Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester

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The Strasenburgh Planetarium is a public planetarium located at 663 East Avenue in the city of Rochester, New York. It is named after its benefactors, Edwin and Clara Strasenburgh. It is a department of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The Planetarium was dedicated on September 14, 1968. The 65-foot-diameter Star Theater originally seated 240 people. The original seats were replaced in 1985; as currently configured, the theater seats 225. The Star Theater houses the first Zeiss Mark VI planetarium projector; it is still in daily operation. The planetarium received world-wide attention by being the first to be computer automated. It was known for both its technical and programming innovations.
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  • Wonderful place to spend a rainy day. We attended the planetarium show that provided an overview of the major constellations and planets. The presenter was knowledgeable and provided scientific... 
    Wonderful place to spend a rainy day. We attended the planetarium show that provided an overview of the major constellations and planets. The presenter was knowledgeable and provided scientific...  more »
  • Attended the laser show featuring Beatles music in April. Worth the $10 admission ($9 seniors) for the 45-minute show. Comfortable reclining shows. Displays in the lobby to enjoy while waiting for... 
    Attended the laser show featuring Beatles music in April. Worth the $10 admission ($9 seniors) for the 45-minute show. Comfortable reclining shows. Displays in the lobby to enjoy while waiting for...  more »
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  • Small but very nice museum! I loved the history portion the most, so many interesting things put into perspective. Would def love to come back on our next visit for that under water exhibit thats under construction!
  • I bet this could have been a five-star experience if I had watched something else than what we had elected to watch. Can't Blame the planetarium but I guess I'll have to take away one star for the computer animated dinosaur movie we saw. The girl in the movie was super annoying and disrespectful towards her father . I believe her name was Lucy . Also I would probably not take away a star if it weren't for the fact that we had a fly buzzing around on the camera lens which created a gigantic 6 to 10 ft annoying fly shadow on the ceiling projection. Besides that I think this place would be amazing for a space type movie which is how it was originally designed. I'm definitely going to go back and try that and I'll adjust Stars accordingly. Just hoping for no flies and no computer animated dinosaurs

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