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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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As the governing body of the organization, the RMSC Board of Trustees consists of more than 20 members of our community ...
02/24/2021

As the governing body of the organization, the RMSC Board of Trustees consists of more than 20 members of our community who are leaders in their professional fields. They volunteer their time to support the RMSC, contributing their valuable experience from a variety of fields to help guide our work. Each member is passionate about our mission to inspire a better future for all through curiosity, exploration, and participation in science, culture, and the natural world.

For this month’s Board Spotlight, we talked to Tony Adams, partner in Adams Leclair LLP. Tony has been a board member at the RMSC since 2012. He loves to visit the RMSC, especially with his grandchildren.

We asked Tony a few questions to help you get to know him better. Here is what he shared:

Question: As a community member, why do you think it’s important for you to share your input and ideas by being a member of the Board?
Answer: As an attorney, I have specialized training and experience that can help RMSC’s leadership understand and navigate some of the complexities that the Museum faces in the realms of contracting, compliance, and fiduciary responsibility. More broadly, I’m proud to do whatever I can to help this valuable community asset thrive and grow. RMSC is one of the treasures that sets Rochester apart from other small and mid-sized urban communities.

Question: Why do you think it’s important to support Science Centers and their efforts toward making STEM education accessible?
Answer: Resources like our Planetarium, our exhibits and our science-focused educational programs simply cannot be duplicated by our school systems, particularly those serving our urban core. Also, a child (or even an adult) may experience something at RMSC that sparks an enduring interest in some aspect of science, history or culture that might otherwise have remained dormant.

Question: What has been a seminal experience for you as a member of the board?
Answer: When I first came to Rochester in the early 1980s I was struck by the exhibit now known as “At the Western Door,” and how it brought to life, through dioramas and archaeological displays, the experiences of those who were native to Western New York before there was a New York. I’ve been back to see it many times since.

Question: Do you have a favorite exhibit at the RMSC Museum?
Answer: “At the Western Door” exhibit is still a favorite. But more recently, I’ve become especially attached to “Under Construction,” partly due to my professional connection to the construction industry but mostly because my grandchildren love it.

02/24/2021

We were learning about density at the Science Encounter station this past weekend 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬 The yellow-colored liquid is water that is over-saturated with salt, and the orange-colored liquid is plain water. What do you think happened when we removed the barrier between the two? 🤔 Check the comments to find out!

Join the RMSC team! 🎉 We are currently accepting applications for one full-time and two part-time positions at the Museu...
02/23/2021
Careers - Rochester Museum & Science Center

Join the RMSC team! 🎉 We are currently accepting applications for one full-time and two part-time positions at the Museum. Check out RMSC.org/careers for more details.

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

Did you know NASA has a mission aimed at “touching the sun”? Learn more about this mission, and other interesting topics...
02/23/2021

Did you know NASA has a mission aimed at “touching the sun”? Learn more about this mission, and other interesting topics, by visiting our Science on a Sphere exhibit! 🌎Shows run on an automated loop every day, and we even have live presentations where you can ask our edu-tainers questions and explore your curiosity 🧠 💭 Make sure to stop by the Data Theater on the second floor of the museum during your next visit!

Join the RMSC team! 🎉 We are currently accepting applications for one full-time and two part-time positions at the Museu...
02/23/2021
Careers - Rochester Museum & Science Center

Join the RMSC team! 🎉 We are currently accepting applications for one full-time and two part-time positions at the Museum. Check our RMSC.org/careers for more details.

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

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02/22/2021

Rochester Museum & Science Center's cover photo

There’s still time to join our Changemakers book club-- and you have some extra time to read! 📚 Our first book club date...
02/22/2021

There’s still time to join our Changemakers book club-- and you have some extra time to read! 📚 Our first book club date has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 4, at 7pm. We’ll be discussing “Collard Green Curves: A Fat Girl’s Journey from Childhood Obesity to Healthy Living” by Theresa Lou Bowick. Sign up today: RMSC.org/cm-book-club

Are you counting down the days until spring weather, or are you enjoying the winter wonderland outside? ☃️ If you’re wai...
02/22/2021

Are you counting down the days until spring weather, or are you enjoying the winter wonderland outside? ☃️ If you’re waiting for sunnier days, we hope this beautiful landscape photo from our #AlbertStoneCollection makes your day a little brighter ☀️

If you love exploring with us at the RMSC, consider becoming a member with us! Members receive free admission to the Mus...
02/22/2021
RMSC Membership - Rochester Museum & Science Center

If you love exploring with us at the RMSC, consider becoming a member with us! Members receive free admission to the Museum, Planetarium, and Nature Center, get access to members-only discounts and early access to programs, AND are eligible for free admission to more than 300 other Science Museums worldwide! Become a member today: RMSC.org/members

A year of serious fun. A lifetime of memories. Your RMSC membership offers a fun-filled year of exploration of our world and beyond. Connect with your...

The Curiosity Shop is OPEN! Support your favorite Museum, Planetarium, and Nature Center and get some bright, colorful m...
02/21/2021

The Curiosity Shop is OPEN! Support your favorite Museum, Planetarium, and Nature Center and get some bright, colorful merch while you do it 🤩 Explore the shop and see what fits best with your wardrobe: rmsccuriosityshop.square.site

That’s a wrap on another week of Curiosity Camp! We’ll miss our campers and can’t wait until Spring Break so we can cont...
02/20/2021

That’s a wrap on another week of Curiosity Camp! We’ll miss our campers and can’t wait until Spring Break so we can continue our journey of exploration and discovery 🤗 Registration for April Break Camp is open now-- check out your options today! RMSC.org/aprilcamp

Rachel Y. DeGuzman, an extraordinary entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Arts: Activating Art and Justice uses any ...
02/20/2021

Rachel Y. DeGuzman, an extraordinary entrepreneur and founder of
21st Century Arts: Activating Art and Justice uses any means necessary to promote the arts and create greater access for Black art, Black artists, and the Black community. Her work uplifting creative minds is #HistoryintheMaking, and we’re so thankful for all she does for the Rochester community. We look forward to watching your work evolve as you inspire others to #BeChangemakers, Rachel!

This photo shows an aspect of Rachel's interactive exhibit display, which highlights her work with Long Table Conversations.

For today’s #BehindTheScenes look, we wanted to give you the scoop on a new collection we have at the RMSC! The Anne Wea...
02/19/2021

For today’s #BehindTheScenes look, we wanted to give you the scoop on a new collection we have at the RMSC! The Anne Weaver Teabeau and Roland B. Scott Jr. Collection on Frederick Douglass is an archival collection of materials relating to the Douglass family, including photographs, correspondences, programs, speeches, and framed portraits. Donated by a direct descendant of Douglass, we’re excited to share this collection with our community 🤗

Pictured above are some objects from the new collection.

To view this collection, email us at [email protected] to make an appointment.

Despite being arrested 139 times for her advocacy efforts, Anita Cameron is a relentless voice for change and her work i...
02/18/2021

Despite being arrested 139 times for her advocacy efforts, Anita Cameron is a relentless voice for change and her work is #HistoryintheMaking. Anita has been involved in social change activism and community organizing for more than 39 years and is a legend among disability rights activists. Thank you for all that you do to inspire and advocate for your community, Anita! #BeChangemakers

Watching our visitors unleash their creativity at our Make Your Own Changemaker Button station this week has been so fun...
02/18/2021

Watching our visitors unleash their creativity at our Make Your Own Changemaker Button station this week has been so fun! 🤩 🎨 How would you decorate your button?

There’s still time to join our Changemakers book club! 📚 This month, we’re reading “Collard Green Curves: A Fat Girl’s J...
02/17/2021

There’s still time to join our Changemakers book club! 📚 This month, we’re reading “Collard Green Curves: A Fat Girl’s Journey from Childhood Obesity to Healthy Living” by Theresa Lou Bowick. Sign up today: RMSC.org/cm-book-club

We’re excited to announce that we have more options for you to wear your support for the RMSC! In our new apparel fundra...
02/17/2021

We’re excited to announce that we have more options for you to wear your support for the RMSC! In our new apparel fundraiser, you can choose from shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and more so you can find what piece fits best in your closet 🤗 Check them out before they're gone-- orders close March 12: rmsccuriosityshop.square.site

02/16/2021

Many of of the women featured in our exhibit The Changemakers are breaking barriers for Black women, and their actions are living #HistoryintheMaking. One of these women is Danielle Ponder, who has served a variety of roles during the more than 15 years she has dedicated to organizing and advocating for marginalized communities. Thank you for all you do to inspire others to #BeChangemakers in their own communities Danielle! 🤗

02/16/2021
Curioisty Campers Making Ice Cream

We’re having so much fun at February Break Curiosity Camp! Our campers started their week off right by learning about food science, making their own ice cream, and having an ice-cream-shake dance party! 😋🍦

02/16/2021

Due to the weather, the RMSC Museum will open at 10am this morning.

While it’s important to remember important historical figures during #BlackHistoryMonth, we also must take time to give ...
02/15/2021

While it’s important to remember important historical figures during #BlackHistoryMonth, we also must take time to give some much-deserved attention to those who are making history in the present. 😁 This week, we’re sharing the stories of 5 #Changemakers who are breaking barriers for Black women and are living #HistoryintheMaking.

To kick off the week, we’re putting a spotlight on Aesha Ash. Dancing for diversity, equity, and access, Aesha made history as the first Black woman hired as permanent faculty at the School of American Ballet in the institution’s 86 year history. Thank you for all you to to inspire future generations and ballerinas to #BeChangemakers.

Happy Birthday to Susan B. Anthony! A true Changemaker, her work inspired many generations of women #BeChangemakers and ...
02/15/2021

Happy Birthday to Susan B. Anthony! A true Changemaker, her work inspired many generations of women #BeChangemakers and work toward gender equality. #HappyBirthdaySusanB 🎉

This photo is from our #AlbertStoneCollection, and is a photograph of a photograph which shows Anthony when she was 32 years old.

Cumming Nature Center is open Monday-Friday this week for February Break! We’ll be offering ski lessons and other fun ac...
02/14/2021

Cumming Nature Center is open Monday-Friday this week for February Break! We’ll be offering ski lessons and other fun activities each day, including guided hikes and ski and snowshoe rentals 🎿 More details: RMSC.org/cnc-break-week

Happy Birthday to Frederick Douglass! 🎂 🎉 Leaving behind a legacy of activism and advocacy, Frederick inspired generatio...
02/14/2021

Happy Birthday to Frederick Douglass! 🎂 🎉 Leaving behind a legacy of activism and advocacy, Frederick inspired generations of people to work toward change, including his wife Anna Murray Douglass and daughter Rosetta Douglass Sprague, who are featured in our exhibit, The Changemakers!

Above is a photo of a Frederick Douglass Monument located at St. Paul Street and Central Ave from our #AlbertStoneCollection.

The Perseverance rover arrives and lands on Mars on February 18 to begin a two-year mission searching for signs of past ...
02/14/2021

The Perseverance rover arrives and lands on Mars on February 18 to begin a two-year mission searching for signs of past life. Join us for live presentations at the Strasenburgh Planetarium this week to prepare for the landing mission! Check the showtimes: RMSC.org/marsrover

Credit: Artist’s concept by NASA/JPL-Caltech

Another exhibit we have at the RMSC dedicated to anti-racism advocacy is the Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism exh...
02/12/2021

Another exhibit we have at the RMSC dedicated to anti-racism advocacy is the Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism exhibit. Telling the story of local community members who advocated for the removal of racist imagery from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park, the exhibit encourages visitors to join meaningful dialogue about individual, institutional and structural racism. Accessible to visitors of all ages, this exhibit can help you introduce the topic to young ones, or expand anti-racism teachings for older children and adults.

Visit our website to plan your visit to see this exhibit or to arrange a guided, anti-racist educational session: RMSC.org/visit

Our Cumming Nature Center Forest School students love spending their days exploring the outdoors-- especially when there...
02/12/2021

Our Cumming Nature Center Forest School students love spending their days exploring the outdoors-- especially when there is snow to play in ☃️ 🌨️ #WinterWonderland #ExploreOutdoors

February Break is almost here-- do you have your tickets for the Museum or Planetarium yet? 👀 Purchase tickets in advanc...
02/12/2021

February Break is almost here-- do you have your tickets for the Museum or Planetarium yet? 👀 Purchase tickets in advance for a speedy check-in so you and your family can get busy enjoying the fun activities we have planned: RMSC.org/visit

It’s International #WomenInScience Day! Do you have a favorite woman scientist, or a budding young scientist, who deserv...
02/11/2021

It’s International #WomenInScience Day! Do you have a favorite woman scientist, or a budding young scientist, who deserves a shout out today? We’re giving a shoutout to one of our featured Changemakers, Eunice Foote, who was the first person to discover how carbon dioxide can affect climate change in 1856-- though her contributions were not recognized due to biases against women in science.

Photo: Image of Eunice Foote's 1856 paper, “Circumstances affecting the Heat of the Sun’s Rays.”

The RMSC has some exhibits that cover the importance of anti-racism education-- but, how does one move from learning abo...
02/10/2021
Being Antiracist

The RMSC has some exhibits that cover the importance of anti-racism education-- but, how does one move from learning about anti-racism work to being anti-racist? As part of your #BlackHistoryMonth education, we encourage you to read this in-depth article, “Being Antiracist,” from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. It provides a great breakdown of terminology and discussion prompts you can use to introduce the topic to your family. Check it out: s.si.edu/2Z3kvRp

Race does not biologically exist, yet how we identify with race is so powerful, it influences our experiences and shapes our lives. In a society that privileges white people and whiteness, racist ideas are considered normal throughout our media, culture, social systems, and institutions. Historicall...

To celebrate our limited-time featured exhibit, The Changemakers, we're starting a new book club! Every month through th...
02/10/2021

To celebrate our limited-time featured exhibit, The Changemakers, we're starting a new book club! Every month through the end of the exhibit, we’ll read a book written by one of our featured Changemakers. This month, we’re reading “Collard Green Curves: A Fat Girl’s Journey from Childhood Obesity to Healthy Living” by Theresa Lou Bowick. See details & sign up today: RMSC.org/cm-book-club

For Rev. Myra Brown, bringing the community together is her spiritual calling. She uses her calling as a spiritual leade...
02/09/2021
Myra Brown’s call to fight for justice

For Rev. Myra Brown, bringing the community together is her spiritual calling. She uses her calling as a spiritual leader to advocate for an anti-racist Rochester, which is one of the many reasons we featured her in our limited-time exhibit, The Changemakers. Check out this article from City News to learn more about her: bit.ly/2Z3b44g

The Rev. Myra Brown believes in living the Scriptures by standing up for the oppressed and confronting hate.

We can’t wait for NordicFest at Cumming Nature Center this weekend! ☃️ 🎿 Join us on Saturday from 9-4:30pm to craft the ...
02/09/2021

We can’t wait for NordicFest at Cumming Nature Center this weekend! ☃️ 🎿 Join us on Saturday from 9-4:30pm to craft the perfect snow day and celebrate winter through outdoor sports! More info: RMSC.org/nordic-fest

An important part of celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth is recognizing the systemic barriers that Black people face daily. T...
02/08/2021

An important part of celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth is recognizing the systemic barriers that Black people face daily. Teaching our young learners about the history of race and racism in America is just one way that we can work toward achieving a truly equitable, free society.

Visiting our Objectively Racist exhibit can help you and your family start a dialogue about how racism isn’t limited to hateful phrases, but can be hidden in everyday objects and imagery. Accessible to visitors of all ages, this exhibit can help you introduce the topic to young ones, or solidify anti-racism teachings in older kids and adults.

Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week to learn about other resources you and your family can use to learn more about race and racism.

Visit our website to plan your visit to see this exhibit: RMSC.org/visit

#ValentinesDay is right around the corner-- do you know anyone who would appreciate these #VintageValentines from our #A...
02/08/2021

#ValentinesDay is right around the corner-- do you know anyone who would appreciate these #VintageValentines from our #AlbertStoneCollection? 💝 💘

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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.

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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.


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i dont like your policy of only reserving tickets through internet during covid19 period. it is unfair towards those that do not wish to use internet for payments so most people who are not computer savvy or only want to pay cash can no longer go see shows. i realize the necessity of covid and social distancing. the only option you gave otherwise is to drive to museum ahead of time (days before you said to buy tickets , which is really inconvenient. so we will pass on shows until you can serve cash customers again
Hello there! I was wondering if you had any tips for viewing Saturn and Jupiter tomorrow night! Thank you!
So pleased to help curate an unprecedented exhibit: The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World! Opening this Friday, November 20th at the Riedman Gallery, RMSC! Some of our very own Changemakers whom I have worked with closely: Mimi Lee Randy Barbara Kaplan Mara Ahmed Parvatha Chidambaram Marilyn Ajavananda Linda Marshall -- more than 200 Changemakers' stories are featured from past to present. Be inspired; become a Changemaker to change the future!
We are excited to share a unique opportunity to meet with Rochester glass artist Nancy Gong as she shares the story of her permanent art installation, "Genesee Valley Watershed," at the Rochester Museum and Science Center with an intimate group of your choosing. The Rochester Women's Council sponsored this artistic educational design as part of the "Be an H20 Hero" project. This very special experience is up for bid as part of an online fundraising auction for The Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park. You can see the offering (item #105) at: ANTexperience20.givesmart.com
"Curiosity Club is AWESOME!" -Abigail
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 !😎👏🏽