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The Great Lakes Science Center invites you to kick off the fourth of July

Take time off this weekend for a fun stop at the Great Lakes Science Center
Take time off this weekend for a fun stop at the Great Lakes Science Center
Mark Horning & Co. Photography

It’s the fourth of July weekend and what better way to celebrate than a trip to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. With great films in the Omnimax theater, hundreds of hands on science exhibits and the Steamship William G. Mather there is plenty to do to pass the time. Check out what is happening this weekend and for the rest of the month.


Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Now showing

Learn what is being done by one scientist whose mission is to help these wondrous creatures survive in the modern world.
Journey to a remote and wondrous location, and join one scientist on her mission to help these amazing creatures survive in the modern world. The film is narrated by Morgan Freeman. Get show times at

Journey To The South Pacific
Now showing

Meet Jawi, a young island boy who will take you on a journey of his “back yard”. Discover the magical lush tropical islands of West Papua while ecountering whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other citizens of the deep. The area is home to more than 2,000 species of sea life making it the most diverse marine ecosystem in the world. The film is narrated by Cate Blanchett. Get show times at

Upcoming Events

Steamship William G. Mather
Open for the summer season!
June, July, August
Tuesday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A large proud portion of Cleveland history can be found in the stream ships that sailed the great lakes bringing raw materials to Cleveland where it was turned into manufactured goods. Take a self guided tour aboard this 618 foot floating musem from stem to stern. View the giant cargo holds, the brass and oak pilot house, the elegant guest quarters (where lucky friends and families of the owner enjoyed a pampered voyage) and the four story tall engine room. As you walk the decks, look for the “engineering firsts” that made this boat unique on the Great Lakes.
Tickets are for $8 adults and $6 for youth, ages 5 – 12. (Free for members.)

Steamship William G. Mather
Hard-Hat Tours
Select Saturdays and Sundays
May – August
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Ever wanted to know what went on behind the scenes that kept the great boat afloat? This is your chance to see sights not seen by the average visitors. You’ll don hardhats and safety glasses as you bend and twist your way through some of the most fascinating parts of the boat. Space is limited and advance reservations required. Tickets are $25 and $20 for members and includes admission to the Steamship Mather after the tour. Tour is open to guests ages 10 and older. Call 216-621-2400 to register.

Rock and Boom
Friday, July 4

Celebrate Independence Day from the decks of the Mather and watch Cleveland's fireworks. Food and drinks can be purchased on board. Tickets are $15 and $12 for members). Register by calling 216-621-2400.

Space Adventure Week
July 21 – 28

Celebrate space exploration with a week of space-themed events, programs and workshops. Hear guest speakers from NASA Glenn Research Center; stop by for a Capsule Chat and more. Free with paid admission to the Science Center.

Special Exhibitions

LEGO® Travel Adventure
May 24 – September 7, 2014

Where do you want to go? What does your vehicle need to do to get there? In LEGO Travel Adventure, you’re not just along for the ride! Choose an amazing destination and build the perfect means of transportation! Inspired by LEGO models of famous vehicles, you can build your dream machine!

Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with LEGO Systems, Inc. LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2013 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

Camps and Classes

Summer Camps
June 9 – August 15

Great Lakes Science Center hosts week-long Summer Camps for kids! This summer, we're offering 74 camp themes among 10 different locations for kids of all ages - from preschool to high school. Get details:

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. We know the value of using real scientific challenges to encourage curiosity and experimentation. And we remain committed to developing the collaborations and community partnerships needed to stimulate innovation, improve STEM education, and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at 216-694-2000 or visit

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