MiSci - Museum of Innovation & Science, Schenectady

MiSci - Museum of Innovation & Science, Schenectady With more than 80,000 visitors annually, miSci provides an immersive experience for its patrons. All exhibitions, programs, and events align with miSci’s mission – to celebrate science and technology – past, present, and future.
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Prior to the development of microprocessors computers were very large and required a high level of expertise and power t...
07/18/2020

Prior to the development of microprocessors computers were very large and required a high level of expertise and power to run. This image from 1950 features two technicians working with ‘Omibac’, a computer built by GE for scientific research.
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On this day in 1968 Gordon E. Moore and Robert Noyce founded Intel, which today is the largest producer of microprocessors in the world. Microprocessors made it possible to create computers small enough to be used by individual people and make the modern age of smartphones possible.
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The exhibition ‘Play!’ utilizes miSci's collections to explore the evolution of play over time, focusing on outdoor recr...
07/17/2020

The exhibition ‘Play!’ utilizes miSci's collections to explore the evolution of play over time, focusing on outdoor recreation. Traditionally, play prepared children for adult roles. With the development of the electrical industry and the second industrial revolution, families started to gain more time for leisure activities. This additional time helped give rise to professional sports and popularized fantasy. Come join us at miSci to experience this exciting exhibition! Now open, Thursday – Sunday. Admission is FREE! www.misci.org
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In this photograph from miSci’s archive, Edgar Hays poses with his high wheel, or penny-farthing bicycle. In December 1925 the bicycle was the first vehicle across the Western Gateway Bridge between Schenectady and Scotia.
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07/16/2020

Our NEW exhibit ‘The Story of Sound’ opens today! It tells the story of how audio recording has evolved... from Thomas Edison's tinfoil phonograph to the current digital age. Come join us to see and hear some of the rarest sound recording artifacts in the world. Reservations are required and available at www.misci.org. Admission is FREE!

This video features some of the amazing items in the exhibit and a very early recording of a fanfare played on a cornet made on June 22, 1878, by authorized Edison salesman, Thomas Mason, using Edison's tinfoil phonograph. Mason was also a humorist in St. Louis, Missouri who used the pen name I.X. Peck.

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You’re invited to miSci’s re-opening tomorrow, July 16! To reserve tickets now, visit www.misci.org. The Museum will be ...
07/15/2020

You’re invited to miSci’s re-opening tomorrow, July 16! To reserve tickets now, visit www.misci.org. The Museum will be operating on a modified schedule: Thurs. – Sun. 10 am – 12:30 and 1:30 – 4 pm. Tickets are FREE! We kindly ask that all patrons where a mask while visiting. A full listing of safety procedures can be found on our web site. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to miSci!
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Two brand new exhibitions will be on view: ‘The Story of Sound’ and ‘Play’. 'The Story of Sound' includes some of the most important sound recording artifacts in the world and tells the story of how the recording industry evolved...from Edison's tinfoil phonograph to the current digital age. The second exhibition, ‘Play!', utilizes miSci's collection to explore the evolution of play over time with a focus on outdoor recreation.
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07/14/2020

#OnThisDayinHistory, the first photos of another planet ever returned from deep space were shot of Mars by NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft. It was launched into space on November 28, 1964, from Cape Canaveral, FL, and continued its mission of planetary exploration until December 21, 1967. The mission was a huge achievement for the U.S. and provided essential information for the future exploration of Mars.
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This video by @NASA, includes a photograph taken of the Red Planet’s surface during the spacecraft’s flyby.
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In 1995, the spacecraft Galileo arrived at Jupiter and became the first Earth emissary to penetrate the atmosphere of an...
07/13/2020

In 1995, the spacecraft Galileo arrived at Jupiter and became the first Earth emissary to penetrate the atmosphere of any of the outer gas giants. The orbiter completed many flybys of the planet’s major moons and made a variety of scientific discoveries. It measured the temperature and pressure structure of Jupiter's atmosphere, analyzed its chemical composition, and studied the particle size and density of its cloud layers. Measurements were also taken of the amount of helium relative to hydrogen, winds in the atmosphere, and it revealed how sunlight and energy coming from the deep interior of the planet are distributed in Jupiter's atmosphere. The probe also detected lightning and energetic protons and electrons trapped in the planet's magnetic field. 📷 : NASA.
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The first plastic was created on July 7, 1870, by John Wesley Hyatt Jr. and his brother Isaiah S. Hyatt, both of Albany,...
07/12/2020

The first plastic was created on July 7, 1870, by John Wesley Hyatt Jr. and his brother Isaiah S. Hyatt, both of Albany, New York. They invented a material called celluloid – a type of plastic intended to replace ivory in billiard balls. The Hyatt’s combined pyroxylin and camphor with an alcoholic mixture, making the material easier to sculpt. Due to their success, John Wesley Hyatt Jr. is often referred to as the father of the U.S. plastics industry.
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Following this breakthrough, the 20th century saw an explosion in the use of plastics for everything from industry, to medical care, to home appliances. Companies around the world raced to develop new formulas, uses, and ways of shaping plastic to take advantage of the material’s seemingly endless versatility.
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This photo from miSci’s archive features Lelea Cole demonstrating the malleability of plastic materials as part of an exhibit of chemical products and services conducted at General Electric.
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07/10/2020
miSci - Ground to Space Communication

On July 10, 1962, Telstar 1, the world's first active communications satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. The satellite used radio waves to relay television signals from the US to Europe and back. Systems like this were made possible by the work of early space radio pioneers like GE research engineer Roy Anderson. In this recording from miSci's archive, Roy Anderson, pictured here with his prototype antenna, demonstrates early ground-to-space communication by bouncing a signal off the moon.
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Many thanks to WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Jesse King for their recent story: 'Schenectady's miSci to Reopen with So...
07/09/2020
Schenectady's MiSci To Reopen With Sound Recording, Play Exhibits

Many thanks to WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Jesse King for their recent story: 'Schenectady's miSci to Reopen with Sound Recording and Play Exhibits.' To listen to the segment, click below.
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https://www.wamc.org/post/schenectadys-misci-reopen-sound-recording-play-exhibits
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Our new exhibit, 'Sound Recording,' highlights miSci's collection of some of the most important sound recording artifacts in the world and reveals how the sound recording industry evolved...from Edison's tinfoil phonograph to the current digital age and explores miSci's efforts to use new digital technology to preserve early sound recordings. miSci reopens July 16 and will be open: Thursday–Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm and 1:30–4 pm. General admission is FREE! Visitors are required to reserve tickets at www.misci.org/visit.
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Schenectady’s Museum of Innovation and Science plans to reopen with two new exhibits next week — exhibits that help explain the existence of this very

The final launch of the American Space Shuttle Program occurred on July 8, 2011. The shuttle Atlantis carried four astro...
07/08/2020

The final launch of the American Space Shuttle Program occurred on July 8, 2011. The shuttle Atlantis carried four astronauts to orbit on the STS-135 mission and transported the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to the International Space Station. The shuttle landed on July 21, thirteen days after takeoff. In total, 135 launches occurred as part of the Space Shuttle Program.
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One of the crew on this mission is in space right now! Douglas G. Hurley (third from the left), from Endicott, NY, was the pilot on both STS-135 and the recent launch of the SpaceX Demo-2 mission.
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07/07/2020

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#Onthisday in 1930, construction began on the Boulder Dam, more commonly known as the Hoover Dam. It took five years, 21...
07/07/2020

#Onthisday in 1930, construction began on the Boulder Dam, more commonly known as the Hoover Dam. It took five years, 21,000 workers, and $49 million to build (what is now) the second-highest dam in the country. The concrete gravity-arch dam is located on the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona, and impounds Lake Mead, the largest U.S. reservoir. It generates electricity, supplies water to California cities, supports irrigation for farming, and is an essential mechanism for flood control. It was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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Rediscover the spirit of innovation when miSci reopens July 16! The Museum will be open: Thursday–Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm...
07/06/2020

Rediscover the spirit of innovation when miSci reopens July 16! The Museum will be open: Thursday–Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm and 1:30–4 pm. General admission is FREE! Visitors are required to reserve tickets at www.misci.org/visit.
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In the interest of safety, we have temporarily closed our most highly interactive and 'touched' exhibits and developed two new and exciting miSci-curated presentations: 'Sound Recording', highlights our collection of some of the most important sound recording artifacts in the world. It tells the story of how the recording industry evolved... from Edison's tinfoil phonograph to the current digital age. The second exhibit, Play!', utilizes miSci's collection to explore the evolution of play over time, focusing on outdoor recreation.
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We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to miSci!
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On July 5, 1882, the first of six steam-driven air-cooled generators installed at Thomas Edison's Pearl Street Power Sta...
07/05/2020

On July 5, 1882, the first of six steam-driven air-cooled generators installed at Thomas Edison's Pearl Street Power Station in New York City began testing. Each generator would be capable of producing about 90 kW of power. Three days later the 27- ton 'Jumbo No. 1,' was ready to be fired up, and on July 8, 1882, it illuminated a large panel of incandescent bulbs. Its armature alone weighed six tons! In less than two years, the Pearl Street Station was powering over 10,000 lamps for more than 500 customers. This was Edison's first central power station.
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This 1895 photo from miSci's archive features four men in ties and vests with an Edison power generator. The system of machines in this 1895 photo is roughly the same as what was in the Pearl Street Power Station.
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07/04/2020

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Independence Day 2020!
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On July 3, 1987, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson and Swedish aeronautical engineer and adventurer Per Lindstrand...
07/03/2020

On July 3, 1987, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson and Swedish aeronautical engineer and adventurer Per Lindstrand became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean by hot-air balloon. They traveled from Sugarloaf, Maine, in the U.S. to Limavady in County Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, covering 2,900 miles in 33 hours. At the time, the balloon was the largest ever flown having 2.3 million cubic feet of capacity: larger than 23 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
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In this photo from miSci’s archive, a crowd gathers at the GE Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, to watch the launch of a hot air balloon commemorating GE100, the centennial celebration of the Edison Electric Light Company.
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Dr. Dorothy Wrinch discusses with Mrs. Wanda K. Farr and Dr. Katharine Blodgett the theories about the structure of prot...
07/02/2020

Dr. Dorothy Wrinch discusses with Mrs. Wanda K. Farr and Dr. Katharine Blodgett the theories about the structure of proteins in this 1938 photo from miSci’s archive. Proteins are one of the chief building blocks of living tissue, and their structure is extremely difficult to determine. How these proteins are shaped and fold at the nanoscale level is a key question in the development of healthcare technologies and techniques.
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Dr. Wrinch was awarded as Doctor of Science degree from the University of London in 1921. She studied and contributed to the fields of mathematics and philosophy, publishing 20 separate papers before 1932. She would go on to teach at several colleges in the United States and her work would influence not only biochemistry, but statistics as well! .
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Featuring dynamic and engaging exhibitions, standards-based educational programming and an array of special events, miSci offers hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). With more than 80,000 visitors annually, it provides an immersive experience for patrons. All exhibitions, programs, and events align with miSci’s mission – to celebrate science and technology – past, present, and future.

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The Science and Wizardry of Harry Potter: I have both emailed and called your facility unsuccessfully. I do not wish to "rollover" my tickets to another event, nor would I like to donate all of the money that I paid. When this event was first rescheduled to June 13, we were given the option to request a refund, and now that it has been cancelled, there is no option. I would greatly appreciate some sort of response.
I fully understand the risks and the precaution of closing the museum, and I wish everyone the very best to stay healthy. The question I have is whether the Harry Potter event going to be TBA, rescheduled, or will refunds be offered?
Are you going to cancel this? I really don’t want to lose my money because I have concerns my family could get sick
After visiting twice and becoming members before our first trip bc I figured if my kid loved it we would go all there time bc hey we live at the aquarium. But the first time we visited it was packed the hands on exhibits were great. My daughter loves the sandbox mainly bc the aquarium’s is still broken. But the big foam blocks are gross. Like u charge more than enough for admission, invest $500 in some new big foam blocks. The ones there a dirty and broken kinda. But get new blocks!
Are you open today for the butterfly exhibit?
Is it okay to bring my 2 year old to butterflies and blooms? I assumed that the stroller wasn’t a good idea but figured if I carried him it would be okay.
Are you guys open this Monday due to Presidents day
After building it as tall as I could with Keva planks, I let the kids bring it down!
Do you have to registered for children’s NYE tomorrow or can we just pay at the door?
Are you going to have another Science Festival this year? We always volunteer for it but this year I cannot find any info. Please, respond
Really cool interactive exhibit that's part of the Wild Kratts Official exhibit. Color your fish, scan it and it's instantly swimming with the other fishes.
Our kids had a great time at SciFi at MiSci today! Such a great event!