Trains Galore! 1/3 of our 4th floor
View Wind Turbine live.

LED Play Dance Floor - a fun
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Pilot a real airplane!

Children's Museum Summer Activities - Enjoy Family Fun Events: Download Summer Flyer (coming soon!) * Group info on Program page

Children's Museum Family/Tourist Activities: 4 floors of interactive fun! 1st fl w/Large Wooden Train for youngsters of all ages, PlaySpace for Toddlers 2 yrs of age & under, Exploration Space w/several stores including our Healthy Kids Hut, Microbiology, Hyperbolic Funnel, NetSafety; Saturn Car, bathrooms/ changing tables, Kitchen eating area, Gift Shop, Planetarium exh. 2nd floor w/our popular LED interactive Play Dance Floor, Iroquois Longhouse w/interactive kiosks, multi-media History Diorama and Erie Canal artifacts and exhibits; large interactive dollhouse & Puppet Theatre, Trading Post, Dinosaur Activity center, multi-media Dinorama & Fossil Dig. 3rd floor with our Legos; touch screen history games, Living Science Center w/Beehives, Turtle, Gerbil, Hamster, Hank the Snake! Also: Radio History Room & Live Weather Station, History Wall of area’s settlers, Ceramic Village w/musical holiday light show, handicapped bathrooms/ changing table.4th fl w/NASA exhibits: Mars Rover, Lunar Lander, Space Scale, Space Shuttle, Theatre, Exploration / History /, Science exhibits, Police & Fireman uniforms, Real Airplane to ‘pilot’, Trains for visitors to run via pedals + large overhead trains & artifacts – exhibits open 10:45am-11:15am. Pre-register groups for reduced admission.

The Children's Museum is adding to its HO train exhibit a  donated Lionel train exhibit! Come enjoy and interact with them!
Operate numerous trains
The Children's Museum is the only one adopted by both NASA and the Office of Science, and we're the host of the NASSA kids team whose award winning NASA & Science exhibits are on our 4th floor!
View our NASA exhibits


Enjoy our LED Play Dance floor!

interactive Erie Canal exhibit!

Understand our History/Prepare for our Future
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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SUMMER OPEN 5 DAYS FROM: 9:15a–12:45p; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (closed Sun's & Mon's)
SUMMER MUSEUM PRICES: $6.00 children 3-17; $7.00 Grandparents & Military; $8.00 Adults; Children two & under plus Members are Free,
or you can pick up one of those special coupons at the front desk! Or Camps / Day Care Centers, etc. take advantage of our Group Rates.
One teacher or adult chaperone is required for every six students, and will be admitted at no cost. More info Program page.

Group Rates (pre-booked):
Group Rates - Visit & Tour of 4 floors with a Floor Guide (pre-booked):

$3.00 per person in groups of 100 or more (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$3.50 per person in groups of 75-99 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$4.00 per person in groups of 50-74 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$4.50 per person in groups of 25-49 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$5.00 per person in groups of 15-24 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$5.50 per person in groups of 10-14 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
One teacher or adult chaperone is required for every six students, and will be admitted at no cost. More info Program page.

(One teacher or adult chaperone is required for every six students, and will be admitted at no cost.
Additional chaperones pay the visit rate - combine classes to reach further reduced numbers!)

Group Rates - Visit or Tour plus Educational Program (pre-booked):
If you want a longer day field trip, consider the following: 1.) a plane ride for each student in your group, or 2.) a program in our Living Science Room about our critters, or 3.) a Space Science movie in our theatre and we will book you for 2 1/2 hours (3 hours if you're also bringing your bag lunch). We'll arrange the schedule for you, and get it to you ahead of time, so you can go over it with your chaperones. Arrival times are usually 9:30am or 9:45am, with departures 12:00pm or 12:30pm (when we close). Permanently Chartered by the NYS Board of Regents, the Children’s Museum Curriculum Enrichment Exhibits meet Scout badge requirements and NYS Learning Standards in the Arts, SS, & MST. We have 60 pavilions with 100's of exhibits on our four floors of exhibits, most interactive.View photos of happy learning faces below. Book your program today by emailing us, so we can check to see if the dates you want are avilable.

4th FLOOR w/AIRPLANE RIDES / NASA EXHIBITS / INTERACTIVE TRAINS: Open 10:45a – 11:15a as it has 1,000’s of $’s of exhibits on it & must be manned by at least two staff (we get no operating funds, and we have a small, mostly volunteer staff) * No admission to the 4th floor after 11:00am

Other 3 floor Areas to Explore for Museum Visitors untill 4th fl opens contain the following and more!:

1st fl w/Large Wooden Train for youngsters of all ages, PlaySpace for Toddlers 3 yrs of age & under, Exploration Space w/several stores including our Healthy Kids Hut, Microbiology, Hyperbolic Funnel, NetSafety; Saturn Car, bathrooms/changing tables, Kitchen eating area, Gift Shop, Planetarium exh.

2nd floor with our popular LED interactive Play Dance Floor, Iroquois Longhouse w/interactive kiosks, multi-media History Diorama and Erie Canal artifacts and exhibits; large interactive dollhouse & Puppet Theatre, Trading Post, Dinosaur Activity center, multi-media Dinorama & Fossil Dig.

3rd floor with our Legos/Transformers; touch screen history games, Living Science Center w/Beehive, Turtle, Gerbil, Hamster, Hank the Snake! Also: Radio History Room & Live Weather Station, History Wall of area’s settlers, Ceramic Village w/musical light show, handicapped bathrooms/changing table.

4th fl w/NASA exhibits: Mars Rover, Lunar Lander, Space Scale, Space Shuttle, Theatre open 10:30, Exploration History, Science exhibits, Police & Fireman uniform, Real Airplane to ‘pilot’, Trains for visitors to run via pedals + large overhead trains & train artifacts – exhibits open 10:45am-11:15am.

NEW SCIENCE ROOM: coming soon: STEM activities are a great way to keep young minds engaged over summer break. Spark an interest through hands-on exploration! Our Museum strives to create fun interactive programs that ignite curiosity, wonder, joy of discovery, learning opportunities through natural curiosity.

Group reduction numbers (1 chaperone free for every 6 paid. Register w/Museum Dir. Brown for these special school, scout, etc. group prices:
$5.00 per person in groups of 10-14’ $4.75 per person in groups of 15-24 ; $4.50 per person in groups of 25-49 ; $4.25 per person in groups of 50-74 ; $4.00 per person in groups of 75-99; $3.50 per person in groups of over 100. General Guidelines For safety, we recommend closed shoes or sneakers – not sandals or open-toed shoes & no low cut blouses or short shorts or sneakers with rollerblades allowed) NOTE:Children must be chaperoned at all times, on all floors, for their safety & he safety of our exhibits.

Last museum admission 11:30am, last 4th fl admission 11:00am. 4th fl exhibit viewing 10:45a-11:15am- as it must be monitored closely due to valuable exhibits & small staff.

Guidelines for School & Day-Care Groups & Scouts & Rec Centers

Welcome to the Children's Museum. Our diverse collection of hands-on exhibits and educational programs is an invaluable resource for school groups in the Central New York area and more than 150,000 visitors a year. Enjoy your visit! To ensure the health and safety of your students and all of our visitors, we ask that you review the following guidelines with students prior to your visit to CM. Supervision of students in the Museum is imperative; unsupervised students or children should not wander around the Museum.

Our guidelines are we require one (1) responsible adult chaperone for every six (6) students to make the most of your educational experience. This adult/student ratio is particularly important on the upper floors. We require one (1) responsible adult chaperone for every four (4) visiting children. General - Running is not permitted anywhere in the Children's Museum, nor is swinging on the curtains on our stage area. Portable radios, cassette, or disc players that are audible to other visitors in the Museum are not permitted. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times while in the Museum. For everyone's safety, do not pet or taunt animals in our Living Science Area. Thank you for reviewing these CM rules with students and chaperones. By observing these guidelines and supervising students, you are also helping to ensure the health and well-being of our ever-growing children's museum for present and future generations.

Time Frame - We book groups for a two hour Visit, which gives your group a half hour on each of our four floors. If you will be bringing a bag lunch, we'll book your group for two and a half to three hours. We'll arrange the schedule for you, and get it to you ahead of time, so you can go over it with your chaperones.

Arrival times - are usually between 9:30am & 9:45am, with departures by 12:30pm (we close at 12:30pm) (With booked Visits, you get a reduced group rate, and we provide pre & post activities and a guide / map of The Children’s Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology) Permanently Chartered by the NYS Board of Regents, the Children’s Museum Curriculum Enrichment Exhibits meet Scout badge requirements and NYS Learning Standards in the Arts, SS, & MST. We have 60 pavilions with 100's of exhibits on our four floors of exhibits, most interactive,

A Before-You-Visit Review Suggestion - Before you review this list of guidelines with your school group, ask your students to first list ways that the Children's Museum is different from a Park or Zoo. A partial list of rules for appropriate behavior and conduct may emerge from this discussion based on a student's experience and understanding of all that the Children's Museum has to offer. You can then review any remaining rules and guidelines on this sheet that have not been raised by your students.

Traveling by Bus - Buses should drop off students at our front entrance on Main Street, by the Museum Entrance sign. After students disembark, buses may park further down Main Street or under the bridge. Signs for Children's Museum parking are fully visible. The bus driver should be prepared to pull back up in front of the museum 5 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Accessibility for Physically Challenged: We have a ramp right next to the Main entrance for wheelchairs and others who may have trouble navigating the few steps to the Museum's entrance. While we encourage groups to use our beautiful oak stairway to visit the upper floors, we do have an elevator that goes to all floors. Restrooms are available on the first floor. Download ~ Rules/Guidelines Flyer

~ View our monthly program/event flyer ~ View our directions ~ Contact us or Email us

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Food & Beverages & Eating Space:

Food, Snacks, Lunches - a place to eat. For safety reasons, food & beverages are not allowed anywhere on the floors or in our exhibit areas. Visitors may bring bag lunches or snack to eat in our 1st floor Kitchen/Birthday room - which holds up to 40 people at a time, or on our 1st floor bench by our museum back door, or on the picnic table on our covered train platform outside our door, or (weather permitting) in the historic park outside. We have snack bags (chips etc.), soda, juice, and water available for purchase. You may also get your hand stamped and drive to a local restaurant (there are several within a mile) and return after lunch.

General - Running is not permitted anywhere in the Children's Museum, nor is swinging on the curtains on our stage area. Portable radios, cassette, or disc players that are audible to other visitors in the Museum are not permitted. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times while in the Museum, except for the under 5 children while they are in PlaySpace. For everyone's safety, do not pet or taunt animals in our Living Science Area.

Museum Gift Shop

Gift Shop - Our CM Gift Shop is open daily with items priced from $1. to $20. and many at only $2. or $3. Among the gifts are space science related items, our Children's Museum mug and ornament, along with a neat variety of items.

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Museum Hours:
Check our Online Calendar for special event & holiday schedule, renovation closings, etc.

Admission (at the door):
$6.00 children 3 to 17; $7.00 Seniors & Vets & College Students;
$8.00 Adults
Members and children 2 years of age and younger are Free
Admission enables you to view and intereact with all exhibits on all four floors.
Last admission one hour before closing.
NOTE: While we are a not-for-profit, we receive no funding for operations from the City, County, State, or Federal government.

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Bd Mbr Brad assists children 'taking a ride' in our real airplane

I weigh how much on which planet?? (amongst our NASA exhibits)

Our interactive train exhibits just keep growing!

Our ever popular 2nd floor LED Play Dance floor!

May, 2011 - school field trips enjoying a visit to the museum!

Students interacting w/Office of Science exhibits

Students enjoying NASA & Mars Rover exhibits

Checking out 3rd floor Animal Room

Iroquois Longhouse's Puzzle fun, 2nd fl

Kids of all ages enjoying interactive exhibits

Checking out the Saturn car on 1st floor

Enjoying the 1st floor grocery store

Enjoying our musical instruments

Enjoying our Bugs & Insects


Playing Post Office in Exploration Center

Families & kids enjoy the three floors of interactive exhibits + the train tours

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A panoramic view of the exploration marvels in the Children's Museum
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