Rochester Museum and Science Center

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The Rochester Museum and Science Center, or RMSC, is a museum in Rochester, New York that features many exhibits related to science. These include AdventureZone, the newly expanded Expedition Earth, How Things Work, Inventor Center, and other traveling interactive exhibits, in addition to the permanent historical galleries. The Strasenburgh Planetarium is run by the museum in an adjacent building. The museum also operates the Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre (3.6 km2) preserve located near Naples, New York. Located at 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607.

The Museum had its start as the Rochester Municipal Museum. The museum fell on hard times during the Great Depression; local physician John Ralston Williams spearheaded an effort to keep the museum afloat, and he would go on to serve as chairman of the museum's governing commission for 28 years.[1] It was during Williams' tenure that the Bausch & Lomb chairman, Edward Bausch, bequeathed land on East Avenue for the museum's use.


  1. ^ Marcotte, Bob (November 29, 2010). "Passion, dedication made John R. Williams a force in Rochester". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York). Gannett Company. pp. 1B, 4B. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 43°9′9.2″N 77°35′14.8″W / 43.152556°N 77.587444°W / 43.152556; -77.587444