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. 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 were visiting Cleveland from Boston for the week. We went on a Sunday afternoon and there was a good amount of people in the Science Center. My 11 year old liked the center ok. She did especially l...  more »
  • We were there on a day when about half a dozen school groups showed up. It was so noisy that we couldn't hear ourselves talk. We had expected a lot more exhibits based on our experience with science c...  more »
  • The kids had a blast at the science center playing with all fun displays! The IMAX movie about the Great Barrier Reef was a good time too. The space exhibit was very interesting and lots to do for the...  more »
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  • Really interesting activities for kids of all ages. Loved to see a moon rock. The kids enjoyed the moon landing simulation game. The race car exhibit was lots of fun with interesting matchbox car tracks and a build your own mini race car station. Lots of interesting science activity stations to explore science concepts from color optics to motion, oscillation and pulleys.
  • The kids had a blast at the science center playing with all fun displays! The IMAX movie about the Great Barrier Reef was a good time too. The space exhibit was very interesting and lots to do for the kids! I'm several decades beyond the target age but still enjoyed my visit. Teens and younger would no doubt get more benefit from the interactive learning aids.
  • We had such a great time with so much to do. We spent over 5 hours here and could have spent more time but they were closing. We enjoyed it better then the imagination station. More things to do and touch for children of all ages.
  • This place has a lot to over, I felt like kid and I started playing in everything. We really enjoyed our time here. It took us around 2 hours and a half to eat in the cafeteria and walk around with trying and playing in almost everything 😁 two missing stars because I wish it was bigger and I hope they trying to improve the center more. I also would be happier if they make it cheaper 😋. Oh by the way if you’re a student show them the student ID.
  • We absolutely loved our visit and the kids did too. So many fun activities and exhibits for young and old. You could easily spend all day there and not get bored. It's also a great spot for a wedding reception or corporate event as the lobby overlooks the Lake Erie harbor.
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