Rochester Museum & Science Center


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Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, a planetarium with a 65-foot dome and a nature center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Families and community members come to the RMSC together to engage in hands-on science learning. The RMSC:
•    Includes a 4-floor Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center.
•    Engages nearly 400,000 visitors annually in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with more than 200 hands-on exhibits.
•    Excites 60,000 school-aged children annually about STEM through exhibits and programs.
•    Serves 12,000 low-income families and individuals with disabilities annually by providing free admission.
•    Prepares 10 to 15 at-risk youths each year for workforce readiness.
•    Inspires more than 2,500 children through interactive science in its annual Summer Fun camps.
•    Holds 1.2 million items in collections revealing stories of Rochester’s rich history of innovation and invention
•    Has more than 600 volunteers annually
•    Engages families, friends and groups in serious fun
•    Science experts perform spectacular science experiments and present theatrical performances
•    Has 37 year-old on-site preschool

For an overview of the scope of the RMSC offerings, click here.
For RMSC history, click here.
For the exhibits on our tour, click here.
For RMSC Native American collections, click here.

Workforce Preparation
At the RMSC, we have programs in place to help our youth take charge of their own future, prepare them for the workforce, and give them essential job training skills that make them marketable to employers. Through our Career Ladder Program, we expose youth to science and technology in an atmosphere that gives them valuable customer service opportunities that build interpersonal and business relationship skills. The RMSC also offers on-site work opportunities to students with developmental disabilities. The students gain a variety of valuable skills that make them proud and help them to launch productive lives. As they work on our grounds and in our museum, their daily presence is a heartfelt reminder of the opportunity to serve.