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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  • Looked for things to do when the weather is 10F for our visiting 2-yr old grandson. He loved the kids room with special ball pit, building giant marble maze, gear wall. Also loved the temporary train attraction with riding train. Could have spent the whole time at both places. Main activity area also of interest but more for older kids. Had special events like snow making, ice cream making with nitrogen, other stuff. Cost us $15/each to get in. Under 2 free. Cheap for an all day adventure.
  • This place is awesome ! So much playing and learning! So many cool exhibits! I recommend going right when they open. There is a lot to see and discover!
  • This is a "meh" Science Center. Things have not changed in decades besides the special and the space part which lacks. I was really disappointed especially at the cost we paid. The kids area is gross. It needs work. The padding around the ball pit looks as though it has not been replaced since it opened. Just sad...
  • The Great Lakes Science Center is a really great place to go. Mu children enjoy all if the interactive activites. They absolutely enjoy watching the different documentaries in the dome. The science center provides activites for children of all ages.
  • 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.
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