The New York Hall of Science, also known as NYSCI, is a science museum located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens, in the section of the park that is in Corona. It occupies one of the few remaining structures from the 1964 New York World's Fair, and is New York City's only hands-on science and technology center. The more than 400 hands-on exhibits focus on biology, chemistry, and physics.
The museum was established in 1964 as part of the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and at the time was one of only a few science museums in existence. Unlike many other institutions, which were closed immediately or soon after the Fair, the Hall remained open after the fair, and served as a resource for students. Its exhibits at the time were somewhat limited but included plans for the world's first atomarium open to the public.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Olga Restea | Feb 21, 2018
We really love this place! Me and my kids. It is cool place for children starting 3-5 years old, depends from your child personality. As well it is cool place for grown up. With open eyes I was watching different exhibits. Last time they have new one with microbes, it is so amazing to watch how microbes move, what shape can they be, through the microscope. Girls-workers willingly explain whereever you wanna know.Museum has free days-Fridays after 2pm and Sunday mornings.
David Traver Adolphus | Dec 14, 2017
This might be the most kid and family friendly museum I've ever been to. Almost every exhibit is hands-on, as interactive semicolons and it is not halfhearted stuff , it is really well-thought-out and engaging , often for both kids and parents. We were here for three or four hours, and I know we missed a lot, because as soon as we walked in , the kids were deeply involved in the first thing they saw. it was also not very crowded, on the early morning that we went , and parking before the parking lot open, got us free parking. I would say we had a better experience here than at the last children's museum we went to which was the Museum of science in Boston. staff here was incredibly attentive and pleasant as well.
Garry Yee | Jan 22, 2018
A great place to bring your young children. Lots of interactive displays, makers sections with various rooms, I think there are a few free admission days during the month. We loved the Connected World activity that teaches about the interaction of water and plants and animals. You can keep busy for a few hours if you want. Definitely on the to do list.
T. Dixon | Feb 6, 2018
A fun educational experience - great for kids and families. The biggest downside is that they now charge to use the outdoor jungle gym area, which was free for child use when I was growing up. Fun Fact: the venue uses one of the structural pieces from the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Munira | Mar 1, 2018
My kids love this place. It's the best thing around in winter time. It's indoor and they have plenty of activities for the whole day. The lego fest is something my kids look forward to the most. But they love all the different activities that nysci has to offer. It's an great way to teach kids to love science and how cool it can be.
Leonid Kuritsyn | Mar 31, 2018
It is a great place for kids. I just renewed our family membership today, as the Hall of Science is our choice to hang out with kids, especially when the weather is not so good. It has lots of exhibitions, two outdoor playgrounds, amazing interactive 'Connected worlds' room, various workshops and events. During the last year we were there about 10 times and my 3yo asks me almost every weekend "will we go to our museum today? Please?". The room for improvement for the museum is that some exhibits are broken/don't work properly, but based on my experience it is a "disease" of most childrens museums as, you know, kids destroy everything they can touch. Again, overall experience is very positive, the museum is worth to attend at least a couple of times.
Juan Miguez | Mar 31, 2018
Huge place with some entertainment and museum for kids emphasis on science. So much to learn, but you must go there in the morning because tickets cost a lot of money and the place is big. Don't forget to get some food from home as cafeteria is also expensive.
Monica Jamer | Apr 29, 2018
We brought our kids here and had a very fun day. It was very hands on and our kids loved every section! They were able to be creative and learn. We were not able to enjoy the outdoor part of it because of the bad weather but it looks like fun too! The history of the location is very interesting as well.
Kevin McNeil | Apr 29, 2018
Sprawling hands on center that has a plethora of activities and exhibits geared toward children of all ages. A go to family destination. Membership is a bargain offering up year round entry and free parking. The science playground is always a hit during the warmer months. Only negative aspect is the evident lack of upkeep with many displays and exhibits showing their age.
GRACE LEE | Apr 23, 2018
A really fun yet educational museum with so many interesting hands-on activities and exhibits! I’ve been here so many times and all of my experiences have been good! But I was kind of disappointed on my recent visit here because some of the exhibits weren’t working and broken. There were some little kids hogging up most of the really cool exhibits, so we had to wait a while. The gift shop has many cool things to buy, but it is pretty pricey. Overall, I would recommend people to go to this museum, as long as you don’t mind little kids hogging everything and the really high prices at the gift shop.
Saeed Hossain | Apr 28, 2018
The Hall of Science is always an excellent trip. With two young children there are lots of activities, interactive displays, and other engaging opportunities throughout the museum. As members, parking is included, otherwise parking is $10 for the whole day, or street parking is available but limited. There are outdoor activities as well as indoor activities all of which are very enriching for children and adults.
Paul King | May 14, 2018
Great place to take the kids. You will enjoy it also as a grown up the time spent there is awesome they also have a place inside where you can have something to eat. And plenty of parking outside around the area you have a zoo you have a lot of space.There is a lot to do
A Rodriguez | May 29, 2018
My daughter had a blast. There is so much to do and always something to come back for. The staff was friendly and open, and the other people there so nice. The train or bus leave you working blocks. Can't wait to take the rest of my girls.
Larry Olsen | May 18, 2018
Attended a birthday party here and sorry I haven't been here sooner. This place is great for the kids. So much to do, so much to learn, so much to explore. Huge outdoor playground was amazing as the weather was perfect that day. I can't wait to bring my little girl back to finish exploring all this great place has to offer.
Jennifer M | Jun 2, 2018
This place is great because it has a little bit of everything for people of all ages. Their hands on exhibits are fun and the staff who are running them are great with children. I remember going here as a kid and my children enjoyed it just as much. However, there are a few things to make mention of. There were a number of exhibits that were broken and had not been fixed. I also do not think it was necessary to mix in an exhibit with younger children in mind showing in great detail women giving birth and how children are pushed out. It left me having to explain some things to my 5 year old son who had a lot of questions about what he saw that in my opinion was not age appropriate. Last, they charged full admission for the outdoor park with the water table on an overcast day when it had been raining off and on. Everything was wet and the water area was not open. When it is not open, it looks very unattractive and the stagnant water does not make for a nice experience. Ultimately kids will try to play with it anyway. They should have closed it if you could not have full use of it. Overall it was a nice couple of hours on Mother's Day and I would definitely go back. However, because it tries to cater to all ages I would recommend this place for children ages 5 or 6 and up. There is a preschool play area but it is too small for older siblings who are there with you. The Lemon Ice King of Corona is only a few miles away which is a great place to stop afterwards.
Vonecia Carswell | May 20, 2018
Took my 2nd graders here for a field trip, and I loved it as much as they did. Amazed at all of the hands-on features and games that push their thinking. We also had a chance to attend a special, private hands-on workshop, where they got the chance to build pinball machines. How cool is that!
Family Fun | Jul 23, 2018
Such a fun place. Our group had 2 rambunctious twin boys age 4 and 3 girls ages 8, 9 & 10. We all had a great time. The outdoor play area has so much to do and learn. The indoor was just as entertaining. I would recommend a membership simply because the outdoor play ground can keep your child entertained for days. I also love the fact that they have guides that show you how to so you can play on your own or have a guide play with you. Can't wait to go back.
M Someone | Jun 29, 2018
Perfectly maintained! The entrance will greet you with an amazing innovative scene. Free entry available on Saturday and Sundays within specific time period. Of course restroom available and many other recreational activities. You could spend the whole day here without getting bored. My main suggestion is to include new researches and models by encouraging science forums to co ordinate accordingly. For families seeking a place to visit with their children, this would be the best outing.
Mika Jen | Jul 28, 2018
The New York Hall of Science is a must-see. It is easily accessible by car, with free and paid parking nearby. There is so much to see and do that it will take several visits to do it justice. Kids and adults will have a great time here. Definitely come see it.
Rick Tancreto | Jul 23, 2018
Roughly a third of the exhibits were broken or inoperative. The hands on activities for kids like the animation studio and dowel rod building were good and entertaining. Entrance to the museum was free on Sunday between 10 and 11 a.m. Parking was $10 but the credit card machines were inoperable so cash only. By the time we left around noon the parking lot was still letting cars into the lot but didn't have enough open spaces to accommodate them.
Dana Holmes | Jul 26, 2018
We get a membership every year. Our kids love it. The playground is amazing and the exhibits and workshops are fun but a little worn out and in need of an update. But, like I said, the kids love it and don't care about the shabbiness of some parts. It's a perfect easy escape from home any time of year and in any weather.
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