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Rochester Museum & Science Center Monthly Calendar: May & June 2019

    Science Museum

    Hours through Thursday, May 30, 2019:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday : 9am–5pm

    Thursday: 9am–8pm

    Sunday: 11am–5pm

    Memorial Day, Monday, May 27: 11am–5pm

    Hours beginning Friday, May 31, 2019:

    Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm

    Sunday: 11am–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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

    Science Museum and Planetarium Combined Admission:

    $21 adults, $19 seniors and college students with ID, $18 ages 3-18

    Reduced admission with EBT card: Those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits may visit the Science Museum at a reduced admission of $1 per person, up to four people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer card. Not valid at the Planetarium or Nature Center. Offered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for All program, funded in part at RMSC with support from GW Lisk and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

    Free admission for active duty military: From Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 18, 2019) to Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2, 2019) RMSC offers free Science Museum admission to active duty military including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve members, with up to five family members. Present a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card to show upon arrival. Not valid at the Planetarium or Nature Center. Offered through Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 U.S. museums.


    Strasenburgh Planetarium

    Hours and Admission:

    See show schedule below

    Science Museum and Planetarium Combined Admission:

    $21 adults, $19 seniors and college students with ID, $18 ages 3-18


    Cumming Nature Center


    Wednesday–Friday: 9am–3:30pm

    Saturday–Sunday: 9am–4:30pm

    Trail sweep begins 30 minutes before closing, weather permitting


    $3 per person, $10 per family; free for RMSC members


    Shop at RMSC

    Open during Science Museum hours


    Café at RMSC

    Open daily 11am–2pm with quick, kid-friendly choices by Creative Caterers


    Science Museum

    657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


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



    Events 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.


    Adult Exhibit Tour | Tuesday, May 21 | 2pm

    Admission: Adults $18; seniors and college students with ID $17; groups $10 per person (six or more); RMSC Members $3

    Adult lifelong learners interested in exploring RMSC exhibitions at a greater depth may embark on an expert-led tour! Advanced registration required and includes full museum access. Space is limited; tours are not geared for children.

    Featured Tour: Rochester & the Underground Railroad

    Explore the paths that courageous freedom seekers followed through Rochester in the dramatic, interactive, Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad exhibition. Walk in the footsteps of Austin Steward, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Reverend Thomas James as they overcome huge obstacles to build free lives. Learn how they joined Rochester activists in the fight to abolish slavery and help others seeking freedom.


    Almost Overnight: Grab Your Goggles | Friday, May 31 | 6–10pm

    Admission: $18 per child; $10 per adult (free for adult RMSC members)

    Almost Overnights allow visitors to experience RMSC after dark, for an evening full of family fun. Almost Overnights end right before bedtime (and before the museum comes to life!) so your family can enjoy the comfort of sleeping in your own beds. Pajamas are welcome!

    Grab Your Goggles

    Grab your goggles and discover the wild side of science! Explore the anatomy of explosions, the trajectory of projectiles, and try your hand at crazy experiments to make things fizz, go pop, bang, and boom. Registration includes Science Museum admission, a pair of RMSC goggles, participation in two workshops, and ongoing activities throughout the night! Workshops start at 6:15pm and are first-come, first-served: Righteous Reactions: Acids and Bases and Fizz, Bang, Pop!


    Rain Barrel Workshops at RMSC | Saturdays, June 1 & 29 | 11am–12pm

    Admission: $40 per family (one rain barrel)

    Create your own rain barrel and take it home—we supply everything but the rain. Water usage increases by approximately 30 percent in the summer months due to watering gardens, filling pools and more. Rain barrels are a great way to challenge that percentage and maintain a cost-effective process. 

    Additional Rain Barrel Workshops in the Community

    I-Square Imaginarium | Saturday, May 18 | 10:30am–12pm

    Genesee Brew House | Tuesday, June 25 | 6:30–7:30pm


    Dine & Discover: Dr. Rahul Gupta What Exactly is the Opioid Crisis? | Friday, June 7 | 11am–1:30pm

    Admission: $60 per person; $60 VIP; $600 VIP table of 10

    Media Sponsor: WXXI

    Presented by the RMSC Council

    Join us for a presentation and panel discussion covering the opioid crisis with Dr. Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, Senior Vice Present and Chief Medical and Health Officer, March of Dimes. As former Commissioner and State Health Officer in West Virginia, Dr. Gupta led the state’s opioid crisis response and launched a number of pioneering public health initiatives. He was recently featured on PBS’ NOVA: Addiction.

    Assoicated event: Join us Tuesday, June 4, from 5–8pm for a screening of the PBS show NOVA: Addiction, which features Dr. Gupta discussing the opoid crisis in America. This event will be free, but attendees must reserve seats ahead of time at


    Adult Exhibit Tour | Tuesday, June 18 | 2pm

    Admission: Adults $18; seniors and college students with ID $17; groups $10 per person (six or more); RMSC Members $3

    Adult lifelong learners interested in exploring RMSC exhibitions at a greater depth may embark on an expert-led tour! Advanced registration required and includes full museum access. Space is limited; tours are not geared for children.

    Featured Tour: Native American Environments and Culture

    Using the intricate dioramas in our second-floor Native Peoples of the Americas gallery, take a closer look at the Algonquin, Apache, Haida, Pueblo, Inuit, Haudenosaunee, and Plains cultures. Compare and contrast the past material culture of these various groups of Native Americans living across North America. How are the religious, social, political, economic, technological, and artistic aspects of these communities affected by geography? Hands-on artifacts and natural materials from RMSC’s Teaching Collection aid in the exploration of geographic and environmental diversity and the roles they played in family and community life across cultures. Continue the discussion on how Native Americans continue to contribute to cultural diversity in America.


    Summer Curiosity Camps Registration | Ages 2–15 | Extended Care Available | Scholarships Available

    Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on science and fun with camps at the RMSC this year! Curiosity Camps offer exciting opportunities for young minds ages 2-15. Get ready to share in new adventures, discover science, and explore exciting experiments! Curiosity campers enjoy unique, rewarding, and fun-filled educational experiences; interactions with scientists and other professionals; and further inquiry into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. Summer Curiosity Camps run weekly Monday, June 24–Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.


    Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth | Saturday, 1:30pm | Sunday, 1pm | Monday–Friday during school breaks, 3pm

    Admission: $3 per person

    Travel the globe to investigate the spectacular soundscapes of Costa Rica’s rainforests, Hawaii’s coral reefs, and Mongolia’s vast grasslands. Learn how animals use sounds to survive and communicate in lush, but threatened environments. Experience basic acoustics through interactive activities and incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal cords, and slobbering “raspberries.” With awe-inspiring screen images, surround sound, and a live presentation, you’ll hear the Earth in a whole new way!


    Science Alive! | Weekends through Sunday, June 16, 2019; Daily beginning Saturday, June 22–Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019

    Sponsored by Corning Incorporated Foundation

    Discover Science Alive experiences on weekends and when kids are off from school. From fiery explosions and objects crashing to Earth from the Planetarium tower, to rare and exotic live animals and singing along with lightening, it’s non-stop action at RMSC. There’s something new to experience every hour, from mastodon toothpaste to invisibility, when RMSC puts science—and fun—live on center stage! Times and activities subject to change.

    Live Animal Shows with Wildlife Rockstars | Wednesday, Friday, Saturday | 11:30am and 1pm
    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. Meet these amazing creatures up close and in person.

    Live Science Shows | Saturday, Sunday, daily during school breaks | 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 | Saturday, Sunday, daily during 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 more than 20 different demos featuring Mastodon Toothpaste, Invisibility, DaVinci Dreams, Forces, Inside Incandesce, Smog & Frog, and Nano Rainbow.

    Electricity Theater | Saturday and Sunday, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm | Tuesday and Thursday, 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 Faraday Cage even let’s you safely get between the coils to see the electricity up close.

    Science On a Sphere | Facilitated Presentations Saturday, Sunday, daily during 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.

    Featured Presenters
    Enjoy these opportunities to meet and greet scientists from the community, conduct hands on experiments, and discover research being done right here in Rochester. Times vary depending on the presenter; please check the schedule at the Welcome Center when you arrive for your visit.



    Featured: Sound Bites | Opens Friday, May 10

    Continue exploring the world of sound and music in this modified version of our popular SoundSense exhibit, which closed in April. We’ve gathered some of the most popular interactives from the original exhibit so that you can continue to explore the nature of sound and how we sense it, and discover how humans use this compression of air molecules we call sound to create the emotional experience we call music. Feel sound move through you in the butt-kicker chair; dance across our oversized keyboards; discover the inner workings of different instruments and how they each make their own range of sounds; create sound waves, and more.



    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

    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.


    Earth Tone

    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.


    Electricity Theater

    Made possible by the generous contributions of numerous donors at the RMSC’s “Big Bang” gala, celebrating the Museum’s 100th birthday in September 2012; JoEll and Patrick Cunningham matched every dollar raised at the centennial gala for the purchase and on-going operation of the Tesla coilsFeaturing “singing” Tesla coils

    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: Rochester Gas & Electric, RMSC volunteers, and community partners

    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.


    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

    Illumination Sponsors: Germanow-Simon Corporation, G-S Plastic Optics, Tel-Tru Manufacturing

    Luminary Sponsors: Optimax, Veluxsys by Precision Optical Transceivers

    Image Sponsors: Apollo Optical, SPIE

    Image Sponsors: Navitar, Sydor Optics, 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.


    Inventor Center

    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: Lift It, Launch It, Let It Go through Monday, June 17

    Build a simple machine to launch objects into the air!  You could make a catapult, trebuchet, sling shot, or more—the choice is up to you!


    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

    Created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation

    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

    Showcase made possible by: New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

    Special thanks to: Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, Genesee Valley Chapter New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA), New Energy Works Timberframers, Rochester Institute of Technology, RMSC Council, Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County, TruePath Technologies, Water Education Collaborative

    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

    Supported 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.

    The conservation of the Rochester street scene daguerreotype was made possible by the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    In this recently restored, iconic diorama, explore how Rochester became America’s first western “boomtown” as a result of the Erie Canal. Through the addition of authentic objects, guests observe direct evidence of the Erie Canal’s economic, social, and ideological impacts on the Rochester region. A rare Rochester street scene daguerreotype presents an actual snapshot of the corner of Exchange and Buffalo streets, approximately 13 years after the moment depicted in the diorama, demonstrating the City’s tremendous growth in the decades after the Erie Canal enabled efficient transportation between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Original tools, clothing, and books of the period show the constant flow of goods, people, and ideas that positioned Rochester as an early center for social reform as well as a major supplier of products to New York City and the western frontier—aspects of our history that continue to shape the present and future.


    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. 


    Simulator Rides
    Enjoy special limited-time only simulator rides throughout the year. Most special rides are $1 per person (members included).

    Volcano Mine Ride | Daily in May

    Travel through an incredible ore mine, past tunnels of hot gases and molten rock.

    Kid Coaster | Daily in June

    Ride this exciting rollercoaster through a child’s toy-filled playroom.

    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.


    Strasenburgh Planetarium

    657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

    Weekends & Evenings: 585.697.1945 | Weekdays: 585.697.1942

    Times subject to change. Call 585.697.1942 to confirm.



    Admission: adults $10; seniors and college students $9; ages 3–18 $9; RMSC members and children under 3 receive a $4 discount.

    Show times:

    A Day on Pluto

    All ages

    Venture to Pluto and see how days, months, years, and eclipses in the Pluto system are very different from those on Earth.

    Recommended for older children and adults

    Outer Space to Inner Space

    All ages

    Journey from Earth, through our solar system and galactic neighborhood, and back down to the micro world of molecules in this brand new feature presentation.

    Sensory Friendly Outer Space to Inner Space | Saturday, June 1

    All ages

    A special performance at a quiet time of day for families who prefer to enjoy the Planetarium as a lights-up, music-down, doors-open environment.

    Planet Spectacular

    Recommended for ages 5–8 and the adults with them

    Visit all the planets in our solar system (and Pluto) and the most interesting and beautiful moons, all in one colorful show.



    Admission: adults $10; seniors and college students $9; ages 3–18 $9; RMSC members and children under 3 free.

    Show times:

    I See the Sky

    Recommended for ages 5 and under and the adults with them

    A beloved star show returns, brighter and more colorful than ever!

    Stars with Carl | Saturday, June 1

    Recommended for ages 5 and older

    A monthly show devoted to the 1968 Carl Zeiss Mark VI star projector, with a live presenter conducting a tour of the original Planetarium sky.

    The Sky Tonight

    All ages

    Enjoy a concise tour of the stars, constellations, and planets in the current sky. See this show, then step outside to see the real sky.


    Light Up the Night Laser Extravaganza | Wednesday, May 8 | 6–9:15pm | ID required

    Admission: $10 per show; $18 for both shows

    Zap on over to the RMSC for an exciting 21+ night at the Strasenburgh Planetarium! Enjoy a cash bar, complementary popcorn, and two favorite laser shows.

    Cash bar: 6–9pm

    The Beatles in Laser Light: 7pm

    Pink Floyd Laser: 8:15pm


    Admission for ONE show: adults $10; seniors, college students, students ages 5–18 $9; RMSC members receive a $4 discount

    Admission for BOTH shows, back-to-back on the same night: adults $18; seniors, college students, students ages 5–18 $17; RMSC members receive a $4 discount

    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.

    Children under age 5 are not admitted to this show.

    The Beatles in Laser Light | Saturdays in May | 8:15pm

    90s Laser | Saturdays in May | 9:15pm



    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.



    Events subject to change. Call 585.374.6160 to confirm.


    Weekend Wild Walks | Saturdays, May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 19; 11a.m. | Sundays, May 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23; 1pm

    Admission: $7 per person (includes general Nature Center admission)

    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. Themes include wildflowers, frogs, snails, edibles, pond exploration, ticks, fairy houses, beavers, and more.


    Yoga in the Pines | Sundays May 19 & June 23 | 2:30–4pm

    Lynne Boucher of Yoga Revolution guides you through a gentle open-level vinyasa flow in the great outdoors. No yoga

    experience necessary. Bring your own mat or use one of ours. Registration required: visit for details.


    Frost Town Trail Run & Brew Fest | Saturday, June 1 | 25K Trail Run, 9am; 10K Trail Run, 10am | Brew Fest 12–3pm (ID required)

    Trail Run registration: Register by 5pm Thursday, May 30;

    Brew Fest admission: $12 (includes tasting glass); regular admission for visitors under age 21

    We invite trail runners along with their friends and family to participate in our annual 25k or 10k Frost Town Trail Run, presented by Ironwood Adventure Works. Following the trail run, we’ll host a beer festival at the race finish point. Runners will receive a signature pint glass as their finishers’ award as well as entry to the Brew Fest.


    Summer Curiosity Camps Registration | Ages 4–13 | Extended Care Available | Scholarships Available

    Discover natural science as a fun and creative way to explore the wonders of our world with Summer Curiosity Camps at the Cumming Nature Center. If you’re familiar with the Forest School curriculum, these camps are an extension of that program. Each camp, led by an experienced Forest School educator, offers a variety of themes for different ages. With 900+ acres and 15 miles of trail, campers learn basic wilderness skills, nature science, outdoor team-building activities, nature awareness, and more. Camps days in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Cumming Nature Center offer an ideal setting for each discovery-based camp, creating summer memories that won’t be forgotten. Summer Curiosity Camps at the Cumming Nature Center run weekly Monday, July 1–Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.



    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.


    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.


    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 and present, 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.