Connecticut Science Center

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Connecticut Science Center which includes interior views as well as children

Leave your textbooks at home and learn about science by playing, exploring and inventing your way through this interactive science center in Hartford.

The Connecticut Science Center is a fairly new addition to Hartford’s cultural scene. Have fun learning about science from over 150 interactive exhibits, an eye-popping 3-D movie theater and frequent special events.

If you have ever wanted to hear light or feel sound, visit Sight and Sound. Create music using lasers, cutting-edge software and your own body movements. Discover the universe and beyond in Exploring Space. Buckle into your flight chair and navigate a black hole, explore a supernova and investigate the moon’s craters.

Add a little friendly competition to your day at Forces in Motion. In this exhibit you will design a motion-related invention and test it against other visitors’ creations. See how gravity works in the Drop Zone, where objects fall in slow motion.

Kidspace is appealing for the science center’s youngest visitors. Between playing with the magnetic ball wall and the cascading water center, children won’t even realize that they’re learning important scientific concepts.

Other exhibits explore subjects from sports to the environment to medicine. Learn how to use scientific knowledge to take better care of your body. Explore the ecosystem of the Connecticut River. Devise your own invention and show it off.

Watching a movie takes on a whole new dimension in the 3-D movie theater. Settle back and enjoy one of the 45-minute films. Several different movies are shown throughout the day.

The science center also hosts temporary shows in the Traveling Exhibit Gallery. Just like the permanent attractions, these are sure to grab your attention. Grossology, a recent temporary exhibit, explored how the body’s grosser functions are actually vital processes to keep you healthy.

If you get hungry, have lunch at the sandwich shop on the first floor or bring your own picnic to eat at one of the tables.

The Connecticut Science Center is open every day except Mondays and major holidays. Buy a general admission ticket or a combo that also allows you to see one movie in the theater. There is ample parking nearby. The city’s free Star Shuttle stops here.

Top Hotels Close to Connecticut Science Center

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $88 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theater Works, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Hartford Hospital and Mark Twain ...
3.5/5 Good! (286 reviews)
"Fridge and microwave. Good heating/a/c, etc."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Hartford Hospital are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is $131 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hartford Stage and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (975 reviews)
"The staff at this hotel was very friendly. The room was immaculate in its cleanliness. The only ‘ding’ for this hotel was its lack of an in-house restaurant, perhaps due to Covid 19. The hotel was convenient to the sites I wanted to visit in Hartford."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

Hilton Hartford
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Best Lodging Options Near Connecticut Science Center

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
The price is $88 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is $169 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is $131 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Hilton Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
2.5 out of 5
351 Pitkin Steet, East Hartford, CT
The price is $101 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is $167 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT
The price is $101 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
370 Market Street, Hartford, CT
The price is $113 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
3.5 out of 5
942 Main St, Hartford, CT
The price is $143 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Luxury loft, rooftop lounge, Few on site bar n lounges available..
Luxury loft, rooftop lounge, Few on site bar n lounges available..
Hartford, CT
Luxury loft, rooftop lounge, Few on site bar n lounges available..
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.