The Rochester Museum & Science Center offers three floors of hands-on exhibitions exploring science and technology, natural science, and our region's cultural heritage. In addition to ongoing favorites such as Expedition Earth, several new traveling exhibits each year make the RMSC a popular destination for families.
Drill hands-on into construction trades and complete actual electrical, plumbing, architecture and building tasks! Fun for the whole family.
With "singing" Tesla coils, these live science performances feature dazzling displays of lightning set to music.
Math Midway exhibition
January 17–March 17
KEVA Planks—Come build with us!
Construct your own wooden masterpiece with KEVA Planks—identical, stackable construction blocks. Blending science with art, KEVA planks bring out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us.
What powers our bodies, cities and planet, and is neither created nor destroyed? ENERGY. Developed and built by RMSC staff and volunteers, ENERGIZE it brings you through a multi-sensory, highly physical experience where YOU hold the power!
Light Here | Light Now
Optics exhibit! Lasers, mirrors, lenses, prisms—hands-on fun with optics! Explore the science, technology and engineering that have made Rochester a global center for imaging and optics research.
Stories of Rochester contributions are woven through the exhibit.
Flight to Freedom: Rochester's Underground Railroad
Explore the paths that courageous freedom seekers followed through Rochester in this dramatic, interactive exhibition. Walk in the footsteps of Austin Steward, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Reverend Thomas James as they overcome huge obstacles to build free lives. Learn how they joined Rochester activists in the fight to abolish slavery and help others seeking freedom.
Young visitors can follow their own child-level "Songs of Freedom" story as little Imani makes the dangerous journey north with her family.
The exhibition is presented with support from the City of Rochester and the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, a program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Also, Explore the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail — Upstate New York
Glaciers & Giants
You & Your Earth and An Ever-Changing Planet
American Rock Salt Company Object Theater
Explore the underwater world of Lake Ontario as you dive to the lake floor in the Deep Submergence Vehicle. Examine the rock layers of the Genesee River Gorge in the climbing wall. Become a reporter in the weather studio, or operate the fill valves in an interactive model of an Erie Canal lock.
Discover Our Weather
HOW THINGS WORK
Discover the science behind everyday devices in this hands-on, minds-on exhibit. Through fun, first-hand investigation, find out how mechanisms such as light switches, thermostats, and traffic signals work.
K'NEX (This exhibit has been temporarily removed from the gallery.)
Flex your engineering skills and creative muscle! Build trucks, towers—anything you can imagine—with this colorful construction toy. Purchase your creations to take home, or take them apart to come back and play another day.
AT THE WESTERN DOOR
The hundreds of objects displayed show the Seneca's and Haudenosaunee's creative response to new technologies and materials introduced following European contact. Clan and family continue to bind communities together and define who the Seneca and Haudenosaunee are.
ROCHESTER BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
Explore Erie Canal connections in RMSC exhibits and get your Erie Canalway Passport to Your National Parks stamp at the museum Welcome Center!
Rochester's 1873 Time Capsule
Rochester Business Hall of Fame
RMSC Quilt Project
British Pottery Displaying Erie Canal Imagery