Rochester Museum & Science Center

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Contact info during temporary closure: 585.697.1942 [email protected]

Mission: The Mission of the Rochester Museum and Science Center is to inspire a better future for all through curiosity, exploration, and participation in science, culture, and the natural world.

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For today’s #BehindTheScenes look, we wanted to share 3 facts we bet you didn’t know about our annual deep cleaning!  1)...
09/11/2020

For today’s #BehindTheScenes look, we wanted to share 3 facts we bet you didn’t know about our annual deep cleaning!

1) All of our taxidermy specimens get freshened up with a light vacuuming with controlled suction and a dusting treatment to remove dust, cobwebs, or other small debris that have built up over time. Since many soaps and cleaners would damage these specimens, they can’t hop in the bath like the rest of us 🛁

2) Instead of using a cleaner and a rag like at home, our collections team uses tools like small paint brushes, cotton q-tips, and acid-free tissue to clear the dust off of our collection objects and more delicate displays. Imagine dusting your shelves with a paint brush… 😱

3) While there are many steps in the process of removing/installing the large panes of glass that protect our exhibits, we actually use really powerful suction cups to lift and move the glass while we clean 😂 (and yes, this IS a normal method of glass removal in museums!)

📸 by Noah Winslow

Making our museum accessible for all is a goal the RMSC continuously works toward. We’re excited to share that we’ll be ...
09/10/2020
Warner School Leads Study on Informal Science Learning Participation for Youth with Learning Disabilities - Warner News

Making our museum accessible for all is a goal the RMSC continuously works toward. We’re excited to share that we’ll be partnering with the Warner School of Education - University of Rochester to continue that work by supporting their research on how museums and science centers can improve learning and participation for visitors with learning disabilities. Learn more: bit.ly/2FhHou3

Warner School Leads Study on Informal Science Learning Participation for Youth with Learning Disabilities NSF-Funded Project Hones in on the Intrinsic Motivation of Science Museum Visitors Informal science learning experiences provide powerful opportunities for adolescents to experience and learn sc...

Are your Scouts eager to get out, learn, and earn more badges? 👀 You’re in luck because the Scouts programs at the RMSC ...
09/10/2020

Are your Scouts eager to get out, learn, and earn more badges? 👀 You’re in luck because the Scouts programs at the RMSC are back! We’ve made updates to our programs to help protect your troops’ health and safety while making sure they still have tons of fun during their visit. 🤗 Check our website to learn more and schedule an experience: RMSC.org/scouts

We like to think we’re pretty cool 🤓 but it means the world to us that you guys think so too 🤩 The Strasenburgh Planetar...
09/09/2020
RBJ honors Rochester’s Coolest Spaces

We like to think we’re pretty cool 🤓 but it means the world to us that you guys think so too 🤩 The Strasenburgh Planetarium was nominated and voted as one of Rochester’s Coolest Spaces this year! We are so grateful for the support our community shows us every day. Thanks to RBJ for featuring us! Check out the other winners: bit.ly/3h8NlGx

The winners of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2020 Rochester’s Coolest Spaces awards have been selected. Rochester has a history of impressive buildings, and recent developments have only added t…

Just because we’ll be closed this week doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some science exploration! Check out our Scienc...
09/08/2020
Science at Home - Rochester Museum & Science Center

Just because we’ll be closed this week doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some science exploration! Check out our Science At Home page to see a list of fun, enriching STEAM activities that you and your family can do at home: RMSC.org/scienceathome

Science and curiosity from home!    Science activities to explore and discover at home!    Do you have science questions? Email us...

To celebrate #LaborDay, we wanted to share some photos from our #AlbertStoneCollection of Labor Day parades. While we al...
09/07/2020

To celebrate #LaborDay, we wanted to share some photos from our #AlbertStoneCollection of Labor Day parades. While we all can appreciate the extra day off, it’s important to remember the history of Labor Day. In these photos, you can see local unions marching in solidarity for worker rights, using their voices to advocate for fellow community members. Many of the things we benefit from now, such as mandatory breaks and overtime pay, wouldn’t have been possible without community organizing and activism. As we reflect on our history, it's important to remember the valuable contributions of community organizing and protests. #PowerOfThePeople #RememberingHistory

The RMSC's Science Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium will be closed to the public this week (September 7-11) for our ann...
09/07/2020

The RMSC's Science Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium will be closed to the public this week (September 7-11) for our annual cleaning. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 12! 😁

September is Lifelong Learning Month in New York State! But… what exactly does “lifelong learning” mean? 🤔 Well, we like...
09/05/2020

September is Lifelong Learning Month in New York State! But… what exactly does “lifelong learning” mean? 🤔 Well, we like to think of it as learning without any rules 😎 Lifelong learning is self-driven and not measured by traditional education markers of success. Instead, curious minds work outside of formal learning environments to expand their minds-- and it DOESN’T have an age limit.

Throughout September, we’ll be sharing some ways that you and your family can engage in #LifelongLearning. Stay tuned to learn more! 😁

#Changemakers come in many forms, but one thing most have in common is passion and a drive to achieve their dreams and g...
09/04/2020

#Changemakers come in many forms, but one thing most have in common is passion and a drive to achieve their dreams and goals. Ruby Belton is one of the many women who will be honored in our exhibition, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, coming in November. At age 6, Ruby knew that she was called to heal people. She grew up to become the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Check out this article from University of Rochester to learn more about Ruby: https://bit.ly/2QSvDMS

Learn more about our upcoming exhibition: RMSC.org/changemakers
#BeChangemakers

Photo: Illustrated by Michael Osadciw

When the RMSC first conceived the idea of creating an exhibition to highlight the many diverse and remarkable local wome...
09/04/2020

When the RMSC first conceived the idea of creating an exhibition to highlight the many diverse and remarkable local women who left their mark on history and are working to shape the future, we knew we would need help from our community to identify and interpret these important, often untold stories.

Throughout our exhibition development process for The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, we’ve collaborated with more than 30 individuals and organizations who became our community curators and content experts. The voices and perspectives of our community members and Diversity and Inclusion consultants enable the RMSC to authentically and accurately represent all of the women featured in The Changemakers-- particularly Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color. This photo was taken during a creative brainstorm we hosted earlier this year with some of our community curators and some talented kids at Teen Empowerment 😁

Historically, the curatorial process has predominantly been carried out by white curators. Because of this, the telling of history can often be one-sided-- and the missing perspectives leave us with information that is incomplete, inaccurate, and sometimes disrespectful. By sharing authority for decision-making with our community curators, we hope to share the complete, untold stories of these radical women.

We hope you enjoyed this #BehindTheScenes look at The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World! Interested in learning more this new exhibition, coming in November? Head to our website: RMSC.org/Changemakers

#ChangemakersBTS #BeChangemakers #MuseumBTS #BTS #MuseumBehindTheScenes #LocalHistory #ROC

09/03/2020
RMSC Curiosity Club - Good Day Rochester interview clip

Curious about our new Curiosity Club program? Check out this interview we did with Fox Rochester WUHF to learn more about this brand new program, which will support students learning remotely during the upcoming school year. Full video: bit.ly/2DmbjjJ

Learn more & register: RMSC.org/curiosityclub

Do you know any preschool educators looking for a new position? We have TWO part-time positions available at the RMSC Pr...
09/03/2020
Careers - Rochester Museum & Science Center

Do you know any preschool educators looking for a new position? We have TWO part-time positions available at the RMSC Preschool! Check out our website for more info and to apply today: RMSC.org/careers

Rochester Museum & Science Center recruits and selects individuals for employment solely on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competency wit...

While some artists use canvas, the artists at Wickham Farms make living-murals using corn 😋🌽 To celebrate the 100th anni...
09/02/2020

While some artists use canvas, the artists at Wickham Farms make living-murals using corn 😋🌽 To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, our friends at Wickham Farms styled their corn maze in the shape of Susan B. Anthony! You can enjoy some fresh air and get those brains working to solve this unique maze, and then plan a trip to see our exhibit coming in November, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, to learn more about Susan B. Anthony and many other women who left their mark on history and improved their communities. Learn more about our exhibit: RMSC.org/changemakers

There’s still time to fit in some summer exploration at the RMSC, and all over #ROC!! Check out this list of fun summer ...
09/01/2020
Things To Do This Summer In Rochester, NY

There’s still time to fit in some summer exploration at the RMSC, and all over #ROC!! Check out this list of fun summer activities from Visit Rochester to see what you can enjoy during our last few weeks of warm weather. 😁☀️ Thanks so much to Visit Rochester for including us: bit.ly/3baIEdY

Rochester, NY is filled with activities that will get you out of the house and safely exploring this summer. Check out this list of 31 things to do and to add to your summer bucket list.

The end of summer is the best time to see beautiful sunflowers blooming all over Rochester 🌻☀️ Check out this pic of som...
08/31/2020

The end of summer is the best time to see beautiful sunflowers blooming all over Rochester 🌻☀️ Check out this pic of some MASSIVE sunflowers we found in our #AlbertStoneCollection! These sunflowers were 12 feet and 4 inches tall 😲 and were grown down on Rogers Ave. by community member Thomas Potts. Have you seen any massive sunflowers like this? Where is your favorite place to go to view these vibrant blooms? Share with us in the comments 😁

Our annual deep cleaning is just one week away! 🧹🧹 The RMSC Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium will be closed from Septem...
08/31/2020

Our annual deep cleaning is just one week away! 🧹🧹 The RMSC Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium will be closed from September 7-11 so we can take some time to clean and touch up our exhibits and displays. But don’t worry, we’ll be back open on Saturday, September 12! 😋

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08/31/2020

Rochester Museum & Science Center's cover photo

Have you heard of the #MuseumsForAll program? To help ensure all members of our community can benefit from the resources...
08/30/2020

Have you heard of the #MuseumsForAll program? To help ensure all members of our community can benefit from the resources at the RMSC, this access program provides free/reduced admission for families who receive SNAP benefits. Learn more & plan your visit: RMSC.org/visit

Check out this #throwback 😲 #OnThisDay 26 years ago our (now retired) staff member Dr. George McIntosh was on Good Morni...
08/29/2020

Check out this #throwback 😲 #OnThisDay 26 years ago our (now retired) staff member Dr. George McIntosh was on Good Morning America to help show off the mastodon bones that were found in East Bloomfield, NY! We now have these bones in our collection and on display at the RMSC 🤗 #RMSCHistory

08/29/2020
Live Science Demonstration - August 2020

No day at the RMSC Museum is complete without seeing a Live Science show! 🧪🔬⚗️ Do you have any fun memories of indulging your inner-scientist at our Live Science demonstrations? Share with us in the comments 🧑‍🔬👨‍🔬👩‍🔬

Half of the fun of creating a new exhibit is doing the research and selecting collections pieces to feature! As our staf...
08/28/2020

Half of the fun of creating a new exhibit is doing the research and selecting collections pieces to feature! As our staff gets ready to unveil our upcoming exhibit, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, we wanted to share a sneak peek of some cool objects that will be on display this November, and share a little bit about our research and object selection process 😁

We are featuring more than 200 women in our exhibition, so the research process has been extensive. It has taken almost two years to develop exhibit content and begin selecting objects! 😲

One thing that makes The Changemakers so unique is that many of the stories being told are of local, contemporary women. Instead of the project relying exclusively on traditional research, these women are able to help shape the way their story is portrayed, including selecting what objects best represent them! All of the objects shown here were loaned to us by our featured #Changemakers, allowing us to expand our object-based storytelling beyond what is available in our collection.

While this can be a new world for our Changemakers to navigate, we’re teaching them to become amazing #CommunityCurators! Interested in learning more about this community curation process? Check back next Friday for another installment of #ChangemakersBTS 🥳🤩

Objects in the order they appear:
NASA flight suit - From Pam Melroy
NASA pilot patches - From Pam Melroy
Canadian Medal of Honor - Beverly Jacobs
Framed artwork - Mara Ahmed
WASP uniform - Dawn Seymour

RMSC's Curiosity Club filling up
08/27/2020
RMSC's Curiosity Club filling up

RMSC's Curiosity Club filling up

Spots are going quickly for the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s new Curiosity Club.

Our curiosity campers got a surprise visit from News 8 WROC Rochester reporter Dan Gross yesterday and got to ask tons o...
08/27/2020

Our curiosity campers got a surprise visit from News 8 WROC Rochester reporter Dan Gross yesterday and got to ask tons of questions about his job & camera equipment! They also asked if he could help make them famous... any progress on that Dan? 😂

Shoutout to Dan for being a good sport and letting these curious minds explore! 🧠📸

Calling all artists 🗣🗣🗣 We are looking for artists who are interested in working collaboratively with the RMSC staff and...
08/27/2020

Calling all artists 🗣🗣🗣 We are looking for artists who are interested in working collaboratively with the RMSC staff and Diversity and Inclusion Consultants to develop original artwork for our upcoming exhibition, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World.

Head to RMSC.org/RFQ for more info!

We might be a little late to this #CuratorBattle, but we don’t think it’s ever too late to share our #BestMuseumBum 😂 Fi...
08/27/2020

We might be a little late to this #CuratorBattle, but we don’t think it’s ever too late to share our #BestMuseumBum 😂 Finding a particularly interesting tush is easy when you have as many zoological specimens as we do at the RMSC! After heavy consideration, we landed on sharing this unique bum! Did you know a sea urchin’s anus is located on the top of its body? 🤔 #WeirdScienceFacts #WeirdScienceButts

We know the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester shared some great museum tushes, but do any other local museums have something fun to bring to this battle? We're looking at you Genesee Country Village & Museum, George Eastman Museum, and The Strong Museum 👀👀

08/27/2020
Experiment at Summer Curiosity Camp 2020

We can’t believe Summer Curiosity Camp 2020 is almost over 😭💔 We’re going to miss our campers and all the fun we’ve had with them during this unique summer break!

Our next Eco-Book Club & Hike is only one week away! We’ll be meeting at Cumming Nature Center to discuss our next book,...
08/26/2020

Our next Eco-Book Club & Hike is only one week away! We’ll be meeting at Cumming Nature Center to discuss our next book, “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, and lead a socially distant group hike through the trails. 🤗🌿 We hope to see you there! Learn more: RMSC.org/bookclub

The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, our newest exhibition coming in November, puts a spotlight on s...
08/25/2020
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Votes For Women Virtual Event

The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, our newest exhibition coming in November, puts a spotlight on some of the many local women who changed history and their communities-- but you don’t have to wait until November to celebrate powerful women who made a positive impact! WXXI Education is hosting a FREE virtual event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment tomorrow (August 26) from 7-9pm. Join them for an illustrated lecture by filmmaker, Paul Barnes and Special Guest, Ali MacGraw. Learn more and register today: wxxi.org/wh/notforourselvesalone

On Aug. 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, finally granting American women the right to vote.

The first day of school may look a little different for students this year, but you and your family aren’t alone. Curios...
08/25/2020

The first day of school may look a little different for students this year, but you and your family aren’t alone. Curiosity Club is one of our newest programs which offers a safe and supportive environment for children to attend virtual school days. Your child can take advantage of school and homework help from experienced RMSC educators, quiet, wifi-accessible classroom spaces, hands-on STEAM enrichment activities, and museum exhibits to explore. Registration is open and scholarships are available! Learn more: RMSC.org/curiosityclub

Our campers are so talented 😍🤗 If only we could get this one framed... #SupportYourLocalChalkArtist #RMSCCuriosityCamp
08/25/2020

Our campers are so talented 😍🤗 If only we could get this one framed... #SupportYourLocalChalkArtist #RMSCCuriosityCamp

08/24/2020

While the time for Spring Cleaning has passed, there is still lots to be done at the RMSC! We’re getting ready for our annual deep cleaning and we wanted to give you a heads up. The RMSC Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium will be closed for ONE WEEK, from September 7-11 😭 But we’ll be back and ready to explore with you on Saturday, September 12 🤩🎉 Stay tuned for more info!

This may be a familiar scene for people who live in Rochester, but have you ever wondered what this structure was origin...
08/24/2020

This may be a familiar scene for people who live in Rochester, but have you ever wondered what this structure was originally used for? Before housing the Rochester Subway, this aqueduct (better known as the Broad St. bridge) would carry the Erie Canal through the city, allowing the canal, and any boat traffic, to cross over the Genesee River! When this photo from the #AlbertStoneCollection appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle in 1929, the caption read "Trolleys whiz where canal boats used to glide.” If we close our eyes, we can almost see the boats floating along downtown 😌⛵✨

Thanks to our followers for this awesome suggestion! Is there anything you would like to see from our #AlbertStoneCollection? Leave a topic you would like us to explore in the comments 👇👇👇
or check out our website to make some discoveries on your own: RMSC.org/collections

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Reward Your Curiosity at RMSC

At the Science Museum

Through 200 hands-on exhibits, spectacular shows, and authentic collections, you’ll uncover the wonders of our region, our world, and beyond in the RMSC Science Museum. Make family memories through themed programs that spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Climb a wall, build robots, zap lasers, launch a catapult, and zoom through space — there’s so much to experience for all ages.

At the Strasenburgh Planetarium

Journey across the universe at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium. Through giant-screen films, star shows, and laser shows, you’ll travel to far-away places and discover fascinating news from deep space. Lose yourself in an exciting virtual environment to places where time, space, and size have new meanings. Under our four-story dome, explore the starry night sky and immerse yourself in the latest scientific explorations.

At the Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY, is a dynamic environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through hands-on learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Our 900-acre preserve is as beautiful as it is vast. You can meander through more than six miles of trails complete with wetlands, climbing forest roads and hiking through the past. And you can investigate the curious intricacies of nature with our educational programs.


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I worked with Charles F. Hayes III for many years. Does anyone know if he is still with us.? If so do u have a email or phone #. Also I would like to talk with Adele and her brother George. Email or anything to get in touch with them. Thanks to all that have any info.
I missed your deadline for buying flowers. Is it possible to still buy some? Thank you.
Are you having a facebook live now? I can’t find it, can anyone help?
When will you be issuing refunds for the Spring Break Camp? I have tried to call, no answer, no recording. Thanks!
Amy did a fantastic job engaging the kids during Malachi’s Birthday Party !😎👏🏽
Jan 24th...anyone else? it should be fun
How long with the DeLorean be on display?
Did you know that @Ganondagan is hosting the next MANY #fingerlakes meet-up on Sept. 4?
Rochester underground railroad exhibit
I have the whole world at my fingertip.