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“Great, fun place. ”

Great Lakes Science Center
Ranked #2 of 25 Fun & Games in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Great Lakes Science Center makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. We're home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, where you’ll find an awesome space experience with galleries, interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts and amazing NASA media. Visit The Cafe, located on the lower level of Great Lakes Science Center. See spectacular views of North Coast Harbor as you enjoy delicious meals and nutritious snacks, including oven-baked homemade pizza, hand-crafted sandwiches, homemade soups and seasonal salads. Burgers, chicken tenders, hot dogs and fries are always available as well! Don’t forget to stop at the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater concession stand located on the main level for fresh popped popcorn, theater candy and assorted beverages.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This was so much nicer than we expected. So much to do. We liked it better than Cosi. Parking was really convenient. Kids had a ball. I liked the open layout instead of a bunch of different rooms, like COSI.
Looking forward to returning when the big ship opens for exhibition.

1  Thank Anna S
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Our kids range from 9 years to 21 months, and they all found a lot to do and see. Even us big kids had fun . Can't wait to go back in the summer

1  Thank Amanda B
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We decided to use our Imagination Station membership to visit a few other Ohio science centers. The Great Lakes Science Center was a fun stop. It did not have as many exhibits as COSI in Columbus, or Imagination Station in Toledo, but there were some fun activities (we especially enjoyed the ones upstairs). We usually can spend all day at a science museum, but you can really see everything here in 2-3 hours. I highly recommend exploring outside the museum as there are many great views and photo opportunities there!

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This place is an entire day event. Get here early to get to everything. The kids were entertained the entire time. I personally geeked out at the NASA Glenn Visitors Area. The movies are wonderful and not too expensive. I would recommend a membership since you can use it at other centers across the country.
We will return. So refreshing to have the kids exposed to science in an entertaining way.

2  Thank Jeremy T
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Firstly this place is so overpriced for what it is! It’s a good museum but there’s not a great deal of exhibits and the boat tour is closed in the winter time so it’s definitely not worth $18! But what’s more, and this is my biggest complaint, it contains no information at all about the Great Lakes; now I would say that’s pretty misleading considering it’s named after them!

They did have a massive NASA Glen Visitor Centre exhibit which documented the history of the famous space achievements and also touched upon living conditions for the astronauts. They also have a Biomed Tech Exhibit which looked into DNA, genetic diseases, technological advances for paralysed patients and diabetes. There was a larger interactive exhibit based on science phenomenons which included some interesting things to do such as walls which steal your shadow, weather experiments and musical instrument experiments. It’s a shame the boat tour wasn’t available as I think that would have been interesting.

It took less than 2 hours to see everything but I stuck around for the Force and Motion demonstration which was by far the highlight. Andy (I think his name was) was proving Newton’s 3 laws of physics. The three main highlights were the fire tornado where he span a funnel round a flame adding more energy to it making it climb higher up the funnel. He used liquid nitrogen to show how pressure greater inside a tin can make the lid pop off and also spin objects around by force. But the showstopper at the end was fantastic where he manged to get 3 eggs on a tray to land in glasses underneath the tray! I wished the Fire & Ice demonstration was straight after but unfortunately it wasn’t for another couple of hours.

1  Thank VikkiBee
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