Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester

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#6 of 6 in Childrens Museums in Finger Lakes
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  • If you're into this type of thing, it's a good place. It's totally showing it's age at this point but this is a good old fashioned planetarium. Great for our kids who are super-into space. They also d...  more »
  • Planetariums are hard to find these days. This was one of the reasons we came to Rochester for the weekend. We enjoyed the narration, and the experience. Building is a little dated, but felt like we w...  more »
  • Our son's wedding was held here, and it was a wonderful, unique, and memorable occasion. Staff were incredibly helpful.  more »
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  • I "heart" the planetarium since I was a little kid. The bad news is the planetarium is STILL like it was when you were a little kid. It is in need of a MAJOR over-hull. Never the less, it is still a classic to bring a date too for a late night under the stars. The best time to see the planetarium is on a Saturday Night were you get to climb to the top of the observatory to see the stars, and the moon. There are a variety of telescopes to see through once you get to the top, and the instructors are very informative on telling you what exactly you are looking at. I never knew how bright the moon was till I looked at it through the observatory telescope. Before you go into the main auditorium, take some time to explore the inter-active exhibits about space around the planetarium. Unfortunately, there used to be A LOT more interactive exhibits. Each time I go now, they either seem to be gone or not working. I wonder if their are budget issues, as to why they are not fixing or adding new space exhibits?? The tunnel of space is always a treat to walk into, all the holographic pictures of the planets and stars gives you a great overview of our universe. In the back of the planetarium is the virtual space station, where you can be a part of a simulated command center take-off of a spaceship. I got the pleasure to try on one of the space coats when I was there, but the size was too small for me, and it ripped a little (oops). The main event of course is the actual planetarium show!! Personally I love going to the laser shows, but there hasn't been any new ones in ages. The 90's, and the Holiday Laser all have music that are severely outdated. Out of all the 90's music, you have to keep playing us songs we don't even know or care to listen too!!! The lasers are cool, giving you a "trippy" experience if you sat in the right spot. The fog, with the lasers going brings in a different touch to the arena as well. Again, I do not know how many more dates I have to torture myself on by bringing them to the planetarium where its ALWAYS the same show for me. I might have to mix it up by going to the Dinosaur Show now. Overall: Rooftop Telescope, Tunnel of Space, Limited Inter-Active Exhibits, Virtual Command Center, Outdated Bad Music, Cool old school Lasers, The Fog Machine, and a Night Under the Stars.....yes of course I will be back (with a date for a different SHOW hopefully).
  • The RMSC planetarium is an under utilized Rochester gem. The programming is incredible, stimulating, and is always changing to keep us up-to-date on what's happening in our in our universe. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and joyously share the wonders of both our universe and space exploration with us.
  • Very cool to go on warm Saturday nights and view the stars through the telescope
  • Fun laser light shows!
  • Cool effects!!!

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