Ohio Science Museums
Ohio has many museums dedicated to promoting understanding of science and natural history. Other museums celebrate Ohio's rich legacy, from aviation to inventiveness, contributions that have helped shape the modern world.
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Neil Armstrong Museum
The Neil Armstrong Museum commemorates the greatest journey in the history of mankind, Apollo XI - the mission that put men on the moon - and is a tribute to Neil A. Armstrong, Wapakoneta's native son, the first man to walk on the surface of the Moon, whose "one small step for a man" was indeed "a giant leap for mankind."
The museum opened to much fanfare of July 20, 1972, three years to the day after Armstrong's historic walk on the moon. Today, the museum receives over 80,000 visitors every year, and stands as a receptacle of Ohio's aeronautical history, and as a monument to Ohio's contribution to the history of aviation and space exploration.
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is based on the understanding that science is the process through which we come to understand our world, and that play is the way children do science. Thus, we are a place where play and learning come together so that visitors of all ages can explore the wonders of the world. The Museum includes a host of places for adventure - - That Kid's Playce, the Hall of the Universe, the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater, Oscar Boonshoft Science Central, EcoTrek, the Mead TreeHouse, Bieser Discovery Center, Charles E. Exley, Jr. Wild Ohio Zoo, and two galleries for temporary exhibits - - where reality and imagination mix. Adventures are enhanced through real specimens and artifacts from the museum's collection of 1.4 million items.
Cincinnati Museum Center is located in Union Terminal, a renovated train station built in an Art Deco style. It is just minutes from downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Museum Hours are Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. OMNIMAX® presentations are shown daily Monday through Sunday. Union Terminal also hosts the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Railroad Club the Cincinnati Street Railway Association and Amtrak.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History encourages people of all ages to discover and explore the natural world. Curators care for over a million specimens in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, botany, geology, paleontology, zoology and wildlife biology. These are used for scientific research and are the basis for interpretive exhibits and educational programs offered to the public. Since 1920, the Museum has served as an outstanding resource for public education and environmental conservation in northern Ohio and beyond.
Great Lakes Science Center
The Great Lakes Science Center is Cleveland's new interactive science museum, and one of the largest science centers in the United States. It has many things to discover for kids of all ages, and features a new OMNIMAX theater.
Inventure Place is dedicated to the creative process, a a laboratory where you can explore your curiosity and creativity. Inventure Place is host of the Inventor's Hall of Fame, commemorating the great inventors who have contributed to the development of technology.
Lake Erie Nature and Science
The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center was founded in 1947 by Dr. Elberta Fleming. It was incorporated in 1950 as a non-profit organization. The facility was first built in 1960 in Huntington Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. It is an affiliate organization with Cleveland Metroparks, but receive no tax dollars for funding.
The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center fosters a living connection between people, science and wildlife in order to create a better commitment to the welfare of the natural world. Through educational programs, wildlife rehabilitation, non-releasable wild animals, and exhibits, the Center strives to involve individuals of all ages from a diverse cultural and economic community in learning to care for the earth.
McKinley Museum of History,
Science, and Industry
Since 1971, NASA Visitor Centers have provided information to the public on NASA aerospace programs and their benefits to humanity. The NASA Glenn Visitor Center opened its doors to the public in 1976 and hosts 150,000 visitors annually . Admission is free.
The Apollo Command Module used on Skylab 3 is the most popular exhibit. A Moon Rock is also on exhibit. The newest exhibit is a Microgravity Laboratory mockup which features flight hardware from the NASA-Glenn Microgravity Science Division.
The Visitor Center also features a large video screen used for regularly scheduled videos about NASA programs and live broadcasts of space shuttle launches, in-flight activities and landings. Special weekend programming is provided with various themes focusing on various aspects of NASA's missions. Other special events are scheduled to provide our visitors access to interesting lectures and unique programs.
Ohio's Center Of Science & Industry (COSI)