Museum CLOSED Monday, September 21–Saturday, September 26 for renovations and campus improvement.

The Living Sea

Come face-to-face with humpback whales and swim among golden jellyfish in one of the most beautiful giant-screen films ever made. From MacGillivray Freeman Films, directed by master ocean cinematographer Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Meryl Streep. Features songs and music by Sting.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Discover fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world.

Coming soon on October 16!

Follow your Curiosity

Immerse yourself in 200 interactive exhibits, current-events astronomy shows, live experiments and the wonder of the outdoors.

Science on a Sphere

Celebrate the International Year of Light by experiencing this incredible 3-D glowing globe and engaging in other fun light-based science activities.

Science Museum

Summer STEAM with a Theme

Summer STEAM with a Theme

It's non-stop action every day with amazing experiences for the whole family to enjoy.
Circus! Circus!

Circus! Circus!

Juggling, magic, unicycles, and more!
DIY: Wearables

DIY: Wearables

Explore the design process and the rising trend of wearable technologies through a series of courses.
Celebrate the International Year of Light 2015

Celebrate the International Year of Light 2015

Get excited about light-based technologies and experience this colorful world as we dive into the fun of optics and reveal the vital role light plays in our daily lives.
Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere

Engage in the wonders of our planet and beyond as you enjoy a 3-D experience of land, oceans, atmosphere, and more.
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Discover fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Coming soon on October 16!
Electricity Theater

Electricity Theater

You’ll be mesmerized by zaps of lightning appearing just feet away in our Electricity Theater.
Illumination: The World of Light and Optics

Illumination: The World of Light and Optics

Experiment with lasers, lenses, and mirrors as you explore the nature of light and optics.
Inventor Center

Inventor Center

Power cities, build cars, harness wind, and fire catapults in our newest permanent exhibition: Inventor Center.
Science on the Edge Lectures

Science on the Edge Lectures

Cutting-edge science in a new, informal setting.

Strasenburgh Planetarium

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

45 minutes/Best for ages 6 to adult

This documentary-style film transports you to the dinosaurs’ world with computer graphics a generation beyond Jurassic Park in accuracy and realism.

The Living Sea

The Living Sea

40 minutes/All ages

Come face-to-face with humpback whales and swim among golden jellyfish in one of the most beautiful giant-screen films ever made.

Pluto at Last

Pluto at Last

60 minutes/Ages 6 to adult

Follow New Horizons to the former ninth planet! Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has been just a dot among the stars. This summer, we finally find out what it really looks like as the New Horizons space probe flies by.

Saturday Night Skies – NEW!

Saturday Night Skies – NEW!

30 minutes/Ages 5 to adult

This concise tour of the stars, constellations, and planets in the current sky uses new, solid-state lasers to guide you through the magnificent starfield produced by the 46-year-old star projector.

Sun, Moon and Stars

Sun, Moon and Stars

40 minutes/Ages 5 to 8

In this relaxed, enjoyable show geared to 5-to-8-year-olds and their families, you’ll encounter stars and other celestial sights that kids can learn to find in the real sky.

My Planets

My Planets

40 minutes/Ages 3 to 5

By popular demand comes a show about our solar system for our youngest explorers. Let the Star Theater be your spaceship as we discover awesome features from Mercury to Neptune and beyond. 

Pink Floyd Laser

Pink Floyd Laser

Saturday nights in August at 8:15 p.m.

50 minutes/No children under 5

The Beatles in Laser Light

The Beatles in Laser Light

Saturday nights in August at 9:30 p.m.

50 minutes/No children under 5

Saturday Night Telescope Viewing

Saturday Night Telescope Viewing

We offer free telescope viewing on Saturday nights from dark till about 10 p.m. when weather in downtown Rochester is favorable and volunteer telescope operators are available.

Challenger Center

Challenger Center

The Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester is a high-tech, hands-on facility for space flight simulations located at the Strasenburgh Planetarium and coordinated by "Mission Commanders" from Monroe #1 BOCES.


Cumming Nature Center

Fall Fest

Fall Fest

Visit CNC to celebrate the season.  Families can make their own scarecrow, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy a “Leaf Peeper” walk.

Wildflower Hike

Wildflower Hike

Explore CNC as you look for and identify the many different species of wildflowers.

Fantastic Fauna: Paintings by Mary Mullard and Anne Smoral

Fantastic Fauna: Paintings by Mary Mullard and Anne Smoral

Now – September 8

Discover the world-class paintings of regional artists Mary Mullard and Anne Smoral juxtaposed with specimens from the RMSC collections.

Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

Traipse through streams and underbrush, and crawl on the ground and over logs as you explore what on Earth is going on in nature!

Blowing with the Wind

Blowing with the Wind

Experience a guided hike with no specific agenda. We’re going where the wind blows us, and observing and exploring who’s doing what.

Fern Identification

Fern Identification

Did you know that CNC is home to many different types of ferns, and each is unique in its own way?

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

Discover why trees lose their leaves in the autumn and explore how animals prepare for winter.

The Missing Rainbow

The Missing Rainbow

Be an investigative reporter as you search for colorful pieces of the missing rainbow.

Nathan's YouTube Videos

Nathan's YouTube Videos

Nathan's YouTube Videos

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Volunteers and interns are essential to the success of the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Scouting at CNC

Scouting at CNC

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can choose several adventures at CNC and RMSC! Click here to learn more.

Leap Frog Pond

Leap Frog Pond

Outdoor Exhibit

Enjoy this permanent play space designed especially for preschoolers. Over-sized frogs, turtles, tadpoles, lily pads, and mushrooms fill a make-believe pond.


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