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Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford
CT
06103
Tel: 860 724 3623

Where are we going today?

The Connecticut Science Center makes science and learning REALLY fun for kids! In fact, they will be having such a great time playing, and exploring, and creating, that they might not even realize they ARE learning!

The Connecticut Science Center has over 150 fantastic hands-on exhibits, as well as a state of the art 3D digital theatre, AND daily programs and events!

Each of the exhibits are designed for kids to learn something unique, and specific, to really enhance their experience at the museum. Kids can learn all about forensics, and physics, astronomy and even geology. They literally will have science at their fingertips!

The Connecticut Science Center has both permanent, and traveling, exhibits, so there will be something new every time to go back!

The permanent exhibits will be sure to engage kids. For those creative minds under 7 years, KidSpace is perfect. They can experiment with swirling water, play with soft large-scale blocks and mess around with colorful balls. 

Kids can design and test a heli-flyer in Forces in Motion, and even create a square wheeled car! They can see themselves in a 360 degree at Sight and Sound, and journey across the galaxy without every leaving the science center in Exploring Space!

From learning all about the importance of staying healthy, to building robots from LEGO and discovering ways to stay green, the Connecticut Science Center exhibits really do have something for ALL kids!

Don't forget about the fun programs they have too, such as staying OVERNIGHT in the museum itself - how much fun does that sound!

Great fun for the whole family in Hartford!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$21.95
  • Children$14.95 (Ages 3 to 17)
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm. Closed most Mondays

All year round

Teachers corner

They have great field trips where you can design your own program, with programs, special shows and exhibit trail guides. They also have outreach programs available. .

I'm Hungry!

They have a Subway at the center to pick up some lunch .

Healthy Eating!

You are welcome to bring your own food, and there are tables to enjoy it on the Lobby Level, so you can eat as healthy as you like!.

Any Top Tips?

Best to go early if you can, there's an awful lot!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is accessible to ALL visitors!.

Baby Facilities

Nursing mothers are welcome to nurse anywhere int he center. There are benches and seating, as well as a First Aid area if you want more privacy.

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop is THE place to pick up great gifts and merchandise from your visit at the center! There are PLENTY of things to buy, including toys, games, books, and educational/science related items.

More information

You can have your birthday party at the center, so why not get all your friends together and enjoy a super fun day of exploring and creating!.

What people are saying?

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    Recently went here on a group fieldtrip & it wasn't worth the money we paid (even with a group rate). When it was time to have lunch in their little lunch room, we had 3 supervisors sitting in the room watching us the whole time. We were given 20-25 minutes to pass out the children's lunches, sit down, eat & clean up. We all felt like we were rushed to eat. Upon entering, there were staff that acted like they didn't want to be bothered with & was just rude when one of the adults asked questions.
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    The place definately seems geared towards younger children. So I would agree with other posts that this museum is quite lacking. The total waste of space is very noticeable especially when you travel the elevator and get the birds eye view. Many exhibits don't function as they should and with the admission prices they charge you would think there would be better upkeep. The new mind bender exhibit is a plus and found it to be one of the very few. It's worth a trip on a discount day of sorts, but until management gets a clue; just drive to Boston's...Read More

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    I took my 16 year old grandson this morning. We paid $30.50 at 11:20 am and we were out of there within 15 minutes if that. This is not for this age group at all. Nothing there even interested him and he is into science and technology. I feel I just gave a donation the theConnecticut Science Center. I would not recommend this for any young adult from 14 - 17. Nothing of interest. Just a bunch of kids running around. Never again.

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    To be honest- overrated. Although the building is 9 stories, only 3 of those feature exhibits. The museum in its entirety takes between 2-4 hours to explore at a slow pace. While the exhibits range in variety, they are rather lacking. In fact, many of the exhibits we visited weren't functional or were closed. Overall I would regretfully not recommend this point of interest.

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    WORST science center ever, half of the exhibits were not working or not working properly. We (my husband and I) originally bought tickets to see a movie with the exhibits, but after walking around the entire place in under 1.5 hours we still had another hour before the movie started. We didn't bother staying for movie we were so disappointed with the place. There's a huge waste of space with the building and they could have added many more exhibits. I'm appalled by the CT science center, do not waste your money.

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by Mary B.

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Recently went here on a group fieldtrip & it wasn't worth the money we paid (even with a group rate). When it was time to have lunch in their little lunch room, we had 3 supervisors sitting in the room watching us the whole time. We were given 20-25 minutes to pass out the children's lunches, sit down, eat & clean up. We all felt like we were rushed to eat. Upon entering, there were staff that acted like they didn't want to be bothered with & was just rude when one of the adults asked questions.
Then while walking through the place, there were other groups of kids running around, jumping over things, yelling loudly & not giving other kids a turn to try things out, One kid from the group actually pushed a child from our group just to get in front to go first. We looked around, but couldn't find any adult chaperone anywhere. We couldn't even find staff members to bring this to their attention.
Overall, I nor the rest of our staff was unhappy with this fieldtrip.

by Rob Karvelis

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The place definately seems geared towards younger children. So I would agree with other posts that this museum is quite lacking. The total waste of space is very noticeable especially when you travel the elevator and get the birds eye view. Many exhibits don't function as they should and with the admission prices they charge you would think there would be better upkeep. The new mind bender exhibit is a plus and found it to be one of the very few. It's worth a trip on a discount day of sorts, but until management gets a clue; just drive to Boston's science center.... much better.

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