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Sciencenter

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Address: 601 1st St, Ithaca, NY 14850-3507
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+1 607-272-0600
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive...

The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. The hands-on museum offers visitors of all ages more than 250 exhibits, educational programs, a gift shop, an outdoor science park and a seasonal miniature golf course. Look, touch, listen & discover at the Sciencenter. The Sciencenter is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm. Open Mondays in July and August and holiday Mondays. The Sciencenter is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

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SUPER FAMILY FUN

This had a wonderful indoor and outdoor range of activities for all ages. Even my husband and I were entertained (we are kids at heart). The admission price is what I expected for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Melissa M
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This had a wonderful indoor and outdoor range of activities for all ages. Even my husband and I were entertained (we are kids at heart). The admission price is what I expected for an attraction of this kind. Gift shop prices a tad steep.

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Thank Melissa M
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took our 18 month old niece and had a great time! She loved the block building and playing in the water! The adults had fun with the games. It was a great experience and will definitely visit again

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Groton, United States
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46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I took my 9-year-old grandson there, and his 14-year-old cousin tagged along, not excited at all. They both had a great time. I did too. We each got involved with something and it was like an amusement park. When we were done and ready to leave, 3 hours had passed! Wow! I bought a family membership on the way out.... More 

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Dundee,NY
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I had heard about this museum or science center for years. Finally took the grands there over Christmas. It was late afternoon, center was still mobbed by families of all sizes and ages. We were all swept up in the unique hands on exhibits that covers a gamut of topics. We could have spent all day there and it looks... More 

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Brooktondale, New York
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131 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We ended up here after doing the Sagan Planet Walk, and, I mean...it was fine! It's not really meant for grown-ups, and, as a grown-up, I was a little bored by a lot of the exhibits. The animal room was fun, though--we got to see crested gecko up close and even touch it, and that was cool.

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Thank chairduck
Upstate, New York
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54 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

When it was just beginning, we took our son there. Now, he takes his daughter. What wonderful adventure for children! My grands love it. I bought a membership for them. It just gets better and better

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Sciencenter, Public Relations Manager at Sciencenter, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review! We are so happy to hear that you and your grandchildren enjoy the Sciencenter so much. We look forward to your next visit. Best, Amy Gaulke Public and Media Relations Manager More 

Greenbelt, Maryland, United States
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40 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Because I live in the DC area and have my standards set by the Smithsonian, I'm spoiled for museums since few can compare. This one, though, had a host of engaging, hands-on exhibits, from magnets and nanoparticles to driving a Mars rover to experimenting with water flow. It's oriented mostly toward the younger set, but this 58-year-old NASA engineer had... More 

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Elmira, New York
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176 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My eight year old grand daughter enjoyed herself but it was very interesting for this 68 year old engineer, too!

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Dallas, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

If you can go on a day where you can use the outdoor playground it brings you it to 5 stars. It is a really reasonable museum and everything is hands on. Loved the interactive feel. My children, 6 and 9, were ready go through each exhibit a second time. I liked that they stretched the mind through brain teasers... More 

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Corning, New York
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Science concepts are presented in an engaging and fun way for elementary aged children. There is an inside and outside part to the museum. There are places for grandparents to sit in several of the sections. The center has a special area for children 4 and under to enjoy while older siblings tour other parts. Younger children could also play... More 

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