Schenectady’s MiSci to reopen in June; new exhibits, on-site classes announced

MiSci in August

MiSci in August

SCHENECTADY – The Museum of Innovation and Science is slated to reopen to the public on June 5, with new exhibits and on-site summer classes to follow.


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“We are delighted to welcome visitors back [to] the Museum,” said miSci President Gina C. Gould, in a statement. “We have been planning the reopening for months and are excited about presenting several new exhibits and a full lineup of on-site summer classes.”

The museum, which has been closed due to the pandemic, will reopen with three previously unseen exhibits.

Through interactive challenges and immersive environments, “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear” will delve into an emotion that can save lives. Developed by the California Science Center, the exhibit uses current research on neurobiology, physiology and psychology to examine the impacts of fear. It will run through Sept. 6.

MiSci will also focus on local history with “Schenectady Inventors that Changed the World.” From the first home appliances and televisions to the power generation, Schenectady inventions have had a major impact on the world. The exhibit will include Electric City artifacts like the world’s first synthetic diamond; a prototype mechanical television from 1928; and a 1907 Electric Breakfast Set, featuring some of the first electric appliances ever produced. It will be on view through Jan. 22, 2022.

MiSci will also look back at the New York World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964. Through photographs and films “New York’s World’s Fairs” will dig into the groundbreaking inventions featured at the events. The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 31.

Beyond those exhibits, “Engineering the Perfect Shot! The Interactive Mini Golf Exhibit” will also be up through Oct. 24.

Museum hours will be as follows: from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday; 12-5 p.m. on Sunday; and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for groups.

Summer classes

From July 5 through Aug. 27, miSci will hold on-site classes for children in grades kindergarten through fifth. The classes are slated to include a mix of STEAM-related topics including the science of video games, nanotechnology, chemistry, astronomy and dinosaurs. Classes will take tours through the museum, participate in outdoor games, go to planetarium shows and see science demonstrations.

Students may register for full weeks of classes, single full-day classes, single morning classes, or single afternoon classes. Full weeks of classes take place Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for $275. Single full-day classes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. are $55. Single morning classes from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and single afternoon classes from 1-4 p.m. are $35. Extended care is available weekly, before class from 8:30-9 a.m. and after class from 4-5:15 p.m., for $50 per week.

Registration is required, either online or by contacting Cindy DeMarco, miSci’s reservationist, at [email protected] phone at (518) 382-7890, ext. 228. For more information visit


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Here’s a look at the class schedule:

Week one: July 5–9
Dino Discovery
Students will touch ancient fossils, try out real techniques used by paleontologists searching for bones and discover how much can be learned from million-year-old teeth. They’ll also learn what makes a meteorite different from an average rock found on the ground and get to see some real meteorites that fell from space.

Week two: July 12–16 
Space Academy: Our Blue Marble 
In this week, students can learn about the ground we stand on, how it moves and how it is studied. Students will create their own clouds, harness the wind around us, and experiment with real solar panels.

Week three: July 19–23
Potion Commotion
Through chemistry-themed experiments, students can learn about acids and bases by observing their color-shifting effects, create self-inflating balloons, build classic chemical volcanoes, and experiment with the stretch and squish of polymers. Young chemical engineers will also experiment with different mixtures, take data, and create the most impressive bubble-making solutions.

Week four: July 26–30
Space Academy: Destination Mars
Through hands-on experiments, students will practice engineering design by planning a rocket launch and building paper rockets, observe some of the effects of space travel on the human body, learn how to give instructions to robotic probes millions of miles away and build a model Mars research station using an augmented reality program.

Week five: Aug 2–6
Arcade Science
Video games are full of science, both during development and within the gameplay itself. Students in this class will design and test their first games, learn how computers interpret human instructions, experiment with how random chance is used to make games exciting, and find out what principles make our favorite video games tick, using everything from physics to computer programming.

Week six: Aug. 9–13
Space Academy: Lunar Blast Off!
Students will learn all about planet Earth’s closest neighbor and constant companion by building water and air-powered rockets, experimenting with a gravity well that shows off how objects in space orbit and move, and completing hands-on experiments just like those conducted by actual lunar scientists. Young astronomers will also learn how and why the moon goes through its phases, and how the motion of the moon affects life here on Earth.

Week seven: Aug. 16–20
Nanotechnology: It’s a Small World!
Student nanotechnologists in this class will see precious gold reduced to infinitesimally small particles, build bracelets that react to sunlight, work together to demonstrate how crystals form and experiment with how liquid moves through invisibly tiny channels in plants and paper.

Week eight: Aug. 23–27
Space Academy: Stellar Explorers
Students can learn about constellations and how they were used to both navigate and tell time throughout the world. Students will build their own star charts that they can use to find what stars are in the sky at any time of year. Throughout the week, students will also learn about the different objects that appear in the night sky, create models showing how these objects form in deep space and build some of the same astronomical tools that allowed people to travel across the oceans hundreds of years ago.


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One Comment

I like MiSci very much, been there several times. That said, on 12/10/2015 the Daily Gazette announced grants awarded for various seemingly worthy projects, including this:

“In partnership with Proctors and the Galesi Group, the Museum of Innovation and Science received $100,000 for a New York Arboretum at the Mohawk Harbor site off Erie Boulevard in Schenectady. ”

So in the interest of accountability, where’s that money and where’s that “Museum of Trees”? I sure remember well Galesi offering warm fuzzies to promote their financial interest in this site, including a “Museum of Trees” which would “draw thousands of school children a year”…to our casino…for the tree museum.

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