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Colonial Dames board our elevator to tour the 4 floors

The group views our NASA exhibits

Then views our unique BeeHive

Group pose on our oak staircase

Group getting ready to enter building

Our unique exhibits for tours

Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours meeting at and tour of at the Children's Museum, left and above

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe at CM mtg.

Group getting awards in front of our oak staircase

Group tour inside

Dr. Raymond Orbach, Director of Office of Science

NASA officials at another museum meeting

Teachers training session.

Our Gift Shop, above. Senior citizens group, right.

Rotary Group from England tours the Museum

A panoramic view of the exploration marvels on the Children's Museum's first floor
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Information about the Children's Museum Tours & Meeting Availability:

Welcome to the Children's Museum. Our diverse and unique collection of hands-on exhibits & artifacts provide a great resource for group tours. Our museum offers a safe, enjoyable, interactive learning environment with 4 floors of interactive exhibits. Our mission is to continue making the Children's Museum in Central New York one of the best in the country for kids from 1 to 101. Book your tour or visit today!

What better place to bring...

  • your group for a tour?
  • your students on a field trip?
  • your scouts to earn a badge?
  • your daycare children on an outing?
  • your family for a great day out?

TOURS:

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 and on the second floor (with one of the two bathrooms in each a handicapped one).

Group Tours - If you would like to have your group be given a VIP one-half tour of the museum, contact our Executive Director, Marlene Brown. View our pricing structure.

Food, Snacks, Lunches - For safety reasons, food & beverages are not allowed on the floor or in our exhibit areas. Visitors may eat bag lunches, or snacks in our 1st floor Museum Kitchen/Birthday Room (if a group hasn’t pre-booked it) or on benches in Baggs Square Park next door (weather pending), or on benches on covered Train platform next door.

Saturday's we host birthday parties, so 1st Floor Kitch/Birthday room may not always be available. If this is the case, individuals may eat on the bench by our back door, or on the bench out by the train, or on the benches in the park. We can also accomodate groups who pre-book in visits on Saturday's..

REGISTER for programs via phone or email Director Marlene. One of the oldest Children's Museum's in the country, founded in 1963, we're the only Children's Museum in the country to have been adopted by both NASA & Dept. of Energy's Office of Science!

View our pricing structure and directions. * Email us for more info. Check our ongoing events.

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Guidelines for Groups

Welcome to the Children's Museum. Our diverse collection of hands-on exhibits and educational programs is an invaluable resource for groups in the Central New York area and our more than 150,000 visitors a year. Enjoy your visit!

If you group includes childen, our guidelines are 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.

A Before-You-Visit Review Suggestion - The Children's Museum is different from a Park or Zoo. A partial list of rules for appropriate behavior and conduct may emerge from a discussion with groups and children's experience and understanding of all that the Children's Museum has to offer. You can then review our museum rules and guidelines.

Traveling by Bus - Buses should drop off groups or students at our front entrance on Main Street, by the Museum Entrance sign. After disembarking, buses may park further down Main Street or in the Parking Lot across from the Museum. Signs for Children's Museum parking are fully visible.

General - Running is not permitted anywhere in the Children's Museum. 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.

Gift Shop - Our CM Gift Shop is open daily with items priced from 50 cents to $19. and many at only $2. or $3. Among the gifts are NASA related items, our Children's Museum mug and decorative ornament.

For more information email us so we can check to see if the dates you want are avilable.

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Museum Hours:

The Children’s Museum of History, Nat’l History, Science & Technology, located at 311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501 serving Utica, Rome, Mohawk Valley & CNY with 4 floors of Interactive Exhibits for Kids from 1 to 101; housed in an Historic Building!
Check our website or contact us for visit and program rates – there’s 100’s of educationally enjoyable hands-on exhibits around every corner! www.museum4kids.net. Call 315-724-6129 or Email the Director.

The Children's Museum Normal Hours of Operation are Monday's, Thursday's, and Saturday's from 9:15am-12:45pm. During Christmas break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer, we're open extra days. Check our online calendar for specifics.

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Among our four floors of exhibits are:
1st Floor: Toddler Playspace, Exploration Station; shadow & light exhibits, life size Wooden Train, Robot Rm, interactive Saturn car, hyperbolic funnel, funhouse mirrors, restrooms/changing tables, eating area

2nd Floor: LED interactive Play Dance Floor, Iroquois Long House w/Kiosk, interactive History Dioramas, Musical Stage; interactive Dinorama, Fossil center, Clowns/ Dolls, Trading Post, Puppet Theatre

3rd Floor: Living Science Center w/reptiles, critters; Lionel & Thomas Train tables, Lego tables, Christmas Villages, Weather Station, Radio Room, Computer Crnr, Truck Dig, Baseball Display, Int’l Hall of Fame: BRCK

4th Floor: NASA Lunar Lander/Mars Rover/Columbia Shuttle, Space Scale/Flight Timeline, Fire/Police/Train exhibits, Hot Wheels Hall, Interactive Science exhibits, real Airplane to ‘fly’ in! Open: 10:45am to 11:15am, so come early!

Normal Visitor 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 100's of exhibits on all four floors.
Last admission to museum & to 4th floor is 11:00am in order to see all 4 floors * View Online Calendar for days/hrs operation.

NOTE: While we are a not-for-profit, we receive no funding for operations from City, County, State, or Federal govt. Our museum Director & her husband have run the operations for 10 years as unpaid volunteers.

Group Rates (pre-booked) - Visit & Tour of all 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.
Additional chaperones pay the visit rate - combine classes to reach further reduced numbers!)

(Add'l Coupons and free coupons are not valid with group pricing).

Book your program today, email Director Marlene Brown, so we can check to see if dates you want are available.

Group Rates - Visit or Tour plus Educational Program (pre-booked):
Time Frame - We book groups for a 2 hour Visit, which gives your group a 1/2 on each of our four floors to interact with our 100's of exhibits. If you will be bringing a bag lunch, we'll book your group for 2 and 1/2 hours. 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, it will be $1. extra per child per program, and we will book you for 3 hours. If you want both of the programs we will book you for 3 and 1/2 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 9:30am or 9:45am, with departures 12:00pm or 12:30pm - we closed at 12:45pm. (With 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)

(Coupons not valid with group pricing) Daily activities and viewing of all four floors is included in the admission price, visit fee, and program fee. Download group rates form.

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 are going to be staying for lunch, we'll book your group for two and a half hours. Arrival times are usually 9:30am or 10:00am, but can be a bit later if you're traveling in from a distance.

Book your program today by calling 315-724-6129, or Emailing the Director, so we can check to see if the dates you want are avilable. (coupons not valid with group rates)

Holiday Weeks & School Closing Hours:
The museum is open on the following national holidays:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Good Friday, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Winter Break, Spring Break. The museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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

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June 2002: The Children's Museum Board of Directors announced that they had chosen former board president Marlene Brown as the new Executive Director of the Children's Museum. A business futurist, retired school & university teacher, leadership and marketing consultant, Marlene is in charge of running the operations. Under her leadership, we're continuing to increase the number of educational programs & exhibits we're offering at the Children's Museum.

Keep checking the website, pick up flyers in the Museum, and continue to enjoy our fun and educational events in a safe learning environment! View the latest news on our New Stuff Page. And find out more on our About Us page.

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The Children's Museum of History, Living History, Science & Technology
311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501
Tel: 315-724-6129
* Web: www.museum4kids.net

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