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Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland

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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. A visit to Great Lakes Science Center represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cleveland trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • On a freezing cold day, we managed to fill in a good 5 hours at the Science Centre. Master 9 and Miss 11 were busy the whole time. Highly recommend.  more »
  • You can visit the Science Center, IMAX and/or William G Mather Ship. 2nd floor is all hands on experimental exhibits. main floor is NASA and the IMAX. Lower floor are traveling exhibits which change e...  more »
  • I love the science museum. So many things to do with small kids, they have an indoor and outdoor playground, there is also lots of things for adults. The food court offers lots of healthy options and ...  more »
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  • So much fun! My godson had a blast and it's such a fun way to learn a lot
  • Very fun family place. My son and I enjoy going here at least once a year to check out all of the fun things there.
  • I went here on a date with my fiancĂ©e two days ago, and it was a blast! It was just like being a kid again. They have many exhibits and demonstrations that are all fully interactive, which is great for kids and their young scientists' minds. You can let them touch or play on almost anything. I loved the NASA Glen Space section where you could land a lunar lander. Right now they have the Ripley's Believe it or Not exhibit which is just as much a history lesson as a science exhibit, and it too is fully interactive. I highly recommend this for kids, but even adults can have a fun time here.
  • One of our favorite places! My kids want to come back constantly. The staff is very nice and we love to go out on the Mather (the old cargo ship). The Mather has a museum teaching all about the Great Lakes which is very informative and interactive. The science center itself has tons of interactive and fun stuff for the kids to make and do. The Nasa sections are great, they teach so much about space exploration and life in the international space station, timelines of space exploration and more. It is worth it to buy a membership for the year. It pays for itself after two visits and is a great rainy day activity! Since we joined a month ago my kids have already met an Olympic Gold medalist, and an astronaut at special events for members.
  • The Science Center, and the NASA center. and Omnimax are good to see with lots of interactive exhibits as well as places to eat with great views outside! The Steamship William G. Mather is a separate admission but is well worth the extra dollars on a combined ticket.