Rochester Museum & Science Center

Rochester Museum & Science Center Get curious with us about science, space, and nature through hands-on experiences at the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center!
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It’s National Pancake Day, and this warm, syrup-y breakfast option has taken over our thoughts this morning 😍🥞 If you’re...
03/12/2020

It’s National Pancake Day, and this warm, syrup-y breakfast option has taken over our thoughts this morning 😍🥞 If you’re like us, you can’t get enough of them! Thankfully, the Cumming Nature Center will have plenty of pancakes for everyone during Maple Sugaring Weekends 😋 Starting next Saturday, March 21, the staff at CNC will be serving up a pancake breakfast to give you brain fuel before you head out to the trails to learn more about maple syrup and how it’s made! Learn more: RMSC.org/maple

Rochester Museum & Science Center's cover photo
03/12/2020

Rochester Museum & Science Center's cover photo

Last week, we talked with Blackfriars Theatre about their new show Silent Sky and why it's important to encourage all pe...
03/11/2020

Last week, we talked with Blackfriars Theatre about their new show Silent Sky and why it's important to encourage all people, regardless of gender, to get into STEM careers! This week, we have a special treat for you. We're giving away TWO TICKETS to Silent Sky for the first Saturday evening performance, on March 28 at 8pm!

How do you enter? It's easy:
1. Like & Follow our page and Blackfriars Theatre's page
2. Like this post 👍
3. Tag who you'll bring to the show 😍
4. Tell us who inspires you to get involved with STEM!

The giveaway ends on Friday morning at 9am! Winners will be announced on Friday at noon (12pm). Good luck! 😋

As March continues to tease us with Spring weather, these summertime roses make us wish it was June! ☀️ Thankfully, unti...
03/11/2020

As March continues to tease us with Spring weather, these summertime roses make us wish it was June! ☀️ Thankfully, until it warms up, we can live vicariously through these photos of RMSC’s Garden of Fragrance, which was created by our next #WomensHistoryMonth spotlight, Harriet Hollister Spencer. 🌹

Harriet was a noted horticulturist and civic leader who made a number of important civic contributions to Rochester. Her work included serving on the Monroe County Victory Garden Committee, which included writing a victory garden broadcast, “Pointers for Victory Gardeners,” for the Fulton Lewis program. 💐 She was also awarded the Green Thumb award from the Garden Gate radio program, was on the Board of the Rochester Blind Association, and was a strong advocate for the protection of Rochester’s old trees and the preservation of Ellwanger & Barry’s original arboretum. In many ways, Harriet acted as an environmentalist before scientists knew about the risk of climate change!

Keep Harriet in mind as we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month. While she may not have made significant political change, or be as well known as her fellow Rochesterian women, her work helps show the long-lasting impact individuals can have on their communities and the environment. 😊 Check back in next Wednesday to learn about more notable women and the objects we have in our collection!

These photos come from our Harriet Hollister Spencer Papers collection.

#rochesterhistory #rochesterny #roc #nys #sciencemuseum #historymuseum #archive #archives #women #gardens #greenthumb #roses #rosegarden #rewardyourcuriosity #nysmuseums #MANY

Did you know it’s National Funeral Director & Mortician Recognition Day? This holiday is a reminder to thank those who d...
03/11/2020

Did you know it’s National Funeral Director & Mortician Recognition Day? This holiday is a reminder to thank those who dedicate their lives to helping people celebrate their loved ones in death.

We thought today would be a good time to share images of the Cunningham Hearses! Does that name sounds familiar? It’s because the Cunningham family mansion lies on RMSC’s property. 😁 Here, you can see two of their hearse designs, and a small advertising catalog for the company.

Have you heard of the Museums for All program? RMSC is one of many museums across the country that offers discounted adm...
03/10/2020

Have you heard of the Museums for All program? RMSC is one of many museums across the country that offers discounted admission to those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits. This is part of an effort to make our museum more accessible to everyone in our city. The next time you come to the museum, show us your SNAP EBT card and you can get into the museum for $4 per person, up to four people. 😊

The Planetarium is much more than a theater. When you come to our shows, you can be transported to far away galaxies, or...
03/10/2020

The Planetarium is much more than a theater. When you come to our shows, you can be transported to far away galaxies, or even across the country to some of our astonishing national parks! 😍 When was the last time you’ve been to the Planetarium? If it’s been a while, you should check out our featured shows like Hubble's Immersive Universe or National Parks Adventure. 😋 They’re both here for a limited time, so make sure to see them before they’re gone! Showtimes: RMSC.org/shows

Thanks to Visit Rochester for featuring Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center on their Guide to Maple Sugar Season...
03/10/2020
#VisitROC's Guide To Maple Sugar Season In Rochester, N.Y.

Thanks to Visit Rochester for featuring Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center on their Guide to Maple Sugar Season blog post 😍 We're always excited to bring this much-loved tradition to our community every year! We hope to see you there 🥞😋

http://www.visitrochester.com/blog/post/visitrocs-guide-to-maple-sugar-season-in-rochester-ny/

It's a magical time of year when the weather is just right: warmer days, chilly nights and the sap begins to flow in the sugar maples. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh maple syrup. In Rochester and Finger Lakes region, there are some ways visitors can taste and experience New York Stat...

WXXI
03/09/2020
WXXI

WXXI

Join WXXI and Rochester Museum & Science Center at RMSC on Monday, March 23rd for a preview presentation of "The Gene: An Intimate History", which tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science. It will be followed by a discussion with the film's director Chris Durrance.

A reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will follow. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Click the link to secure your seat. 👇

Congratulations to Joel Kastner, astronomy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Judith Pipher, emerita fa...
03/09/2020
Two Rochester-area astronomers honored

Congratulations to Joel Kastner, astronomy professor at
Rochester Institute of Technology, and Judith Pipher, emerita faculty member at University of Rochester!! 🥳 They've been named to the first class of fellows of the American Astronomical Society.

This honor recognizes their “original research and publication, innovative contributions to astronomical techniques or instrumentation, significant contributions to education and public outreach, and noteworthy service to astronomy and to the society itself.” You both are truly inspiring! 🤩

https://rbj.net/2020/03/09/two-rochester-area-astronomers-honored/

Two Rochester-area astronomers – one retired, one still active in the field – have been named to the first class of fellows of the American Astronomical Society, a new honor recognizing extraordina…

03/09/2020

2001: A Space Odyssey seems like the perfect title for this Sci-Fi-thriller, but, surprisingly, that wasn’t the first-choice. The first working title for the movie was, “Project: Space.” 😂 We don’t know about you, but this seems like a lack-luster title for such an awesome movie! Thankfully, they eventually figured out a title that could capture the dramatics of the story! 😁

Aside from movie facts, there’s so much to learn from our featured SciFiTech exhibit, and time is running out! The exhibit is only here for a two more months, so make sure to come in to see Hal and all of the other iconic Sci-Fi technology we have on display while you still can 🤗

The museum is tons of fun, but it also functions as a classroom for kids of all ages! For the little ones in our prescho...
03/09/2020

The museum is tons of fun, but it also functions as a classroom for kids of all ages! For the little ones in our preschool, the exhibits at RMSC help them begin to explore the world of science, technology, history, and culture. From playing with lasers in the Illumination exhibit to learning about the animals in our inquiry room, they’re exposed to something new and exciting every day. See our website for more info: RMSC.org/preschool

Happy International Women’s Day! We looked into our Albert R. Stone Negative Collection to see what fun pieces of women’...
03/08/2020

Happy International Women’s Day! We looked into our Albert R. Stone Negative Collection to see what fun pieces of women’s history we could share with you and found this gem. These 9 women are attendees of the Seneca Falls Pageant celebrating the 75th anniversary of the first equal rights convention.

These women expressed their gratitude for the work done at the 1848 equal rights convention in Seneca Falls by dressing as prominent figures who were involved. If you were to pick one inspiring woman to dress up as today, who would you choose?

Daylight saving time begins today, and we’re “springing forward” and losing an hour off of our day- but this doesn’t app...
03/08/2020

Daylight saving time begins today, and we’re “springing forward” and losing an hour off of our day- but this doesn’t apply to everyone in the US! Did you know that neither Arizona nor Hawaii participate in daylight saving? 🤔

For Arizona, having “more sunlight” means more air conditioning and more energy use, which wasn’t a great selling point for residents. Instead, they held a nearly unanimous vote in 1967 to opt out of daylight saving time.

In Hawaii, there’s just not much use for it! 😂 The concept of daylight saving is to adjust the time to make use of available natural light. Since Hawaii is reasonably close to the equator, sunrise and sunset don’t vary nearly as much as does farther North, so there’s no real reason to mess around with the time.

If you’re feeling a bit sleepy or lazy because you lost an hour, why not take a trip to see a show at our Planetarium? You get the fun and informative experience of the museum while sitting down in a comfy, reclining chair! 😋😎

RMSC Uncorked & On Tap has all of our galleries full of laughter, music, and fun conversation! We’re having so much fun,...
03/08/2020

RMSC Uncorked & On Tap has all of our galleries full of laughter, music, and fun conversation! We’re having so much fun, we never want it to end! 😍🥳🤩

Our SciFiTech exhibit won’t be here much longer, and we’re planning a SciFiTech Takeover before it’s gone! Join us durin...
03/07/2020

Our SciFiTech exhibit won’t be here much longer, and we’re planning a SciFiTech Takeover before it’s gone! Join us during April Break, from April 6-10, as we explore science fiction, science facts, and wall-to-wall science fun! Check out more info at RMSC.org/SFTT

03/07/2020

Happy Saturday! As a reminder, the Museum will closing early TODAY at 1pm to accommodate a large event. Planetarium shows will continue as scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience!

We’re getting ready for the weekend and wanted to make sure you knew what fun activities we have in store for you! There...
03/07/2020

We’re getting ready for the weekend and wanted to make sure you knew what fun activities we have in store for you!

There’s tons of stuff happening at the museum this weekend, including some Science on a Sphere shows! 🌎 These shows, projected on a 3D globe, allow you to explore the paths of storms, changes in ocean temperature or the surface of Mars. If you haven’t seen it yet, this weekend is a great time to try it out!

We’ll also be hosting RMSC Uncorked & On Tap at the museum on Saturday night! The museum will be closing at 1pm on Saturday to accommodate, so make sure to plan your visits accordingly!

While the museum is closing early on Saturday, shows at the Planetarium will continue as usual so you can get your weekend-science-fix 🤩In addition to our star shows and featured films, we also have new offerings for our Saturday Night Laser shows! We’re jamming out to Radiohead and Pink Floyd this month, and you won’t want to miss it 🎶

We’re getting toward the end of the winter season, but there’s still tons to do down at the Cumming Nature Center! Even if there's not be enough snow for skiing this weekend, but you can still take a walk through our beautiful nature trails! 😊

We hope you keep us in mind when you make your weekend plans! Remember to tag us in your photos, we love to see everyone enjoying themselves! 😋🎉

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, our first Behind the Scenes post in March will be dedicated to the hardworking women wh...
03/06/2020

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, our first Behind the Scenes post in March will be dedicated to the hardworking women who help keep this place running. These photos are of some impressive women who have worked at the museum over the years, and are still here today!

Our first photo is of Lois Shaffer, our Deputy Director of Exhibits. She helps design all of our exhibits, from figuring out a floor plan to picking the exhibit colors, and so much more! 😊 She has worked for the museum for over 30 years!

The next photo is of Heidi Luizzi, our Director of Member & Visitor Services. 🤗 You may have seen her at our front desk, because a lot of her job involves ensuring that our visitors have the most positive experience they can! She has worked for the museum for 35 years.

Next up is our Mail Room Guru, Earple King! Earple does the much needed job of distributing mail to our mail boxes, and in the past she did all of the printing for the museum, which was a huge job before printing became so streamlined! She worked her for nearly 50 years! 😋

Our last photo features Anita Joan Angelico, one of our MVS Assistants who continues to volunteer after retiring from her long standing career at the RMSC. Like Heidi, Antia spends most of her time with visitors! She’s worked at the museum for 48 years, and her career spanned from greeting our visitors to Volunteer Coordinator to starting our Hospitality Services.

Each of these women have helped to shape and grow the RMSC into the organization it is today. We are so thankful for the work they do! If you see any of these ladies around the museum, feel free to say hello! 👋

Make sure to follow our #BehindTheScenes series to learn more about our staff and collections. We have new posts every Friday!

#rochesterny #rochester #staffappreciation #RMSChistory #science #sciencemuseum #historymuseum #museum #BTS #MuseumBTS #MANY #nysmuseums

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 RMSC STEM Awards, presented by G. W. Lisk.
03/06/2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 RMSC STEM Awards, presented by G. W. Lisk.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 RMSC STEM Awards, presented by G. W. Lisk.

Happy Employee Appreciation Day to all the members of our staff! RMSC could never open it’s doors without the hard work ...
03/06/2020

Happy Employee Appreciation Day to all the members of our staff! RMSC could never open it’s doors without the hard work and dedication our team puts in every day, and we wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU 😊🎉

Thanks to Visit Rochester for including us in their March Events That ROC feature! Check out their blog post to see more...
03/06/2020
March Events That ROC

Thanks to Visit Rochester for including us in their March Events That ROC feature! Check out their blog post to see more about RMSC Uncorked & On Tap, and Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center!

www.visitrochester.com/blog/post/march-events-that-roc/

The list of things to do in Rochester, N.Y. is truly limitless! To help you plan your next trip, we’ve pulled together the following list of top events and activities happening in Rochester and the Finger Lakes this March.

You won't want to miss seeing One Eleven On East and all of our other vendors on Saturday at RMSC Uncorked & On Tap, pre...
03/06/2020

You won't want to miss seeing One Eleven On East and all of our other vendors on Saturday at RMSC Uncorked & On Tap, presented by Vincent Associates 🤩 There's still a few tickets left, so it's not too late to join in on the fun!

See ticket info at: RMSC.org/uncorked.

Don’t miss out this Saturday at 6pm! A perfect pairing of science and fun comes alive at the Rochester Museum & Science Center Uncorked & On Tap, presented by Vincent Associates. Dozens of local and regional beer, wine, spirit, and food vendors will be on hand with samples and tastings.

#rochesterny #rochesterevents #roccity #roccityliving #canopyliving #oneelevenoneast #111oneast #localevents #rentroc

Have you heard of our new book club? Every month, we meet at the Cumming Nature Center for a book discussion & trail wal...
03/05/2020

Have you heard of our new book club? Every month, we meet at the Cumming Nature Center for a book discussion & trail walk as part of our new Eco-Book Club and Hike program. For our next meeting in April, we’ll be reading The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. Interested? Make sure to pick up a copy from your local library or bookstore and join us at the Nature Center on April 1, from 11-2pm!

There are only a few days left until Saturday, do you have your tickets to Uncorked & On Tap yet?! 🤩 We’ll have food & d...
03/05/2020

There are only a few days left until Saturday, do you have your tickets to Uncorked & On Tap yet?! 🤩 We’ll have food & drink samples, products to purchase, seminars to attend, AND live music to enjoy. Who WOULDN’T want that? 🎉 Get your tickets before they're gone! RMSC.org/Uncorked

While the next solar eclipse is a few years away, we’ll have a “Vanishing Sun” in the Planetarium on March 20 and 21! Th...
03/04/2020

While the next solar eclipse is a few years away, we’ll have a “Vanishing Sun” in the Planetarium on March 20 and 21! This Vanishing Sun isn’t a celestial phenomenon though, it’s a local, jazz-fusion sensation 😍 Join us for Vanishing Sun: Impressions of the Infinite, a new concert series being held for one weekend only! Get your tickets today: RMSC.org/vanishing-sun-show

03/04/2020
Blackfriars Theatre

We’re LIVE!! Click here to see Blackfriars Theatre’s interview with our President and CEO Hillary Olson 😊

We’re LIVE for BT Coffee Hour at the Strasenburgh Planetarium with Hillary Olson, President and CEO of Rochester Museum & Science Center — our Community Partner for Silent Sky.

We know what you’re thinking, who wears heels and all black outfits to the beach? 👀👀 Well, these ladies aren’t at the be...
03/04/2020

We know what you’re thinking, who wears heels and all black outfits to the beach? 👀👀 Well, these ladies aren’t at the beach for a simple stroll. They are members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps! This image comes from our Heise Family Papers collection, and the photo belonged to Stephanie Heise. Stephanie was an active-duty army sergeant during World War II, and our first spotlight for #WomensHistoryMonth.

These photos tell the story of women like Stephanie who stepped up to the plate (in HEELS!) to help assist the military during the Second World War. Considering the military didn’t formally allow women to enlist until 1948, Stephanie and her sisters in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps were truly ahead of their time. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we hope our visitors can look at powerful women like Stephanie and be inspired to make their own impact and path in the world. 😊 Check back on Wednesday for our next Women's History Month spotlight!

#rochesterhistory #rochesterny #roc #nys #sciencemuseum #historymuseum #archive #archives #women #womeninservice #army #military #rewardyourcuriosity #nysmuseums #MANY

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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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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?
Rochester underground railroad exhibit
I have the whole world at my fingertip.
Please explain why your history of Music omitted Latin influence and skipped right to "Jazz."
just curious..how much of the museum's funding is from public (government) sources? Is this funding local, state, federal? Thanks
How long will At the western door be open