Great Lakes Science Center

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Great Lakes Science Center is located at North Coast Harbor in Downtown Cleveland.

The Great Lakes Science Center is a museum and educational facility in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

The center's exhibits focus on helping visitors to understand science, technology, and their interdependence with the environment. Many of the exhibits document the features of the natural environment in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The facility includes signature (permanent) and traveling exhibits, meeting space, a restaurant, and an Omnimax theater.[1]

The museum opened in July 1996. The center's signature exhibits concentrate in three major areas: Great Lakes environment, technology, and science phenomenon. During the 2005/2006 school year, a new Outreach program made its debut, and Great Summer Science, the museum's summer science camps, started summer 2006. The camps are a source of educational fun. Campers range in age from kindergarten through 12th grade and occur in various locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Interested students may have the opportunity to volunteer in the camp program. Volunteers must be going into 9th grade. Also during the summer 2006, the Science Center installed a wind turbine in its front yard. The Science Center estimates the turbine would provide around 7% of the Center's power. In Summer 2007 they also completed the installation of a 156 panel solar array forming a semicircle at the entrance of the Science Center.[2]

The Great Lakes Science Center is located between FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at North Coast Harbor on the shore of Lake Erie. It has an attached 500 car parking facility.[3]

NASA Glenn Visitor Center[edit]

The Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module is on display in the visitor center.

Previously located at the NASA Glenn Research Center located on Cleveland's south side, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center began to relocate within the Great Lakes Science Center in early 2010.[4] The NASA Visitor Center is included with the Center's general admission.

OMNIMAX Theater[edit]

The Great Lakes Science Center also holds the Omnimax theater. The theater, called "The Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX Theater," uses state of the art technology including 70mm film, a 15,000 Watt projector light and a six channel sound system. The projector weighs 4200Lb (1910 kg) and uses 5.6 feet of film per second.[5] The theater is 79 feet tall and seats 300 people. There is a separate admission fee.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Signature Exhibits". Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  2. ^ *Great Lakes Science Center Installs Wind Turbine, Green Energy Ohio. Accessed July 23, 2006.
  3. ^ "Directions and Parking". Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ *[1]
  5. ^ The OMNIMAX Theater, retrieved 18 September 2010 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Sandy. "A Visit to Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center". Retrieved 18 September 2010. 

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Coordinates: 41°30′27″N 81°41′48″W / 41.507437°N 81.696592°W / 41.507437; -81.696592