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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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  • We are members of our own city's science center and we were very impressed with Cleveland's. Lots of fun activities for the kids. They loved the under 7 play area and the Lego exhibit. The NASA museum...  more »
  • This is a small museum but packed with lots of hands-on learning activities for kids! We really enjoyed the exhibits. It was nice that they had a play/learning area specifically designed for smaller c...  more »
  • The Great Lakes Science Center is a must visit if you have kids. Very interesting, very informative, and very interactive. We spent hours in this museum and still didn't see it all. We had a lot of fu...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Really neat place, loads of hands on experiments and information on the space station and on the Mars shuttle. There was not as much as I would expect for such a large museum. There were two levels of information and hands on displays. There were also two play areas for children aside from all the attractions (I have none so we did not visit that part). The fee is $15 for each adult unless you are a member, then it's free (I don't know the membership fee). It is near the Rock and Roll hall of fame, so if you want to walk around the Lake and go to museums, it's good entertainment without having to drive much.
  • Took my three kids and two neices, ages 3 1/2, 5, 8, 8, and 11, and it was fantastic! We did everything from the legos to the little kids area, and walked through the ship. We brought our own lunch and water bottles, but the food court was clean and they had lots of vending machines, lockers, and nice bathrooms. The little kid section had an out door area with what looked like a water activity so you may want to bring a change of clothes or do that last.
  • This is a great place to spend a few hours and let the kids learn about science through some hands on experience. The live science show was very boring, my 10 yr old even wanted to leave the show so we did. I saw quite a few kids that were losing interest pretty quickly. Being down in a little amphitheater open to the rest of the center you get a ton of background noise that is very distracting as well so I think that hurts the show a little. They have an IMAX theatre that I have heard is very nice but unfortunately it was closed for renovations at the time.
  • SO happy to have this as a local resource. My family spends many happy hours here. Also a favorite icky-weather hang-out with our friends thanks to being Family MAX members. The staff are always wonderful & welcoming. Just wish the Tinker Space was handicap accessible, which is why I deducted a star.