Pilot a space shuttle, make a flat bubble, or create lightning in a globe. This museum,located next door to the Schenectady Heritage Area Visitor’s Center, offers many interactive science and industry exhibits as well as an extensive costume collection and weekend sky shows inside a 30-foot planetarium.
The Schenectady Museum and Planetarium - renamed the Museum of Innovation and Science, is not a treat for young children. The planetarium show was campy, the exhibits are mostly words with little opportunity for interaction, and there are a couple of computers set up for young children with no instructions. The one cool thing was an activity where you tried to balance a bunch of nails on another nail, but that only took up about 10 minutes of time. The rest of our visit was mundane, at best.
We often attend their "Little Wonders of Science" programs. They read a book to the children, who each get their own copy, and then do a craft. You can then of course, enjoy the museum following the event. My son is very science driven, so he enjoys seeing the engines, magnets and space things. I am sure we will get into the Planetarium as he grows.
We live close to this museum and find that it's a fun trip for the kids to kill an hour or so, but that's about it. There's history about General Electric, an energy exhibit and a new train exhibit, but I don't know if I'd drive hours to come to the museum, though. There's just not enough to do to make it worth the trip.