April 13, 2017

Rochester Museum & Science Center Monthly Calendar: May 2017

Museum & Science Center


Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm

Sunday: 11am–5pm

Memorial Day: Monday, May 29: 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


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


RMSC Catalyst Circle Presents a Night at the Museum

Wednesday, May 10: 5:30-8:30pm (NOTE: This is a new date – moved from April 26)

Enjoy snacks and a cash bar while exploring the Museum after hours. Among other activities, experience a “renegade tour” – a small-group, interactive tour led by RMSC staff to uncover the secrets behind exhibits and lesser-known stories of our area and around the world. Space limited for tours, which will take place at 6pm - sign up at event. A 21+ event. Must have proof of ID at the door. Event benefits the RMSC. Tickets: $14


Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge Lectures

Providing insight and understanding about current research in a broad array of topics for a general audience for 30+ years.

Thursday, May 11: 7:30pm

Susan D. Spencer, Ph.D, ROCSPOT President and CEO

Topic: 540 Megawatts by 2025: A Solar Revolution for Our Region

Tickets available at www.rmsc.org.


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

Wildlife Defenders Shows

Saturdays at 12:30pm and 2:30pm

Meet live native and exotic animals, birds and reptiles. Look for different animals each week. The Wildlife Defenders animal education team is part of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the traumatic effects of brain injury and to supporting the individuals and families affected by it.


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

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.

Wall of China (HD ride)

Experience the Great Wall of China in a runaway rickshaw.

Daily in May


Geranium / Beautiful Blooms Sale

By the RMSC Women’s Council

Now taking orders. Orders must be received by Friday, May 12. Pickup Dates: Friday, May 19, 1–6pm and Saturday, May 20, 9am–1pm. Pickup Location: RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium, 657 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607

Visit www.rmsc.org for costs and other details.


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. Summer Curiosity Camps: June 26–Aug. 25. Register today at www.rmsc.org or call 585.697.1942.


RMSC Member-Only Mother’s Day Tea

Saturday, May 6: 2-4pm

Register today by calling 585.697.1942 or purchase tickets online at RMSC.org and click on “Join & Support.” This is a member-only event, although members are welcome to sign up their non-member friends.



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.

Strasenburgh Planetarium

657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Weekends & Evenings: 585.697.1945 | Weekdays: 585.697.1942

Shows subject to change


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.


Aboard the Space Station

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 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.

May Shows

Led Zeppelin Laser Saturdays at 8:15pm | U2 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).

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


Senior Sojourn

Thursday, May 11: 9:30-10:30am (easy pace)

Shariee Edersheim, “Mrs. E,” a senior naturalist at Cumming Nature Center, takes visitors on an informative and easy hour-long walk to marvel at the beauty of spring.

Heritage Maker Workshops

Saturday, May 13: 8am, 10am, 12:30pm - Blacksmithing

Saturday, May 13: 9am-4pm - Field Sketching

Build community and beautiful things. Explore new skills from blacksmithing to nature journaling in this new series of workshops at the Cumming Nature Center. Visit www.rmsc.org for costs and other details.

Signs of Spring Hike

Saturday, May 13: 10–11:30am

Look for morning cloak butterflies, listen for the Red-winged black bird, smell the skunk cabbage flower and uncover other signs of spring with family.


Family Fun: Signs of Spring

Saturday, May 13: 10-11:30am

Hike begins promptly. Hike the trail looking for morning cloak butterflies, listen for the Red-winged black bird, smell the skunk cabbage flower and notice other signs of spring. Dress for the weather and plan on getting dirty.

New! Forest School for Ages 12–15 Pilot Program

Wednesdays, May 17–June 14: 5 Sessions

In this five-week pilot program students continue fostering a deep, personal relationship with nature as they grow into their role as citizen scientists. Previous attendance of CNC Forest School is not required, and all outdoor experience levels are welcome. Visit www.rmsc.org for costs and other details.


Identification Series

Saturday, May 20: 10–11:30am: Woodland Wildflowers

Uncover the wonders of the outdoors guided by senior naturalist, Shariee Edersheim.


Serendipity Walk 

Saturday, May 27: 10-11:30am (moderate pace)

Enjoy a guided walk with Edersheim and have an adventure exploring areas of the property not usually accessible to the public. Walk attendees experience different types of terrain, including wet areas, so visitors are encouraged to wear proper footwear.

Beauty in What We See exhibit Closes May 14

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

Canada Geese: A Closer Look exhibit Closes May 14

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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