Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland

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#3 of 11 in Childrens Museums in Ohio
Explore the depths of space and what life is like for astronauts in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center at Great Lakes Science Center. The NASA center is one of only 11 and includes exhibits on the past, present, and future of space exploration. The science center opened in 1996 and features hundreds of hands-on displays teaching about topics like light, optics, sound, magnetism, weather, and more. Catch a science demonstration performed by one of the center's staff, enjoy a larger-than-life lesson in the Omnimax theater, or climb aboard a 1925 restored Great Lakes freighter. See the wind turbine and solar panel arrays that provide power for the museum. Arrange your visit to Great Lakes Science Center and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cleveland using our Cleveland online trip itinerary builder .
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  • We have been to many science centers with our membership program, but this one stands out with its many age appropriate activities and exhibits for my children.  more »
  • Went with my adult kids who still like to be young kids. It would be a great place if you have smaller kids.  more »
  • We went on a Thursday and the ship was closed (which is what we wanted to see). We thought there would be exhibits for adults. Other than the space capsule at the entrance, 100% of the interactive exh...  more »
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  • What a wonderful visit for all ages. I found myself wanting to look at every detail. Nice displays and interactive exhibits for children. A little pricey, but worth a visit. I was unable to get there sooner, but since it was my last day of my visit from Las Vegas, I wanted to take my family. We had 40 minutes to view everything, which isn't enough time, but be warned, their policy is to not discount the price. Really? What can I do in 40 minutes except walk quickly! They should reconsider their policy.
  • This place was a blast for me and for the kids. The staff was awesome and really knowledgeable...it's not just staffed with bored college kids like some of these museums. I talked to one guy, Andy, who has a geology degree. So much to do and see here...it could easily be a 4-5 hour visit if you wanted to experience everything you could.
  • It was enjoyable. Heavily geared toward children, though. I know science is science, but it would be nice if they added some more interesting things for grown ups in the general admission section. Still a great time, especially if you have children.
  • Great place for elementary aged kids and families. We took our 6 month old, and it didn't have the same impact for her age as for other visitors that day. Awesome displays, but they are very content dense. It's like they are trying to pack too much information into every station. Sometimes less is more. Overall great experience!
  • Great place to bring the Kiddos. We've been getting the yearly membership for 3 years now and it's worth every penny. The more you go the more worth it the membership is.

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