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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  • September 30, 2017
    There were dozens of exhibits encouraging both the young and inquisitive to conduct science exhibits. We found much of the information quite interesting, even for us seniors. There is an IMAX theater ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    The location is perfect, on the lake and next to the HOF Museum and Browns Stadium...many exhibits to see but be sure to go into the IMAX Theatre...there is a NASA exhibit you should also see  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Was somewhat disappointed in the Science Center. I did enjoy the NASA exhibit, but thought the admission price too high for what we saw  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    The GLSC has done a remarkably good job of making most of their displays hands on and/ or interactive which is key in attracting and keeping the attention of kids (and adults too). They also have a lot of material to explore, so even though the tickets are a little bit pricey, it is well worth the price as you can easily make a 4-6 hour trip out of it. The group I went with consisted of 4 adults (mid 30s to mid 40s) and a 2.5 year old toddler. All had fun. There were tons of kids through out that appeared to be having fun exploring the displays, shows, and the Lego room.
  • June 19, 2017
    Very fun (even for adults if you're still a kid at heart) lots of interactive exhibits and the prices are good, at least compared to Chicago like we are used to! We paid $15 for each adult, the steam boat alone would have been $9, or you could get a combo pass for $20. We were sad the steamboat museum wasn't open (Mondays), but we had a good time and still got to walk around the outside of it. Wasn't a bad walk from the museum to the submarine, and then to the Women's Air and Space museum. The rock and roll hall of fame is between the science museum and the submarine as well. A nice grouping of interesting things to see! The museum had a parking garage attached to it, I don't know the prices though as we parked a little farther away not realizing they had an attached one.
  • July 8, 2017
    I used to like great lakes science center as a kid, unfortunately visiting COSI in Columbus kind of made me realize how small ours was in Cleveland. It can be fun on a slow day, I went in the fall and had fun but my most recent visit we left in 10 min because it was so crowded. It hasn't really changed much in the past 15-20 years
  • June 23, 2017
    A bit for people younger than 18 but the space-related first floor is definitely a strong suit. William G Mather ship definitely is what makes this a strong 4 star experience, it's unique, regional specific, hugely informative.
  • April 30, 2017
    This is a great place for anyone who loves science. It seems like we spent all day upstairs, going from station to station. There are a lot of hands-on activities for everyone to enjoy. Perfect for students in grades 4-7, but there is still lot to capture the minds of older students.

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