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Sciencenter, Ithaca

#4 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Finger Lakes
Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Sciencenter is a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, New York. It was founded on February 28, 1983 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization. The Sciencenter grew out of the volunteer-run hands-on science program run for 15 years at several elementary schools in the Ithaca City School District. The community-based tradition continued as the museum grew to be nationally known, despite not having a paid staff until the 1990s. The Sciencenter is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Association of Children's Museums (ACM).

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  • A wonderful place for toddlers to pre-teens where they can see and experience science in action by way of different exhibits they can interact with. Very family friendly and interactive. both...  more »
  • We must have visited the Ithaca Science Center a dozen times with our kids. Great for kids from very young to middle teens. The center grew from grass roots store front efforts to one of the best...  more »
  • The Sciencenter is fun, interactive, and has a variety of exhibits. I was very impressed because they have an axolotl salamander aka Mexican Walking Fish. My kids enjoyed the 2 hours we spent there especially the playground. This would be better with some exhibit upgrades and a snack bar.
  • By far the best science center I have ever been to. Took my 3 and 4 year olds and we stayed for 6.5 hours. They don't have food so make sure you pack a lunch. It's not a perfect 5 stars because they need a really good deep cleaning. They spot clean every night but there is dust in the areas that are not touched. So if you are sensitive to dust, this isn't the place for you. They just opened a new pet vet exhibit that could use some work. The batteries were dead in the scale so except for washing your pet and listening to it it's heart, there was nothing you could do in that area. Some bandages, play syringes, etc would make that area so much more fun for the kids. However, I am nitpicking. 100% worth the visit!!! Great place.

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