Adventure is closer than you think!

Travel around the world or explore the solar system from a seat in the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST)’s National Grid ExploraDome.

The museum has been teaching children – and adults – about science and technology for the past four decades (it opened on Nov. 15, 1981, and moved to the Syracuse Armory building in the early 1990s after outgrowing its original space). For more than half of that time, the MOST has offered educational programming in its domed theatre, covering everything from space travel to dinosaurs to backyard science. Beginning in 2020, the theatre, formerly equipped with analog IMAX technology, underwent a renovation, reopening in April of 2022 as the National Grid ExploraDome.

“Our theatre is the only one in the entire northeast using this sophisticated laser projection system,” said MOST President Lauren Kochian. “The level of detail projected onto the screen allows for an incredibly immersive experience. The sophisticated sound system brings to life the action and wonder that each viewer sees. There is no other visual experience like it in Central New York!”

The theatre has five daily screenings (you can see the current schedule in the box on the right), with new movies releasing each quarter. Or you can attend a special event, like NightLab, an adults-only happy hour and classic movie screening.

“If you’ve never been in a domed theatre like this, you’re in for a treat!” said Kochian. “People of all ages love the experience of feeling like you’re right there in the action with the subjects of the film, whether that’s following a baby whale and her mom in Ocean Odyssey, migrating with a herd of wildebeest on the African savannah with Serengeti, or blasting off to Mars in our planetarium show. And if you are worried about motion sickness, sit in the very top rows to get a more toned-down experience.”

The MOST’s National Grid ExploraDome, Syracuse, NY.

Daily Shows at the National Grid ExploraDome (through June 30)
10:30 a.m.
Mars: The Ultimate Voyage (planetarium show)
11:30 a.m. Ocean Odyssey
12:30 p.m.Mars: The Ultimate Voyage (planetarium show)
1:30 p.m.Ocean Odyssey
2:30 p.m.Serengeti
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Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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