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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  • We have been here more than once for a reason. Go see. Very informative, Certain displays are hands on.  more »
  • Have been to this museum twice on two separate visits in the last 30 days, and have really enjoyed both times. Both times I was there it was very quite with almost no visitors...lucky me! Lots of inte...  more »
  • This place is small, allot 1 to 2 hours at most. Lots of things for young kids but not much to do for older kids IMO. If you have a membership to science centers in other states, you can get in for fr...  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.
  • This museum is a great asset to the community. They have a summer program for kids and year round events. My kids love Christmas time and their train exhibit. My teenager did her first summer of volunteering there and the staff was great to her.
  • 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.
  • Great experience for people any age. Wonderful staff!
  • 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.

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