Are you looking for a way to treat yourself – and to learn something new?
A visit to Syracuse’s Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology will accomplish both.
Then called the Discovery Center of Science, the MOST opened to the public on Nov. 15, 1981 (the museum celebrated its 40th anniversary in November).
“It actually opened as just a small little storefront museum on Clinton Street not too far from where we are now, and it came about because parents and families and community leaders were really looking for something like a science museum,” said Lauren Kochian, president of the MOST. “It started as these small little tabletop science experiments, then grew exponentially, and they outgrew the physical space. That is how we landed in the Armory building back in the 90s.”
Today, the MOST is home to 35,000 square feet of science and technology exhibits, including Lockheed Martin Flight & Space, the Rothschild Apothecary Shop, the Dino Zone, and my personal favorite, the Earth Science Discovery Cave – “There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world because we actually designed it,” said Kochian. The museum’s IMAX theater is currently closed, but will reopen in April as a digital theatre and a planetarium.
This was our first visit to the MOST. Tickets cost $12 for adults, but you are able to come and go throughout the day with your receipt. As we made our way around the museum, we discovered facts about everything from energy to the human body to the geology of New York state. I definitely learned a lot.
“Plan on spending a good amount of time,” said Kochian. “It’s a pretty big place…We’re right in Armory Square, so you can really have fun. You can go out to lunch and make it a day of it.”
If You Go
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST)
Where: 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse.
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $12/adults; $10/children ages 2-11; $10/seniors (65+); free/under 2.
More information: (315) 425-9068. most.org.