February 13, 2017

Rochester Museum & Science Center Monthly Calendar: March 2017

Museum & Science Center


Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm

Sunday: 11am–5pm


$14 adults, $13 seniors and college students with ID, $12 ages 3–18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members.


Strasenburgh Planetarium

Hours and Admission: See show schedule

Museum and Planetarium Combined Admission:

$17 adults, $15 seniors and college students with ID, $14 ages 3-18


Cumming Nature Center


Wednesday–Friday: 9am–3:30pm; Saturday–Sunday: 9am–4:30pm

Open for winter season. Skis and snowshoes available for rent. Hiking available if no snow. Call 585.374.6160.


RMSC members free; General public requested donation—$3 per person; $10 per family.


3rd ROC Café


Monday–Saturday: 10am–3pm

Sunday: 11am–3pm

Museum Special Events

657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Unless otherwise noted, programs are located at RMSC and are free with museum admission


Mess-tival: Silly, Slimy & Gross

Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 23: 11am-3pm
(except Easter Sunday, April 16)
A festival of mess! Discover the wonders of science through messy hands-on activities. Get more than just your hands dirty while you experiment with different gooey and yucky substances. Come back throughout the week to make new art and science creations each day.


RMSC Uncorked & On Tap

Friday, Mar. 24: 6-10pm

Taste food and drink from dozens of regional vendors and attend educational seminars led by industry experts. Get tickets! Must be 21+ to attend.


Science Alive

Sponsored by M&T Bank and Corning Incorporated Foundation

Exciting experiments with museum educators, hands-on explorations with science experts from our community and more. 

Electricity Theater
Musical lightning powered by twin Tesla coils zaps across the dark theater.

Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4pm


Science Encounters
Try your hand at fun science experiments with RMSC staff and volunteers in exhibit galleries.
Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm


Live Science Shows - Earth, Air, Fire and Water In Action

Discover fiery explosions and extreme temperatures through live performances on the Bausch Auditorium stage.

Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 1pm and 3pm


Science On a Sphere® Presentations

Engage in the wonders of our planet and beyond as you experience scientific data in three dimensions on our giant globe. See Earth and the universe in a whole new way through stunning projections of atmospheric storms, climate change, planetary activity and ocean temperature. 

Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks: 11:30am and 1:30pm


Featured Presenters

Exciting upcoming programs with featured scientists and science enthusiasts from across the community! Check www.rmsc.org for details.           

Show times are subject to change. Call 585.697.1942 to confirm. To request an interpreter for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, please call at least two weeks in advance: 585.697.1942.


Simulator Rides

Enjoy special limited-time only simulator rides throughout the year. Most* special rides are $1 per person (members included). Visitors can enjoy the Lake Ontario ride daily for free.

  • Volcano Mine Ride

Daily in March

  • Hurricane Simulator (Available daily in Elements of the Extreme)
    Experience the power of 75mph hurricane-force winds! Several people can experience at the same time for the price of one simulation. *$2 charge per simulation (members included).


Curiosity Camps

Camps at the RMSC offer exciting opportunities for young minds ages 2-15. Share in new adventures, discover science and explore exciting experiments. April Break Curiosity Camp: Monday, April 17–Friday, April 21; Summer Curiosity Camps: June 26–Aug. 25. Register today at www.rmsc.org or call 585.697.1942.




Elements of the Extreme

Presenting sponsor: KeyBank

Media sponsor: 13WHAM

Supported by: The Gouvernet Arts Fund

Program sponsor: Xerox

Special thanks to: Laird Plastics and Newtex

Take an unexpected journey through the power of earth, fire, air and water. Immerse yourself and discover how incredible adaptations to the unique properties of these “classical elements” enable life on our planet to survive and flourish. As you get hands-on with science in this internally developed exhibition, marvel at rare objects pulled from our collection vaults and discover what protects you and other species from imminent danger.

Earth - Use the colorful glow of florescent minerals to navigate your way through a cave. Build a structure to withstand an earthquake and test it on the “Big Shake.”

Fire - Cover your ears when the hydrogen cannon ignites! Explore the skill involved in forging 18th century Japanese samurai armor and firing pottery in the American Southwest.

Air - Compare the flight of hummingbirds, golden eagles, and biplanes. Learn about bat sonar skills and imagine gliding like a flying squirrel in a specially designed flight suit. Take a ride on the hovercraft and send balls zooming through the pneumatic tube!

Water – Using augmented reality technology, sculpt landscape and watch the topography change before your eyes. Release the shocking “Big Splash” and check out the full-scale model of a hammerhead shark!


Snowflakes Up Close

Discover the amazing snowflake photography of RIT Professor Michael Peres in a new exhibit. Walk through Michael’s photographic process and examine a snowflake under a microscope. Determine whether any two snowflakes are alike as you explore this scientific art and delight in the beauty of more than 30 snowflake images as you’ve never seen them before.


Rochester in 1838 diorama live restoration

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am-5pm, and Saturdays 9am-2:30pm

Location: Third Floor

Made possible by: New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the Historic Preservation, Restoration and Literature Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation

Get a peek behind the scenes at a unique “living exhibit” featuring the real-time restoration and enhancement of the RMSC’s beloved Rochester in 1838 diorama. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal groundbreaking, experts work to restore and stabilize the 70-year-old diorama in an enclosure that makes the process visible to the public. The Erie Canal is a major feature in the display. The RMSC will renovate the enclosure and create new interpretive features.


Optical Society of America (OSA) Centennial Exhibit

Location: Strasenburgh Planetarium

Explore 100 iconic images and many local stories marking a century of innovation in the world of optics and photonics. This multimedia experience celebrates the scientists and inventions that changed the way we see, measure and interact with the world around us. Look for highlights from Rochester, NY!


Science On a Sphere

Sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC and O’Connell Electric Company

Engage in the wonders of our planet and beyond as you experience scientific data in three dimensions on our giant globe. See Earth and the universe in a whole new way through stunning projections of atmospheric storms, climate change, planetary activity and ocean temperature. 


Illumination: The World of Light and Optics

Sponsored by G-S Plastic Optics and Tel-Tru Manufacturing
Experiment with lasers, lenses and mirrors as you explore the nature of light and optics. Immerse yourself in more than fifteen hands-on exhibits that demonstrate exciting scientific concepts including reflection and refraction, radio waves and color temperature. Crank, spin and illuminate to make light bend, sound emanate and shadows dance. Discover the best parts of working in optics and photonics at the new media installation featuring Andy Germanow from G-S Plastic Optics. Spark a passion for science within as you discover the true wonders of light.


Electricity Theater

Featuring “singing” Tesla coils, Electricity Theater is a display of brilliant lightning zaps accompanied by popular music. Visitors watch the dark theater become splashed with light via twin solid-state Tesla coils, and allow their inner spark to ignite as they explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it.


Inventor Center

Lift it, Launch it, Let it Go, Weekdays 2-4:30pm, Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks 10am-4:30pm

Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Power cities, build cars, harness wind and fire catapults. Dive into a hands-on exploration of the inventive process. Participate in engineering and design challenges as you tinker with raw materials to create working inventions that can be tested and shared. Challenges change every 3-5 months.


Nano Mini-Exhibit

Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Get the family together and become engaged in the world of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nano, introduce real-world applications and explore the implications of this new technology.


Erie Canal Lock

Crank open lock doors and operate a tugboat. Get hands-on insights into how canal locks work in the real world.


KEVA Planks

Come build with us! Construct wooden masterpieces of all shapes and sizes with KEVA Planks, a building exhibit experience. Precision cut, identical construction blocks, KEVA Planks stack with surprising stability. Using only gravity, visitors dabble with physics in order to achieve balance, optimum proportion and strength.


Under Construction: Building Careers

Founding Supporters: Builders Exchange of Rochester, Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, UNICON, John W. Danforth Company, LeChase Construction Services, LLC, Manning Squires Hennig Company, Inc. and O’Connell Electric Company

Drill into an exciting hands-on exploration of construction trades. Built in-house by RMSC staff, the exhibition features the fascinating jobs of electricians, plumbers and other trade specialists. Maneuver a giant crane on the “job site,” install plumbing for a sink and much more. Also, learn from local trade professionals who built the Sustainability Institute Hall, home of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on campus at RIT.


Energy Trail

Support from: AVANGRID Foundation/RG&E

Built in-house by RMSC staff and volunteers, Energy Trail is a multi-sensory, highly physical experience where YOU hold the power. Compare types of energy. Cycle, push and pump to create power and discover the outcome. Complete the trail, which covers all three floors of the RMSC, and win a prize! Don’t forget to collect it at the front desk.



Dive to the bottom of Lake Ontario in the Deep Submergence Vehicle simulator. Test your strength on the Genesee Gorge climbing wall. Explore Rochester weather. Experiment with wind currents, stream erosion and more.


Expedition Earth

Explore your connections to the natural world in this spectacular, interactive natural science exhibition. Discover how our region's landscape and life forms have changed over hundreds of millions of years. See a full-size mounted mastodon skeleton, uncover bones in the dig site, enter a glacial ice cave and much more. Look for a new full-sized muskox and caribou with special thanks to Alan and Sandy Stone for their generous support.


How Things Work

Discover the science behind everyday devices. Through fun, hands-on investigation, find out how mechanisms such as light switches, thermostats and traffic signals work.



Discover the principles of moving objects. Experiment with momentum, friction, gravity and acceleration as you send wooden balls looping and racing over ramps.


Flight to Freedom: Rochester's Underground Railroad

Presented with support from the City of Rochester and the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, a program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Explore stories of courageous African Americans who traveled through Rochester on their way from slavery to freedom. Find out about local people who helped them.


At the Western Door

The hundreds of authentic objects show the Seneca's and Haudenosaunee's creative responses to new technologies and materials introduced following European contact. Clan and family continue to bind communities together and define who the Seneca and Haudenosaunee are.


The Rochester Business Hall of Fame

Presented by the RMSC in partnership with Junior Achievement of Rochester and the Rochester Business Journal. Sponsored by Bank of America

This interactive exhibit celebrates exemplary Rochester leaders who have made outstanding, enduring contributions to business and community in the greater Rochester region. Look for our new 2016 inductees!

Strasenburgh Planetarium

657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Weekends & Evenings: 585.697.1945 | Weekdays: 585.697.1942

Shows subject to change


Adult Astronomy Courses start March 1

Adult lifelong learners seeking an intellectually stimulating program blending science, the arts and history. Not geared for children. Each session lasts about an hour.

Visit www.rmsc.org for details and to register. Groups of 10 or more, call RMSC group scheduling experts at 585.697.1942.


Giant-Screen Films

Admission: adults $7; seniors and college students with ID $6; ages 3–18 $6; RMSC members $3, children under 3 free. Children under 5 years old are admitted to daytime shows only.

Giant-screen films on Wednesdays and Saturdays include open captioning on the screen with support from the Theatre Development Fund TAP Plus program, in cooperation with the New York State Council on the Arts.


Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

Length: 50 min. For ages 6 through adult.

Huge, thundering beasts darken the sky as they tower over you in the Star Theater dome. Journey through the dinosaurs’ world with spectacular computer graphics. Discover remains of the titanesque Argentinosaurus and its nemesis, the Giganotosaurus – a meat-eater that could easily challenge T. rex.

Show times: www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium


Star Shows

Admission: adults $7; seniors and college students $6; ages 3–18 $6; RMSC members and children under 3 free.


Eclipses 2017 and 2024 – Through March 4 and returning July 1

For older children and adults

In Rochester’s sky on August 21, 2017, 70 percent of the Sun will be covered. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse. Discover what makes eclipses happen, what to watch for, and where to go.

Show times: www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium


Aboard the Space Station – Opens March 11

For older children and adults

The International Space Station has more interior space than a six-bedroom house. Take a tour with ultra-high-definition video on the Planetarium’s wraparound video system.

Show times: www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium


Planet Spectacular

Length: 40 min. For ages 5-8.

See the best photos from NASA space probes and the world’s observatories. Then let “Carl” the star projector make a realistic indoor sky for a tour of planets and constellations you can see this month.

Show times: www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium


Animals in the Sky

Length: 40 min. For ages 3 to 6 and the adults with them.

Find animal shapes in the clouds and constellations in a story on the indoor sky. Dogs, a swan, an eagle, a lion and a whale! On an imaginary trip to the moon, we find no animals— they are all living on Earth.

Show times: www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium


The Sky Tonight

Length: 30 min. For ages 5 years to adult.

This concise tour of the stars, constellations and planets in the current sky uses new, solid-state lasers to guide you through the magnificent starfield produced by the 46-year-old star projector. See this show, then step outside to see the real sky.

Show times: www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium


Saturday Night Laser Shows

Thanks to its pure wavelengths, laser light provides an intense color sensation whether faint or dazzlingly bright. Our solid-state lasers put brighter and more intense color than ever before among the stars inside the Planetarium dome, accompanying great songs on a top-quality sound system.

March Shows

Radiohead Laser Saturdays at 8:15pm | Dave Matthews Laser Saturdays at 9:30pm

Length: 60 minutes each. Children under age 5 are not admitted to this show.

Admission for ONE show: adults $7; seniors, college students, students ages 5–18, RMSC members $6.

Admission for BOTH shows, back-to-back: adults $11; seniors, college students, students ages 5–18, RMSC members $9.

Cumming Nature Center

6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512



Hours: Trails open five days a week: Wednesday through Friday, 9am–3:30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am–4:30pm (closed Monday and Tuesday).

Skis and snowshoes available for rent.


Admission: RMSC members free; General public donation requested—$3 per person; $10 per family. Unless otherwise noted, hikes/programs are free with admission


Maple Sugaring

March 11 & 12 and 18 & 19

A springtime tradition for many Western New York families, Maple Sugaring explores the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the Pioneer Trail. Learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques of Native Americans, early pioneers, and today’s modern sugar bush managers. Highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. A volunteer driven event, Maple Sugaring helps maintain CNC operations.

  • Sugaring demonstrations, which take place from 10am-2pm.
  • Pancake meals, which are served from 9am-1pm. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage.

Details, including costs, at www.rmsc.org.


Beauty in What We See exhibit

Now Open

Natural Science Art by the members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Finger Lakes Chapter

Canada Geese: A Closer Look exhibit

Now Open

By New England photographer Rachel Krebs

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, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and 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 www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

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