Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester

4.3
#2 of 6 in Childrens Museums in Finger Lakes
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  • August 14, 2017
    We spent about 7 hours here. There are lots of exhibits spread out over 3 floors. My kids are 6 & 9 and really loved this place. Lots of interactive activities to keep them both busy. We came during t...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    There are three floors to the museum. We went on a weekday during the summer and there weren't many people at all. Many of the exhibits could benefit from a make-over with more elaborate explanations ...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    We were members so we could visit as many times we wanted for a good price because its that fun to come here. They have events and kids just love it here. Nice place for all ages that make science fun...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    The museum is a nice local resource. The museum itself is about one-third Natural History and two thirds Interactive Science exhibits. The museum also has great summer camp activities for kids of all ages. Parts of the museum are a bit dated, but not to the point that child would ever notice.
  • June 4, 2017
    Great place to visit. Something for everybody. Kid friendly. Planatarium is amazing.
  • May 15, 2017
    The Rochester Museum and Science Center is the place to go for ever changing exhibits done routinely each time you visit. They are a host to a variety of high class events in the Rochester area, such the Da Vinci Party. With 4 floors of entertainment and educational fun, you can end up spending an entire day here. Don't be a afraid of the size, just go all out for the experience! Now let's talk about the main show on stage right now, and its none other than Leonardo Da Vinci himself....he was " Uncorked, and on Tap". Uncorked and on Tap was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, seeing over 50 food and wine vendors scattered across the entire museum!!! I got to enjoy seeing the giant mastodon with a refreshing beer from 3 Heads Brewing Company. Speaking of beer, Rohrbach's Beer Company graced us with there presence next to the Earthquake machine in Exhibition Earth. It was hard to balance my drink, while standing on this ground shattering earthquake simulator. Even Climbing Vines Craft Ale Company joined in on the beer excitement over the T-Rex..grrrrr. Downstairs in Adventure Land it was a toast to homemade Vodka, Bourbon, Gin, and of course Wine. I started with the Home Town Brew Distillery, where Mark Phillips did a excellent job of showing me how to make a raging cocktail with homemade moonshine, and potato vodka. In fact he was so insightful about the process, that he truly had the insight to see into other human beings. Trevor Demott did a great job with his craft beer from The Lost Borough Company, while I waited in line to get into the Virtual Ride Simulator of Lake Ontario. I also have to give a shout out to Leonard Oaks Winery who gave me some great advice " Paul there is going to be a lot vendors here, pace yourself, your doing just great". Immediately right after I went to the Weather Station with endless rows of gourmet foods from TOP local chefs around the Rochester area. Jakie from Char graced me with delicious risotto meatballs, while i gave a simulated weather report. Jim Hall the Executive Chef from North Coast Food Company made a delicious pulled pork brisket with lamb chops. Owl House made an awesome Date Salad with fresh scallops inside. After giving out my weather report, I was off to the Da Vinci Exhibit. Before I stepped a foot in to see the Mona Lisa, Damiani Wine Cellars was very pro-active at refreshing my wine glass. It was neat to learn about the various works and inventions of one of greatest geniuses of ALL time. I enjoyed watching the adults in suits, and ball-gowns play around with the Da Vinci inventions. Even the Artisan Cheese Club passed out various cheeses over Da Vinchi's spinning wheel. The Mona Lisa was the dessert I needed after a long night, and it helped that Lisa's Quality Catering and Cafe was there. Endless rows of pastries and desserts, I hope no one smeared the Mona Lisa. Of course I can't forget about those Native Americans that graced a couple of exhibits at the museum. It is always great to get a re-cap of that part of history. Finally, the educational seminars at the museum are the extra added bonus that you need. In my case I was honored with the presence of Elle Andrews from Flight Wine Bar, who gave a class on learning about sugars and acids. Mario's helped with the catering during the class, as I dropped a delicious Alfredo ravioli on the floor next to Elle Andrews. Overall: A World of Exhibits, Leonardo Da Vinci, ALL the Food and Wine Vendors, Lake Ontario Ride, Earthquake Simulator, T-Rex, Mastodon, The Weather Station, and the Native Americans....I close out this night while sipping a glass of wine from Vizcarra Vineyards while looking at the Museum Gardens out the Grand Window......I will be back.
  • March 17, 2017
    I was hard pressed to find a great birthday party place for a three year old in the dead of winter but the RMSC made it easy! The entire process was so thorough and the staff was a dream to work with. Two weeks out from our party Kara called to plan out the the finer details and helped me design a party around our age group. On the day of we met our two party hosts Heather and Julie and they took fantastic care of us. They were so great with the kids and ran the entire event start to finish. We had dinosaur themed activities, free time with the toys anf in the raceways exhibit, pizza, cake, time for presents and a live animal display where the kids got to see and touch some of the animals that live in the Carlson Inquiry Room. I am over the moon with how the party went and so impressed with the entire afternoon. I would recommend the birthday parties at the RMSC in a heartbeat.
  • June 29, 2017
    Great place for kids to learn without realizing that they are learning.

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