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miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, Schenectady

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The Museum of Innovation and Science is a museum and planetarium located in Schenectady, New York. Its mission is "to celebrate, explore and inspire science and technology, past, present, and future" The museum's Executive Director is William Sudduth, Ph.D., the Education and Planetarium Manager is Megan Dominguez, and the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions is Chris Hunter. Most of its exhibits focus on science and technology.Inside of the museum is the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. It contains a GOTO Chronos Star Machine, one of only 16 in the United States, which is capable of displaying 8,500 stars and 24 constellation outlines. The projector can show the sky from any location on Earth 100,000 years in the past or in the future.The archives contain over 1.5 million photographs, making them the seventh largest collection of photographs in the US . The archives also include 110 radios, 60 televisions, 15,000 patents, 5000 books, and 1000 films. Many of the items relate to the history of Schenectady and General Electric. The archives are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.Permanent exhibitsIn addition to its temporary exhibitions, the museum houses the following permanent exhibits:Fueling the Future: An exhibit on different methods of powering automobiles, including biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, gasoline, and hydrogen. It includes a 1978 electric car prototype made by General Electric, a Schenectady company.MRI: Examining the Human Body: An exhibit that explores the science behind a landmark medical imaging system developed in New York's Capital Region. Source:
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  • Very very small Planetarium show is actually a movie not anything about the stars Most displays are broken Reminded me more of a daycare room then anything with plastic play food and tables as the mai...  more »
  • My husband and I took 2 of our grandchildren to this Science museum in Schenectady during their spring vacation. They are ages 4 and 6. We all had a great time. We spent about 3 hours at the museum, w...  more »
  • I can agree that most exhibits in this museum are scientifically sound and very interesting, both the interactive and the historic ones, but for certain these were set up at least a decade ago and hav...  more »
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  • my grandchildren and I go here frequently. They call it the Hands-On Museum because they can touch just about everything they see and they love the experience of learning and building and being able to touch everything. This actual photo with my grandson Michael is one of his favorite things to do to build this and make it stand all by itself they love the Hands-On Museum.
  • There were a lot of really great exhibits in here for kids. Lots of hands-on, climb-on stuff. But it was really expensive for no seemingly good reason and it's not very large. So having seen or participated in every exhibit it was about thirty dollars for my wife and I to take a child here for two hours. And a lot of the exhibits were broken or not functioning properly.
  • I like this new GE interactive renewal energy exhibit at miSci that opened in June 2017. I learned in this exhibit about wind energy (turbines), and Earth's recent Climate how it effects our weather (e.g., El NiƱo or La Nina, that causes the recent long cold weather that we have been having that I'm concerned about). I have photos of it.
  • This is a great place for kids with rotating main 'attractions'. The GE history piece is pretty cool as well.
  • Loved it. Very educational for all ages. Small but has a lot of activities to do with good prices.