living exhibit” featuring the real-time restoration and enhancement of the RMSC’s beloved Rochester in 1838 diorama. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal groundbreaking, experts work to restore and stabilize the 70-year-old diorama in an enclosure that makes the process visible to the public. The Erie Canal is a major feature in the display. The RMSC will renovate the enclosure and create new interpretive features.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 screen with support from the Theatre Development Fund TAP Plus program, in cooperation with the New York State Council on the Arts. 

    Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

    Length: 50 min. For ages 6 through adult.

    Huge, thundering beasts darken the sky as they tower over you in the Star Theater dome. Journey through the dinosaurs’ world with spectacular computer graphics. Discover remains of the titanesque Argentinosaurus and its nemesis, the Giganotosaurus – a meat-eater that could easily challenge T. rex.

    Show times:


    Star Shows

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

    Eclipses 2017 and 2024
    Length: 60 min. For older children and adults.
    In Rochester’s sky on August 21, 2017, 70 percent of the Sun will be covered. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse. Discover what makes eclipses happen, what to watch for, and where to go.
    Show times:

    Planet Spectacular
    Length: 40 min. For ages 5-8.
    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.
    Show times:

    Animals in the Sky
    Length: 40 min. For ages 3 to 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.
    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 star projector. See this show, then step outside to see the real sky.
    Show times:


    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.

    July Shows

    Beatles in Laser Light, Saturdays at 8:15pm | Radiohead Laser, Saturdays 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.

    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. Unless otherwise noted, hikes/programs are free with admission


    Weekend Wild Walks

    Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 1pm through August 27 (Excludes July 15-16)

    Uncover the wonders of the outdoors guided by senior naturalist, Shariee Edersheim.



    Saturday, July 15: 8am­–Midnight

    A BioBlitz is an ecological race to catalog as many living things as possible! Connect with the scientific process, regional experts and contribute to the understanding of the Cumming Nature Center landscape.


    Heritage Maker Workshops

    Saturday, July 8: 8–10am, 10am–12pm and 12:30­–2:30pm – Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

    Saturday, July 8: 2:30–4:30pm – Intermediate Blacksmithing

    Saturday, July 22: 8–10am and 10am–12pm – Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

    Saturday, July 22: 12:30–2:30pm and 2:30–4:30pm – Intermediate Blacksmithing

    Build community and beautiful things. Explore new skills from blacksmithing to nature journaling in this new series of workshops at the Cumming Nature Center. Visit for costs and other details.



    Jeffrey Collection

    Over four generations, Jeffrey Family artists living in both Scotland and the United States worked to master the illustration of the natural world. Look for flowers you can find at the Cumming Nature Center as you admire Jeffrey Collection drawings and paintings of plants, animals, and landscapes in this stunning exhibit.

    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