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Address: 311 Main St, Utica, NY 13501-1237
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+1 315-724-6129
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10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Children's Museum of History, Natural History & Science dba...

The Children's Museum of History, Natural History & Science dba "Utica Children's Museum" was founded on August 1, 1963 and is housed in a beautiful historic building located in the heart of Utica's downtown Bagg's Square district. The Museum currently offers approximately 60 exhibits and experiences throughout four floors of play space. The Museum was adopted by NASA (National Aeronautic & Space Administration) & DOE OS (US Dept. of Energy's Office of Science).and is in the process of being transformed into a hands-on, interactive destination that will impact more than 100,000 visitors over the next five years.

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So much potential

This museum is fine for the little folks (6 and under) and has enough to stay entertained for a day. It is old, but offers enough variety to keep the little ones satisfied. They... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Utica, New York
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Utica, New York
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is fine for the little folks (6 and under) and has enough to stay entertained for a day. It is old, but offers enough variety to keep the little ones satisfied. They have a very neat music floor that the kids can play games on and a awesome wood train they can crawl through. Also a neat train... More 

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Utica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The Utica Children's Museum is a great place for children to have fun while learning. They have several interactive exhibits. Something for all ages. Located next to Union Station.

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Thank Peter M
Holland Patent, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

The ground floor is a great place for kids to explore through play. the exhibits are interesting, though a little dated. In all, it is a wonderful value and great concept that would flourish with additional funding. Donate if you can while you are there.

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1 Thank MommaB117
New Hartford, New York
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241 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Took 4 year old granddaughter and was saddened by the disrepair. Very expensive entrance fee and once you hit in nothing worked. Most of the exhibits looked like they haven't been update or cleaned in years. Save your money.

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1 Thank Ann K
Utica, New York
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

I had high hopes, but it doesnt look like much has been updated since I went here as a kid. Small kids will make the most of it, but adults will see that a lot of the content is dated, and better options are available.

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3 Thank Mike W
Adirondacks, New York
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276 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

We visited around Easter and the museum was fun for a few a hours. It wasn't too packed and there were tons of activities to stay busy. It's also very close to the train station so it's cool to go watch trains before or after.

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2 Thank KylersKL
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79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

It is closed now, due to a host of headline inducing issues. However, when it was open, we loved to go. The kids really seemed to enjoy it as did we. It wasn't perfect. The manager had an abrasive attitude which was odd given that it was a kid focused facility. This was not directed at me or my children,... More 

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1 Thank bluewater25
EBrandoUCM, Owner at Utica Children's Museum, responded to this review

Greetings! For some reason this review was dated March 2015, but just appeared on TripAdvisor on 2/21/2016. I am pleased to tell you that the Museum re-opened under new leadership in April 2015 and hired me as their new Executive Director in August 2015. We have been slowly and steadily addressing old concerns and I am confident that when you... More 

New Hartford, New York
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241 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

Very run down and not many exhibits for small children. Visited on a busy day and was very disappointed in lack of staff. Will not return or recommend to anyone.

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Thank Ann K
Cherry Valley, New York
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

This Museum has massive potential. I volunteered here for a day (cleaning and decorating) I can't believe how much there is to experience here. Talk about a lucrative STEM experience! Yes, the museum needs a little help to keep it going. Please, find a way to help them. Visit, contribute, volunteer, talk to public officials, etc. Thank you!

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1 Thank jguido2
Holland Patent, New York
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

I didn't get the feeling that I was visited by many schools and it appeared to be outdated. I wasn't sure if it was open to the public yet or they were refurbishing things!

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