Great Lakes Science Center

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Planning a Cleveland family vacation? It can sometimes be difficult to find kid-friendly attractions that are also good for the rest of the family. Might I recommend a trip to the Great Lakes Science Center? This interactive museum and learning facility is the Cleveland attraction for families, full of hands-on learning experiences that appeal to both the young and old. It’s one of the best things to do in Cleveland, and it’s a great way to have fun in Cleveland!


Great Lakes Science Center

Engage your minds while having fun at The Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH! This interactive museum is a great place to take your kids in Cleveland if you’re looking for a fun and educational trip.

Learn about space at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center (check out the moon rock!). Discover what science has to offer for the health field in the BioMedTech Gallery. Explore science at the Science Phenomena exhibit. All these exhibits (and more!) let guests explore science while getting a fun hands-on learning experience.

There are three museums you can visit at the Center. First is the Science Center itself which are the general exhibits. Second is the William Mather museum. Third is the OMNIMAX Theater. It costs extra to visit the William Mather Museum and the Theater, but there is plenty to do at the Science Center itself. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth if you just want to do visit the general exhibits!

NASA Glenn Visitor Center

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut? Find out at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center at the Great Lakes Science Center! This exhibit gives visitors an out-of-this-world experience!


Take a peek inside the Apollo Command Module. See artifacts from Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission. Learn how astronauts live on the International Space Station. Interact with several of the exhibits in the “Discover Gallery” (launch mini rockets!). These are just a few of the things you will encounter at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

The actual 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module!
The actual 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module!
Left: a real moon rock. Right: the "mars rover"
Left: a real moon rock. Right: the “mars rover”

The NASA Glenn Visitor Center offers activities great for all ages:

  • Hands-on activities.
  • Interactive exhibits.
  • Cool artifacts and information.

Kids, tweens, teens, and adults will love playing with the hands-on activities! My family and I tried all of these cool things, and we had such a fun time! My brother and I were especially interested in the mini rocket launchers.

Top: My brother and I playing with a wind tunnel. Bottom left: Kyle working with some gloves. Bottom right: mini rocket launchers
Top: Playing with a wind tunnel. Bottom left: Kyle working with some gloves. Bottom right: mini rocket launchers

BioMedTech Gallery

Curious about what science has to offer to health fields?

Head on over to the biomedical technology and engineering (BioMedTech) Gallery at the Great Lakes Science Center. Here, visitors can explore how different technologies impact and improve our health. There are several interactive features at this exhibit. Try controlling the prosthetic arm through robotics while you’re here!

Bio Med Tech images from the Great Lakes Science Center

Other features of this gallery include activities to help visitors understand how their habits affect their health.

Guests can put together strands of DNA while getting to learn about biology. It’s especially popular with kids! There’s even an MRI machine for guests to explore. There’s something for everybody in the BioMedTech Gallery at the Science Center!

I really enjoyed the features that demonstrate how doctors can look inside your head. I took several psychology classes at college and I learned about the different types of scans. It was cool to have interactive features help me understand them better!

Science Phenomena

My favorite part of the Great Lakes Science Center was the Science Phenomena exhibit. Here, visitors can explore why and how things work by conducting mini experiments. Science was never really my thing, but I loved interacting with all of the exhibits! And, it’s incredibly popular with kids!

Kids in the science experiment area at Great Lakes Science Center
See how crowded this section was? Kids – and adults – loved this area!

Kids crowded this section of the Science Center to satisfy their curiosities. Even the adults were interested in the experiments and interacting with them!

I can’t name half of the experiments in the Science Phenomena exhibit. There are so many of them! I really enjoyed the shadow wall, the mirror that combines faces, and the echo tube.

The Great Lakes Science Center is definitely great for all ages! There are tons of fun interactive activities to engage minds and information to satisfy curiosities. Since it has a bit of everything for everyone, I believe that the Great Lakes Science Center would be a good option for a family day. There’s even a section for toddlers at the Polymer Funhouse, “a place for young scientists to climb, slide, bounce, build, hop and play with polymers”.

Plan your visit to the Great Lakes Science Center

Address: 601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Hours: Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Mondays and on Home Cleveland Browns Game Days.

Tickets: Online purchase in advance is recommended. Adults are $19.95 and kids, ages 2-12, are $14.95.