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Rochester Museum & Science Center Monthly Calendar: June 2016

    Museum & Science Center

    Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm
    Sunday: 11am–5pm
    Independence Day: Monday, July 4: 11am–5pm
    $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 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

    Rain Barrel Workshop Project – SOLD OUT
    Saturday, June 4: 11am-12pm
    Go green, get wet! Create your own rain barrel and bring it home. Everything supplied but the rain!


    Science Alive

    Monday, June 27–Friday, September 2
    Sponsored by M&T Bank, Corning Incorporated Foundation and Time Warner Cable
    Fiery explosions, foolish physics, take-home activities—it’s non-stop action every day at RMSC. Marvel at experiments performed by our extreme demonstrators and get hands-on with Earth, space and everything in between with activities involving the fascinating principles of science, technology, engineering and math. Engage in amazing experiences with the whole family. Encounter the things, and people, that make science spring to life!

    Mayhem Mondays: 1pm and 3pm
    Start the week off with a bang…literally! See wild explosions including bursts of musical lightning in Electricity Theater.

    Take Away Tuesdays: 1pm and 3pm
    Make it and take it! Explore hands-on science through exciting activities where you make creations and bring them home.

    Worldwide Wednesdays: 1pm and 3pm
    Discover everything from plate tectonics to Pluto with stunning 3-D real-time data during special Science On a Sphere experiences.

    Thinker Thursdays: 1pm and 3pm
    “From flour to flower,” come explore our city through the stories of the engineers, architects and industries that helped Rochester make history.

    Foolish Fridays: 1pm and 3pm
    The sky is falling! No, it’s just a watermelon. See drops, flops and other fun physics in action as we toss items from the Strasenburgh Planetarium tower.

    Electricity Theater
    Musical lightning powered by twin Tesla coils zaps across the dark theater.
    Presentations every day: 12pm, 2pm, 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

    Science On a Sphere® Presentations
    Presentations Saturday & Sundays: 11:30am and 1:30pm, plus Wednesdays 1pm and 3pm
    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.

    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.

              Astro Pinball
              Travel through a virtual pinball machine.
              June: 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).

    Summer Fun Camps

    Monday, June 27–Friday, August 26
    Sign up! Explore the excitement of science and discovery from backyard finds to outer space wonders. Dig into forensics, animal biology and more. Camps run weekly, Monday-Friday, for ages 2-15.


    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.

    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 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. Spark a passion for science within as you discover the true wonders of light.

    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.

    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
    June 1-June 19: Hours: 10am–4:30pm on weekends and holidays and 2–4:30pm Monday–Friday
    Starting June 25: Open every day from 10am-4:30pm
    Supporting Sponsors: G.W. Lisk Company, Inc. and Xerox Foundation; 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.

    • Challenge through June 19: Lift it, Launch it, Let it Go—Re-invent the perfect projectile launcher. Should it be a catapult, trebuchet, ballista or something completely new?
    • New challenge opens June 24 at 2pm: Operation Vehicle—Build a vehicle that can climb over hills to deliver supplies to people trapped in the mountain pass.

    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.

    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.

    Energy Trail (Formerly ENERGIZE 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 and power a city. Cycle, push and pump to create power and discover the outcome—wind blows, water flows and lights shine. 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.

    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. 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.

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

    “To Fly” Opens June 27
    Length: 45 min. For all ages.
    Find thrills in a classic journey through the history of flight, from early balloon flights to 20th-century space missions. Produced in 1976 for the opening of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, where it still inspires crowds today.
    Show times:

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

    “Animals in the Sky” Opens June 4
    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:

    “Face of Earth” Closes June 18
    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 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.

    June Shows
    90s Laser Saturdays at 8:15pm | Led Zeppelin 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.

    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.