February 15 - April 19

Escape winter’s chill and discover brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci’s new indoor butterfly house. Discover Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Tiger Swallowtails flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci re-creates their habitat – the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge. Learn about the exciting life cycles of the butterflies, and learn how to create butterfly-friendly environments outside your own home.

Free with admission; miSci members free   

Community Partner 

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Notion of Motion: A Moving Experience from San Francisco's Exploratorium

June 15, 2013 - May 26, 2014

“Motion leads to change and change holds our attention.”

Discover hands-on fun from the Exploratorium in San Francisco! Motion pervades nature. Planets move, the earth moves, people and plants move and grow, so do spinning tops and moving pictures. With more than 30 interactive exhibits dealing with every kind of motion – from those that underlie the solar system (circular motion), to pendulum motions, upward motion and motion illusions – Notion of Motion gets to the heart of motion and why it is important.

Free with admission

Presented through the generosity of

Neil and Jane Golub


Science Zone

Saturdays & Sundays 1 – 2:30PM

Explore a different topic each week in the Science Zone! Try hands-on activities and challenges that make you think. miSci Educators ask questions and help you predict results. Discover engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry, and more! Visit our Calendar of Events for a complete schedule.

Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by


Erie Canal Audio Tour

Now Open

Explore the Erie Canal through 14 mobile audio stops. Discover the history and innovative technology that made the canal possible and how this technology impacted the lives of Schenectady residents. Schenectady's location on both the Erie Canal and major rail lines made it attractive for major businesses, including the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) and General Electric (GE), and helped drive 20th century innovation and industrial development. Learn how the footprint of the canal continues to impact the city to this day. miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) partnered with Union College museum studies students to create the Tour.

The Tour is accessible by mobile phone (518) 387-3028 and QR codes at each stop [Tour Brochure]. Tour content is also available online. The Erie Canal Audio Tour is free but normal rate plan charges from your phone carrier will apply.

Development of the Erie Canal Audio Tour has been funded by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission.

miSci is proud to partner with and expresses sincere appreciation to the businesses hosting Tour Stops.

MRI: Examining the Human Body

New Exhibit: NOW OPEN

Explore the science behind a landmark medical imaging system developed right here in the Capital Region. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has transformed health care and revolutionized the methods doctors use to diagnose patients. Get inside a real MRI machine! See images of insides on the outside! Discover how MRI technology is shaping the future!

Wind & Solar Power Interactives

Explore the importance of renewable energy, and how advances in wind and solar power may hold the key to reducing our dependence on fossil fuel consumption. Explore wind and solar power as you experiment with interactives! Discover what groundbreaking wind and solar power research is being conducted right here in the Capital Region!

Presenting Sponsor
Clean Energy Sponsor
Abundant Energy Sponsors
AWS Truewind, LLC
MSE Power Systems, Inc.
Niskayuna Community Foundation
In-Kind Sponsors
Empire Solar Store
GE Creative Services

ALCO Locomotives: A tribute

Now Open

Explore the contributions of the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Schenectady in this new display. Discover the history of steam and diesel locomotives as well as Schenectady’s continuing contributions to the transportation industry. Presented by Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority.


Now Open!

SuperPower is a new part of the Museum’s Power House exhibit. Explore the history and technology of high temperature superconductors as well as their applications and effect on the energy grid in this interactive display, which celebrates the 10 year anniversary of Schenectady-based SuperPower, a world leader in the development of commercially feasible second-generation high temperature superconductors.


Fueling the Future

Worldwide, the number of automobiles continues to increase. How will we fuel them? Explore opportunities and challenges of different fuels, including gasoline, ethanol, hydrogen, biodiesel, electricity, and yes, even horsepower!

See how different fuels affect the economy and the environment, with interactives, images, video, and artifacts from our collection, including a one-of-a-kind prototype electric car developed by GE in 1978. 
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