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Museum of Innovation and Science, Schenectady

Categories: Science Museums, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
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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  • The hands on exhibits will keep little ones intrigued for hours. It is great to see the kids reactions to the dinosaur exhibit. The even have a large dino costume that an employee gets in and walks ar...  read more »
  • Kids from preschool through elementary age should enjoy the wide variety of hands on exhibits and special exhibits like the butterflies and the model trains. The planetarium show is also set for kids ...  read more »
  • Once called the Schenectady Museum, this rather small but interesting museums has one of the highest rated planetariums in the country. A small extra fee on top of the small entrance fee, but well wor...  read more »
  • Right now the museum has a dinosaur exhibit running until September. I brought my five year old who loves dinosaurs but unfortunately she was frightened by them - they are quite realistic and make loud and scary sounds. We didn't stay but received a refund no problem. She doesn't like strange sounds so most children her age should be fine....I would just be careful about younger children. We've been to the museum last year and it is simply amazing. The exhibits are not only fascinating for children but are fun for adults as well. I am a science buff and was very impressed with the quality of the exhibits and the accompanying information and explanations of the concepts at work. Young to old, all children will have a good time and you too!
  • Good museum for kids. Not too small and not gigantic. They often have special events so check the website. Some local libraries have free passes. Well worth a trip or two if you are in the area or live in the Capital Region.
  • It is a great place, very clean, very educational, and very fun. It is for all ages, and it has more stuff in it than you think. I just went there with my daughter, and I loved it like I always do. They add and change exhibits, and we love that!
  • This museum has something for everyone, young or seniors, very educational and professional. My wife and I have been here numerous times and we will continue to visit and support the museum.
  • I go to this museum just once a week, I am a member here. I remembered going to this museum years ago back when it was called the Schenectady Museum (it was smaller back then).The section of the museum where the heritage area, and the Broughton Gallery, (where the Challenger Learning Center is now located today) is located didn't even exist back then. I also like the planetarium here (I'm into astronomy) The planetarium itself was renovated twice, once in 1997, and again last year in 2015. The people who work here at the museum know me by name, including the people who run both the gift shop and the planetarium.
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