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Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland

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#3 of 21 in Childrens Museums in Ohio
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Explore the depths of space and what life is like for astronauts in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center at Great Lakes Science Center. The NASA center is one of only 11 and includes exhibits on the past, present, and future of space exploration. The science center opened in 1996 and features hundreds of hands-on displays teaching about topics like light, optics, sound, magnetism, weather, and more. Catch a science demonstration performed by one of the center's staff, enjoy a larger-than-life lesson in the Omnimax theater, or climb aboard a 1925 restored Great Lakes freighter. See the wind turbine and solar panel arrays that provide power for the museum. Arrange your visit to Great Lakes Science Center and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cleveland using our Cleveland online trip itinerary builder.
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  • We love the GLSC - starting with the Apollo capsule which, alone is worth a visit. But there is so much more to see and do. There are dozens of interactive things to do mini experiments and... 
    We love the GLSC - starting with the Apollo capsule which, alone is worth a visit. But there is so much more to see and do. There are dozens of interactive things to do mini experiments and...  more »
  • A much smaller version of COSI in Columbus. Has typical hands-on exhibits that will entertain children and amuse adults. 
    A much smaller version of COSI in Columbus. Has typical hands-on exhibits that will entertain children and amuse adults.  more »
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  • SO happy to have this as a local resource. My family spends many happy hours here. Also a favorite icky-weather hang-out with our friends thanks to being Family MAX members. The staff are always wonderful & welcoming. Everyone at every level is also very responsive to any disability issues I point out & do their best to remedy the situation promptly. Speaking of accessibility, there are handicap parking spaces in the underground lot but getting around the pillars in a wheelchair is very difficult. As a wheelchair user I always park in one of the 3 marked handicap spaces in the driveway in front of the building instead. When all of those have been taken already, management has granted permission to park in the other marked spaces there that are for other purposes. They are aware of the wheelchair challenges in the underground lot. Underground lot is great for those using canes & walkers though so you don't get rained on & the underground lot is not expensive, take your parking stub in to the membership desk to be validated as a museum visitor for a discount.
  • Great interactive exhibits, delightful docents. My sole negative is related to rowdy guests, not the museum itself. The "Science of Rock and Roll" exhibit was really cool. I enjoyed watching children explore the instruments. A great day visit, and within an easy walk from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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