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“Small but a good way to pass an hour or two”

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (The Junior Museum)
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Troy
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: CMOST provides an engaging, child-directed learning environment which enables children to learn and grow through play. Designed for children ages 18 months through the tween years, the Museum enables children to investigate, observe, analyze, and build in a pressure-free environment by pairing innovative educational tools and techniques with engaging exhibits and facilitated programming to support active learning. CMOST offers a unique suite of STE(a)M learning experiences including school and community programs; mini.make workshops; summer and vacation day camps; camp-ins; and daily Museum Educator facilitated activities that help children make important connections between science, the world and everyday life. Beyond the Museum, CMOST’s Traveling Programs feature hands-on STE(a)M activities, turning classrooms, libraries and community centers into learning labs.
Denver, CO
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small but a good way to pass an hour or two”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We went to this museum when we realized it was free due to our ASTC Passport membership from our local museum. I believe it's only $5 to get in anyway. It's very small, however our 6 and 8 year old were very happy to be there. The front desk attendant gave them a scavenger hunt sheet of paper that kept them active throughout the circular-shaped museum. They loved the magnetic tube wall, as well as the interactive health exhibit in the center. We didn't have time to see a show, but it was a good way to pass some time on a rainy day. I'm not sure how they could really improve it much considering their space is pretty filled out, but the kids definitely learned a thing or two and enjoyed the live animals (owls!) that you wouldn't normally get to see.

Visited March 2014
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“Getting better. ”
Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

They've made strides to add some other rooms and more activities. Just a bit too small and lacking that real excitement factor. We will go back though the kids do really enjoy it.

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Troy, New York
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3 reviews
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“Great for the kids”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Its hands on, not very large but the kids enjoy it. It is a museum on how to care for fish life and they can actually touch them. its interesting but don't think its something outsiders would really enjoy. local kids yes. goes too fast.

Visited September 2012
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Albany, New York
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Smaller than others but great for little ones”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This museum is a bit smaller than some other children's museums but I think that is part of the charm. For smaller kids there is a lot less walking to do and with no stairs or elevators to navigate it is much easier to bring a stroller.
They have live animals, some of which the children are allowed to touch and visit with and the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly.
Better for toddler and pre-school/kindergarten age children.

Visited June 2013
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Bingham, Maine
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9 reviews
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“Small but cute”
Reviewed 26 April 2013

The museum is very small and for most of our visit during the middle of the day, we were the only people there. The staff was extremely friendly with our children which was nice. One of the major interactive displays was broken. Overall our young kids enjoyed it and learned something from the visit.

Visited April 2013
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