Science museum

Explore an Ohio science museum!

By Nick Decker

Published on: April 8, 2022

Spring break is right around the corner, and like many parents, we’re looking for fun outings for our family. One of our favorite activities is exploring a science museum, and Ohio offers several great institutions with interactive exhibits, educational films, and creative presentations that keep us engaged throughout the day.

COSI in Columbus

COSI in Columbus is a year-round favorite stop for families. Our boys love going there – their regular exhibits give them hands-on experiences in energy, oceanography, engineering, history, space travel, and more. Favorites include the ocean room, the dinosaurs from the American Museum of Natural History exhibit, and capturing all the fun showcases like rat basketball.

Currently, COSI presents Marvel: the universe of superheroes, a traveling exhibit that explores the cultural impact of Marvel comics, movies, and TV shows. As big movie fans, we loved seeing over 300 artifacts, including original comics and artwork, Marvel movie costumes and props, and exhibits showcasing the characters’ universes. wonder is open until May 30, 2022.

dinosaur skeleton inside museum terminal in cincinnati ohio

Cincinnati Museum Terminal

Our boys also love all things Pixar, and the Cincinnati Museum Center is currently showing Pixar Science, an exhibit that explores how animated films are made and the science and technology behind them. With eight interactive pieces, Pixar Science engages visitors with different STEM concepts and the stages of making an animated feature film: modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering. Pixar Science is open until April 24, 2022, with special hours on Friday evenings.

And any visit to the museum terminal should include time at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, history centers, dinosaur exhibits, Omnimax theater, and more.

Industrial Age exhibit at the Works Science Museum in Newark Ohio

The works in Newark

This museum of science, technology and history in downtown Newark always delights. Explore an entire floor of hands-on activities, visit the Art Gallery, catch a show in the Planetarium, tinker in the Discovery Lab, see historic exhibits and artifacts dedicated to Newark’s industrial history, watch artists blow glass in the shop.

Child in astronaut costume standing in front of space capsule at Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland

Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland

The Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland just launched a perfect new exhibit for the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The science of rock’n’roll. The show is included with your general admission and explores the ever-changing technology behind the music industry and the physiological effects of music on your mind and body. Children gain hands-on experience playing instruments to create their own music while learning about the history of the music industry.

There’s always plenty to do at the science center, from interactive exhibits at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center to the William G. Mather steamer docked outside. The Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater also features a collection of stunning films like Everest and Dinosaurs of Antarctica.

girl doing hands on science experiment with slime at imagination station science center in toledo ohio

Imagination Station in Toledo

You could spend an entire weekend exploring Imagination Station in downtown Toledo. It’s packed with interactive exhibits on multiple floors, perfect for kids of all ages. Visit the Ideas Lab to build and race your own cars, create your own cartoon or design an earthquake-proof structure. Learn everything from energy and electrical circuits to farms and flight, magnets, optical illusions, food production, water and much more.

Check out the KeyBank Discovery Theater’s latest shows and new exhibit, Worst case scenario: survival experience.

There are many other science centers and museums in Ohio, from the Lake Erie Science & Nature Center in Bay Village, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, the Akron Fossils & Science Center, and Moreover !

What is your favorite space to play and learn?

For more fun and educational family activities in Ohio, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.