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Science Museum Exhibits


Explore the underwater world of Lake Ontario as you dive to the lake floor in the deep submergence vehicle.

At The Western Door

This exhibit tells the story of more than 400 years of cooperation and conflict between Western New York’s native Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) inhabitants and the Europeans who came here as explorers, traders, and eventually, settlers.

Bridging the Gap: Seneca Art Across Generations

Dec. 7–March 31

Lewis Henry Morgan at 200

Explore the power of material culture to communicate across generations.

Earth Tone

The public art piece in front of the Museum, "Earth Tone," was created in 2012 by Living Lenses, a small group of creatives who make art out of diverse mediums.

Electricity Theater

You’ll be mesmerized by zaps of lightning appearing just feet away in our Electricity Theater.

Energy Trail

Explore exhibits throughout the museum to become an Energy Expert. 

Erie Canal Lock

Try your hand at operating a canal lock and explore Erie Canal connections in RMSC exhibits

Expedition Earth

Meet ice-age giants, enter a twisting tunnel through an icy glacier, and journey through an amazing landscape upstate New York hasn't seen in thousands, or even millions, of years.

Face to Face: Encounters with Identity

Explore the ways in which individuals and groups express their identities to the world around them.

Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad

Explore the paths that courageous freedom seekers followed through Rochester in this dramatic, interactive exhibition...

Forces of Nature

It’s a wild world! Explore the power and unique traits of our natural world.

How Things Work

Discover the science behind everyday devices in this hands-on, minds-on exhibit.

Illumination: The World of Light and Optics

Experiment with lasers, lenses, and mirrors as you explore the nature of light and optics.

Inventor Center

Power cities, build cars, harness wind, and fire catapults in Inventor Center.

KEVA Planks: Take your tower-building experience to the next level

Construct your own wooden masterpiece with KEVA Planks. Blending science with art, KEVA Planks brings out the designer, architect, and engineer in all of us.


Discover a world too small to see! Get the family together and become enthralled with the world of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology in an exciting, interactive exhibit.

Native Peoples of the Americas

Discover the diversity of indigenous American lifestyles as expressed through material culture and the environment.

Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase

The Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase is a new educational, outdoor space in process across from museum visitor entrance. 

Rochester Business Hall of Fame

Discover stories of exemplary Rochester leaders who have made outstanding, enduring contributions to business and community in the Greater Rochester region.

Rochester in 1838: Young Lion of the West

In this iconic diorama, explore how Rochester became America's first western "boomtown" as a result of the Erie Canal.

Science On a Sphere

Engage in the wonders of our planet and beyond as you enjoy a 3-D experience of land, oceans, atmosphere, and more.

Simulator Rides

Take a virtual journey and enjoy new special simulator rides each month.


Through April 21, 2019

Take a journey into the world of sound and music at the RMSC starting this October.

Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism

Traveling Exhibition

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

Construction trades are booming! Come and be inspired about the possibilities

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