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The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (The Junior Museum)

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Address: 250 Jordan Rd, (in the Rensselaer Tech Park), Troy, NY 12180-8394
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+1 518-235-2120
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10:00 - 05:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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CMOST provides an engaging, child-directed learning environment which...

CMOST provides an engaging, child-directed learning environment which enables children to learn and grow through play. Designed for children ages 18 months through the tween years, the Museum enables children to investigate, observe, analyze, and build in a pressure-free environment by pairing innovative educational tools and techniques with engaging exhibits and facilitated programming to support active learning. CMOST offers a unique suite of STE(a)M learning experiences including school and community programs; mini.make workshops; summer and vacation day camps; camp-ins; and daily Museum Educator facilitated activities that help children make important connections between science, the world and everyday life. Beyond the Museum, CMOST’s Traveling Programs feature hands-on STE(a)M activities, turning classrooms, libraries and community centers into learning labs.

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15 month old loved exploring this hands on museum

My 15 month old loved looking at the animals and exploring the hands on museum. Clearly we kept an eye on her as there are some small items that could be considered choking... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2016
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Clifton Park, New York
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Clifton Park, New York
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

My 15 month old loved looking at the animals and exploring the hands on museum. Clearly we kept an eye on her as there are some small items that could be considered choking hazards, but it was well worth our time and watching her learn. We'll surely be back especially as she continues to grow.

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Troy, New York
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

As museums go, this venue is small, but perfect for small children who enjoy hands on learning and attractions. There's an area with reptiles, a couple birds, a mock TV studio, magnets, kinetic energy display, and they also hold a variety of group classes that you can preregister for. A perfect way to spend a couple hours with curious kids!

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Troy, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

It is a great museum for children with lots of hands on exhibits. The best section shows a lot of local animals and plants that I didn't know were even still around. My daughter and I now like to see if we can find them in our back yard. Great way to stimulate interest in learning!

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1 Thank Brian M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016

I took my daughter to the Museum and it is truly a Hands on Museum. There are so many things to such as their wild center that features many different reptiles, that include snakes, turtles, bearded dragons lizards & more, they have exhibits about technology that allows the kids to learn about electricity, nature, building things, art and so much... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

From shorelines to the forest, this museum is great for kids. Live owls, fish and snakes as well as cockroaches bigger than you have ever seen (behind the glass). Education programs for the kids. Call first for schedules of events. The museum is not very large and if you can get your kids moving, two hours is more than enough.

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Cocoa, Florida
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65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

A small but well done hands on museum for kids. There are different programs throughout the day. The kids can touch everything, educational as well as fun. I would say from 4 yrs. on is a good. It won't take hours and hours, but at least two, depending on the interest level of the child. Very friendly staff. $5 admission... More 

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Troy, New York
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

I have been to the museum many times with my students. It is a free range museum. That is that everyone can roam at their own pace. Along with browsing there is also hands on activities and lectures. The solar planetarium is simply exciting.

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Thank 443ann
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015

Close to my job and my son got a discount ticket. We enjoyed our time here and had a great day. Lots to do and see.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

The live owls, the live lizards, fish, turtles and snakes are a huge hit with the 7 year old crowd. There is lots to do. It's worth getting a membership as it transfers to MiSci and you can visit both museums on one membership. Great for little scientists and nature lovers. They also do sleep overs for girl scouts/boy scouts... More 

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Nassau, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2014

Looking for something really great for children and adults, go to the The Children's Museum of Science and Technology. We took the grand kids on a day when it was free. Everybody had a blast. They had a story time on nano scale how low can you go. The reader was very good and kept going when obviously the topic... More 

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