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“Great Kids Experience”

Museum of Science & Technology
Ranked #5 of 68 things to do in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology is a hands-on science museum for people of all ages covering everything from Nano science to dark matter. We have hundreds of exhibits filling 35,000 square feet of space, as well as the only public planetarium in Central New York and the only domed IMAX(R) theater in New York state. Our mission is to be a pre-eminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment. Have the MOST fun while you discover, learn & play!
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
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“Great Kids Experience”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Great indoor option for keeping kids busy on a rainy day! Fun, clean and safe way for the kids to explore. Even an indoor play area for climbing around and getting a bunch of exercise. My kids loved it!

Visited August 2013
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781 reviews
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“An Outstanding Event for Children”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

The Syracuse Science & Technology Museum was a fascinating place covering so many interesting topics in a way that would appeal to children. There were mock ups of body parts, tons of touch-and-see displays, and videos explaining complex scientific principles in easy to understand terms. There was a giant heart to walk through, a series of caves for a geological display, electrical demonstrations, and a huge IMAX theater with important cultural issues. It is well worth a stop for any family with children.

Visited September 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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37 reviews
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“Good”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

We went on a Sunday - it was busy. My son, who is nearly 7, had an excellent time. Lots of physical things for him to do and see. Many good restaurants nearby, though most are more geared for adults than kids. The museum is very good; not the most amazing ever, but we enjoyed it.

Visited July 2013
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DeWitt, New York
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545 reviews
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“Worthwhile but not outstanding.”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

While this is not a world-class science museum, it does have exhibits that are interesting to both adults and kids. In giving it an average rating, I do not mean that it isn't worthwhile; all I mean is that in the wide universe of science museums around the country (and I've been to a number of them), it ranks somewhere in the middle--not poor, not outstanding. An adult on their own will see most of the interesting stuff in an hour or less, not counting IMAX or planetarium shows. The activities for kids take longer so if you have children, expect to spend two hours.

The IMAX theater is an uncommon domed one. For some films, this enhances the experience compared with a flat screen, for other films, not so much. Except for special showings of regular movies, which tend to happen around the December holidays, almost all of the IMAX films have a science/nature theme of some kind and run around 40-50 minutes. I've seen many of them and they range from just okay to very interesting. The IMAX ticket price is a bit high given the length of the films. If one of your party is handicapped or has difficulty with stairs, check with the staff at the theater; there's an elevator to upper levels of the theater that is very helpful.

There is no museum-affiliated parking, so you will need to find parking on the street or in one of the nearby lots. Either way it's not free, but it is not terribly expensive, either. If you park on the street be sure to pay at the machine that dispenses ticket stubs to display on your windshield, as there is parking enforcement by the city on weekdays. The food options within the museum are mostly limited to snack machines, but outside there are many good restaurants within a block or two.

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Hand and touch and explore, great for the kids”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

It's a multiple floors exhibits for kids and adults also. A little disappointed, I would have thought the museum would have been better. The IMAX was ok, but no more, would not spend extra money for it. I would have liked to see more, if it equals the exhibits, it's decent. It's on several floors, and they are geared for the kids, adults may become bored, if they don't try out the exhibits. You can climb the rock wall, must see the planetarium to gaze at the stars. Member was on hand to explain and name the constellations. My only hick was I did not enjoy the museum that much, because I did not have kids at this visit. I would recommend a membership for families with young kids. Kids were enjoying trying and touching and exploring, parents beware this is not one for you. But do visit the planetarium worth it. As for IMAX I was little disappointed. You can easily spend a few hours and feel that the kids enjoyed their experience.

Visited August 2013
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