Trains & Toys Holiday Show

November 28, 2014 - January 19, 2015

The Model Trains are back at miSci this holiday season! Explore the intricate 19- x 27-foot display of running O Gauge (Lionel) model trains. Stay and play! The Play Space is full of science toys you don’t have at home.Special thanks to Upstate Train Associates. Don’t miss this holiday favorite! 9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday; 12 - 5pm Sunday (closing 2pm 12/24; closed 12/25, 1/1).

Sponsored in part by  


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Revealing Light-scapes: an immersive installation of light and sound

October 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Installation by Yael Erel; Soundscape by Torben Pastore

Challenge the limits of human perception.
See micro-scale events appear otherworldly and alive when they are transcribed through the simple act of reflection. 
This interactive, experiential installation uses a light source, a reflecting surface, and a screen to magnify miniscule conditions overlooked by the naked eye.

Yael Erel is a licensed architect, light artist, and co-founder of lightexture, where she designs light fixtures and installations. She graduated with honors from The Cooper Union and RPI. Erel has been teaching architecture since 2004; she taught at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union, and currently is teaching at the RPI School of Architecture.

Torben Pastore is a musician, composer, and psychoacoustician. He holds a Master's degree in architectural acoustics and is currently a PhD student in psychoacoustics at RPI. He is also studying composition with Pauline Oliveros. He recorded and performed as part of the psychedelic musical group Lilys for approximately 15 years.

Artist Talk & Reception: Saturday, December 6 | 3pm

Play Space

Now Open!

Discover hands-on fun science toys you don't have at home! We've moved the water table inside for the winter.  Explore how moving gates from one position to another position affects the flow of a waterway in this instant action-reaction experience. NEW Kids' Supermarket opening this holiday season: Discover weight, measurement, sorting, and fun as you explore this kid-sized market!

Making Sense of Sound

June 14, 2014 - June 7, 2015

Discover sound with hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Play and experiment, make some noise, and listen. Explore hearing, human speech and communication. Experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the ways we perceive it, and how we listen. 

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


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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