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New York Hall of Science Visitors Guide

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New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science

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About the New York Hall of Science:

Housed in a pavilion built for the 1964 World's Fair, NYSCI has been a hands-on science and technology center since 1986. Although some exhibits could use an update, children of all ages will love the numerous hands-on activities that are simultaneously fun and educational. Rocket Park allows visitors to see some of the first rockets and spacecraft that started the space race. The museum also has an area especially for the youngest visitors, Preschool Place, which is perfect for toddlers.

New York Hall of Science Essential Info:

Address: 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368
Phone: 718-699-0005
Nearest Subway: 7 to 111th Street Station
Website: http://www.nysci.org

New York Hall of Science Admission:

  • Adult: $11
  • Seniors: $8
  • Students (with ID): $8
  • Children 2-17: $8
  • Members and Children under 2: free
  • Science Playground, Mini Golf, 3D Theater, and Simulator Ride cost $4-6 extra.
  • Free hours: September through June
    • Fridays, 2 – 5 pm
    • Sundays, 10 – 11 am
    Free hours are suspended in July, August and September 30.

New York Hall of Science Hours:

September 1 – March 31
  • Closed Mondays
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
April - June 30
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
July 1 - August 31
  • Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

What You Should Know about Visiting the New York Hall of Science:

  • From Grand Central, it will take about 45 minutes to reach NYSCI on the 7 train.
  • Be aware that the museum closes at 2 p.m. on most weekdays during the school year. Check the hours to avoid disappointment.
  • Plan to spend about two hours exploring the exhibits that most interest your child at the museum.
  • You can purchase food in the cafe or bring your own. The menu includes plenty of kid-friendly options.
  • The Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Carousel and Lemon Ice King of Corona are both close to NYSCI, and can easily be combined to provide an entire day of entertainment.

More about the New York Hall of Science:

Visiting the New York Hall of Science with your kids will inevitably remind you of the science museums you remember from your childhood. Although this means that some of the exhibits need updating, it also means there are plenty of the classic science museum displays that you can enjoy seeing your children learn about light, math and music in the same way you did.

NYSCI also has plenty of new and temporary exhibits to explore. Recent favorites have included an exhibit on animation that had lots of opportunities for children to try their hand at drawing and animating their own mini-movies.

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