The RMSC Museum and Strasenburgh Planetarium are Open for Regular Hours. Plan Your Visit.

Reminder: ALL visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when indoors visiting the RMSC.

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

RMSC has you covered with Virtual Field Trips!

We’re here to help support your teaching goals. That’s why we’ve introduced virtual field trips and made planning them as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Reserve the field trip of your choice at 585.697.1942
  2. Receive a Zoom session invite via email *We are also happy to work with your preferred video conferencing platform.
  3. We deliver an interactive experience that fits your curriculum

Ignite curious minds—book your experience today! Call: 585.697.1942

Choose from the following Virtual Programs:

Virtual Science Museum Experiences

Rochester Changemakers

Discover the stories of regional women from the past and present who changed the world. Students will be inspired to create a just and inclusive society through access to the stories of diverse Changemakers who are just like them on this interactive tour.


Stormy Science

Investigate the connections between weather and water processes on Earth. Become a water molecule and travel through the water cycle and make a water cycle bracelet. Learn about how air currents travel and create conditions to generate severe weather. Experiment with static electricity and learn how lightning is created.


The Haudenosaunee

Discover the rich culture- past and present- of the Haudenosaunee (hoe-dee-no-SHOW-nee) people. Follow their story and discover the culture’s relationship with nature, the importance of clan structure, oral histories, The Great Law of Peace, and more as you compare and contrast the culture before and after contact with Europeans. Discuss how the Haudenosaunee maintain their cultural identity across our community today.

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Virtual Cumming Nature Center Experiences

Naturalist in the Zoom

What are your students curious about in the natural world? What seasonal events, animal activities, bug perplexities, strange phenomena, or wild finds might stump the Naturalist? Contact Cumming Nature Center at 585-374-6160 to ask us how we can help YOU build a sense of wonder, a drive for discovery, and an understanding of scientific investigation. Encourage your students to go out into the great outdoors!

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Field Journaling

Discover the natural history of field journaling, what value a field journal can have for individuals and citizen science. Learn different methods of recording--from lists to study sketches. Students will practice observation skills, share curiosity, and get creative.


Virtual Strasenburgh Planetarium Experiences

What Tells Us That There Was a Big Bang?

Examine the three pillars of evidence that our universe is emerging from a Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago: redshifts of galaxies, the cosmic microwave background, and the ratio of helium to hydrogen in the universe.

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Day and Night on Our Planet

See how shadows change as the Sun goes across the sky. Compare the hours of daylight in summer and winter. Discover key star groups to look for in the real sky during the current season.

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Gravity, Scale, and Motion

We demonstrate how to visualize sky motions and planetary orbits using free software and websites. See how gravity influences the structure and motions of solar systems and galaxies.

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How to predict eclipses

We review the sun and moon motions needed to produce a solar eclipse. Then, we discover how to predict when those conditions will recur. This prepares us for eclipses coming soon, including the total solar eclipse in 2024.

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Other Opportunities for Remote Learning Experiences

Limited Time Exhibition! The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World

Opens November 20, 2020! Celebrate historical and contemporary women visionaries, trailblazers, inventors, social innovators, and entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds from the Rochester Region and sovereign Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Immersive, collections-rich spaces and hands-on experiences are designed to reflect the experiences of diverse women, reveal new insights from the past, encourage gender equity in the present, and inspire innovators of the future to continue to work toward change.

Coming Soon! Enhance your visit with a Virtual Companion Program


RMSC Delivers: Live Science Experiences to Your Site!

If you can't come to us, we bring exciting and enriching STEM experiences to your classroom! Of course, we still offer all of our programs on-site at the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center.

Check for more information on all of our school programs!

Explore Our Resources for Educators

  • Teacher E-news: Sign up for our Teacher E-news for updates on school programs, teacher resources, and professional development opportunities at
  • Free Visits: Teachers may visit RMSC free at any time to preview exhibits for planning purposes, and to explore the learning opportunities available. Free admission applies to each teacher with an ID badge. Additional charges may apply for special exhibits and programs. 
  • Online Resource Library: Extend the learning by downloading supporting curriculum materials to use before, during, or after your RMSC experience for both self-guided and guided programs. 
  • Other Resources 
    • Referrals to content specialists 
    • Primary documents, photographs, and object images are online at

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