Around this time each year Rochester explodes with color. The Flower City boasts the blooms of flowering trees like magnolias and dogwoods, the bright hues of pansies and tulips, and most recognized, the dazzling purples, pinks, and whites of the lilacs. Rochesterians have embraced this botanical display with great celebration for decades. Let me take you back in time to the start of Rochester’s journey as the Flower City.
RMSC Science Stories
Amid a packed crowd of faces—stern men with slicked hair and tight neckties, their heads craned en masse to examine an architectural drawing laid out on a table below—one individual, seated in the front row of this photograph, stands out.
Alligators, kangaroos and opossums—oh my! The Wildlife Defenders have become well-loved guests at the RMSC with their engaging live animal shows and we’re excited to announce that you’ll be seeing even more of them in 2017. Almost every Saturday this year, you’ll see them on our schedule at 12:30 and 2:30pm.
This spring, we've been finding quite a few spotted salamanders around the Cumming Nature Center (CNC). Learn about the salamander's shocking regenerative ability from CNC Director, Nathan Hayes.
Humans have been adorning themselves in color since the dawn of time. Ancient cultures across continents were known to dye their skin and fabrics with hues extracted from wood, animals and plants for various reasons—to show cultural affiliation and societal status or for recognition from the spirit world.
Celebrate Earth Day with our newest permanent experience at the Museum, Science On a Sphere. Real-time data visualizations projected with stunning accuracy and detail will help you understand and explore Earth from its earthquakes to its ice caps.
Walking through Rochester, the partially filled-in Inner Loop and the abandoned remnants of a subway system speak of a long, dynamic history of transportation in our city. However, before the highways, before the subway, before even electric streetcars, there was another system of transportation that helped Rochesterians on their way: horse-drawn trolley cars.
Albert R. Stone, the photographer for the Rochester Herald in the early 20th century, captured over 14,000 moments in Rochester history. His unique and beautiful view of the city comes to life in black and white, capturing important events and day-to-day life. Today we look back at Christmas in Rochester.
Think about what’s in your backyard. A deck, a swing set, just grass? How about a wildlife habitat? That’s what Eric Warren has in his backyard. Though he lives in the city of Rochester, the backyard of this artist and amphibian advocate is an official amphibian wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
We're so excited about Circus! Circus! tomorrow through Monday that we've already started practicing our balloon animals. You can learn how to make your own too in between our center ring acts and other activities. But, first, do you know the science of balloons? Why can they stretch in so many cool ways? What makes them pop - or not pop? Watch Calvin stick a needle through a balloon without popping it and you'll see what we mean.
Like your children, your pets or your living room rug, our mastodon needs a good cleaning now and then. He got his bath last Tuesday morning as part of the RMSC September Close from Monday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 26. During these six days, we focused on the deep cleaning, exhibit repair and improvements that we’re not able to work on when open to the public.
Of course we encourage you to come see everything for yourself, but let us fill you in on what’s been happening behind the scenes.
A total eclipse of the moon will take place on Sunday evening, Sept. 27, 2015, and yes, unless the sky is completely cloudy, anyone who can see the sky will be able to see it from anywhere in the Rochester region and far beyond.
The most interesting part of the eclipse begins at 9:07 pm, when the moon begins to enter the umbra or the dark part of Earth's shadow. During a lunar eclipse, sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere often gives Earth’s shadow a reddish or orange hue, as shown in this drawing by Étienne Trouvelot from 1882.*
Whether or not you’ve seen this engraving of Nathaniel Rochester, you’ve seen many portraits like it. White-haired men, solemn faces, stiff postures – very founding-father-esque. But what about when Nathaniel Rochester was in his 30s, a young professional about to be married?
With a curious mind and upward gaze, I watched the sky. My eyes soared past the moon, past Neptune, into the speckled expanse of stars and settled on a dot that wasn’t quite like the rest. No, it wasn’t a star. It was another planet - It was Pluto.
What started as the “Flour City” growing up on the banks of the Genesee River has – nearly two centuries later – become the photonics capital of the country. A federal announcement this summer named Rochester as one of the cities selected for a new Photonics Manufacturing Institute, a year after being designated a “Manufacturing Community” in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program.
This is great news for us locals.