Live Science

Live Science

Science—and fun—are live on center stage! Discover Science Alive experiences on weekends and when kids are off from school. See science come to life as you explore our museum exhibits and galleries; encounter science up close, experiment hands-on as you meet scientists from our community; enjoy live animal presentations and sing-along with the lightening to your favorite tune in Electricity Theater.

Enjoy the following experiences on weekends and school breaks. All activities are subject to change.


Wildlife Rockstars with lemurAnimal Shows with Wildlife Rockstars

Wednesdays & Fridays: 11:30am and 1:30pm
Saturdays: 11:30am and 1pm

Wildlife Rockstars are bringing animal experiences to the RMSC! 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. 



science alive Live Science Shows

Weekends and school breaks at 3 pm

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. 




Science Alive square science encounter minScience Encounters 

  • Weekends and school breaks at 10:15 am*, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm (*On Sunday, the 10:15am encounter is during members-only hours)

  • From physics to Nano, step right up to our cart of science! Science encounters, with RMSC staff and volunteers, take place in our exhibit galleries on weekends and break weeks from 10:15-3:15. They’re your chance to check out everything from permeability to what makes something invisible. Come see chemical reactions and engineering marvels with over 20 different demos. Mastodon Toothpaste, Invisibility, DaVinci Dreams, Forces, Inside Incandesce, Smog & Frog, and Nano Rainbow  just to name a few. We can’t wait to see you for your chance to explore science with your RMSC friends!


Science Alive square electricity theater minElectricity Theater

Weekends at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Tuesdays at 4pm; Thursdays at 4pm and 6pm

Featuring two six-foot Tesla coils, this musical electricity show amazes visitors 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 - in other words, we change the musical tone of the “thunder” that the lightning produces. The coils can play pre-loaded music and those talented musicians among us can even play a keyboard live, with the coils serving as speakers. Tunes change daily. Our latest addition, the Faraday Cage, let’s you safely get between the coils to see the electricity up close.



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Facilitated Presentations: Weekends and School Breaks at 12:30 and 2:30pm

Engage in an immersive experience with our new Science On a Sphere! A 3-D projection system displays real-time Earth System and planetary science data onto our ‘floating’ five-foot sphere. The sphere comes to life as animated weather patterns, atmospheric storms, climate change and seismic activity move across the globe. View Earth as it would be seen from space or examine the surface of Mars as facilitators lead you through patterns of data on various topics. In between presentations, the sphere runs on an automated audio-loop. Check it out on the Museum’s 2nd Floor.



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Enjoy these opportunities to meet and greet, do hands on experiments and discover the 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.





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Corning Incorporated Foundation


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