Please note our hours have changed! The RMSC’s Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  
For Planetarium showtimes please see our show schedule and for Museum hours and to plan your visit, please see our admissions page.

Live Science

Live Science


We have a wide range of live science shows and encounters for visitors to interact with and enjoy. Explore the offerings below!


science alive Live Science Shows

Location: Museum’s 1st Floor Bausch Auditorium or Outside near Pavilion

Live Science Shows occur daily on weekends, during school breaks and in the summer at: 12:30pm 

RMSC Players bring fiery explosions, extreme temperatures, amazing antics and entertaining education to their performances live on stage in the Bausch Auditorium*. Discover the Live Science Shows on pressure, energy, hydrogen, light, color, temperature, physics, and meet Wormie and Mother Nature. *During the spring and summer (depending on the weather,) Live Science shows may occur outdoors. 



Science Alive square science encounter minScience Encounters 

  • Location: Museum 1st Floor (outside entrance to Expedition Earth) at mobile Science Encounter Cart

  • Experience our mind-blowing Science Encounters during weekends and school breaks at the RMSC! Step right up to our cart of science and learn about physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, and everything in between! Science Encounters take place throughout our exhibit galleries on our mobile cart and demonstrate fun and exciting science and make even the most complex topics engaging and accessible to children and adults of all ages! Watch objects disappear before your eyes with Invisibility, or witness the science of sound in Good Vibrations, to name a couple. With over 20+ encounters in our line up, there are plenty of opportunities to reward your curiosity!

 Science Encounters occur throughout the day during summer. Listen to the announcements to hear the daily schedule!


Science Alive square electricity theater minElectricity Theater

Location: Museum’s 3rd Floor

Electricity Theater shows occur daily on weekends, during school breaks and in the summer at: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and  3:30pm 

Featuring two six-foot Tesla coils, this musical electricity show is a must-see! One of only a handful of experiences like it across the United States, our Electricity Theater amazes visitors as arcs of lightning light up the theater to the sounds of their favorite tunes. Our latest addition, the Faraday Cage, let’s you safely get between the coils to see the electricity up close. 



Science Alive Squares SoS minScience On a Sphere

Location: Museum’s 2nd Floor

Satiate your curiosity for space, weather, climate, and nature with Science on a Sphere Shorts every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30pm. These 10-15 minute short films cover a wide range of topics from world population to extreme weather, energy, ocean, and space exploration, and more!

Outside of Shorts showtimes, Science on a Sphere runs on an automated loop.




Science Alive squares featured presenters minFeatured Presenters

Location: Museum Exhibit Galleries; TBD as announced

Meet scientists and researchers from across our community! Enjoy these opportunities to meet and greet, do hands-on experiments, and discover the research being done right here in Rochester. Times and subject matter vary depending on the Featured Presenter. 

Featured Presenters are not available daily; please check the schedule at the Welcome Center when you arrive for your visit.



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