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The Sciencenter

423 Franklin St, Ithaca, New York 14850 USA

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Opens Sun 11a
  • Independent
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • No Wifi
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“look, touch, listen, & discover!”

Look, touch, listen & discover this hands-on science museum with 200+ fun, interactive exhibits, outdoor science park, Curiosity Corner for young kids, mini-golf course, Sagan Planet Walk & gift shop. To inspire excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate, and empower. Every young person is empowered to use science in shaping a better future. Visitors:Provide opportunities for open-ended discovery and play in a clean, safe, and accessible setting. Innovation:Strive for new ideas, continuous improvement, and leadership in all that we do. Sustainability:Encourage the long-term stewardship of our environment, society, and economy through education and our actions. Community:Help our local community and the museum field by giving back in mutually beneficial ways. Excellence:Insist on high quality, scientific accuracy, efficiency, and integrity in all our activities. Staff:Nurture an environment that values staff and volunteers for their talents and contributions, while providing regular opportunities for professional growth.

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June 23, 2014

This is a fantastic spot for families with early elementary aged kids. The exhibits rotate periodically to keep it fresh and interesting. Definitely a great family spot in Ithaca!

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Natalie Akers

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September 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

Such an awesome place to bring your kids for a day! It's incredibly hands-on complete with a "science playground" where you can understand weather patterns and geology by running up and down a playground. It also holds the famous ball-machine that stands roughly 30 ft. high. It's worth it just to go here and press the lever and watch a ball make its journey down. Additionally, they really make an effort to rotate exhibits so families nearby can continually enjoy the science center. Don't miss out on the astronomy exhibit and touch + feel room on the second floor. If you're looking for an evening ordeal or something a little less overtly educational, hit the AWESOME mini golf course in the back. Starting next spring there will be "science content" to go with every hole!

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The Sciencenter

423 Franklin St
Ithaca, New York
14850 USA


Closed Now
  • Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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