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Connecticut Science Center Events and Exhibits -  2017
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Open Columbus Day Monday, October 9, 10AM-5PM

 Friday, October 13, 6PM-10PM

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Our biggest party of the year is landing on Friday the 13th. Get ready for a close encounter with FUN at Liquid Lounge: Close Encounters. We’ve got bars, Bears (Smokehouse), and DJs…oh my! You may even have a close encounter with life from another planet in the all-new traveling exhibit, Alien Worlds and Androids (featuring some familiar robot faces). This event is for ages 21+, ID is required at the door. Capacity for Liquid Lounge is limited, tickets are $17 in advance, $22 at the door. For more information, visit or call (860) 724-3623.
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Overnight Excursions at the Connecticut Science Center: Spooktacular Science ,
Friday, October 20 6PM-8AM

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more.
Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. For more information and to register, visit, call (860) 520–2117, or email

Spooktacular Science Weekend presented by Big Y World Class Markets
Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22

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Get ready for another spooky, kooky, and all together ooky weekend at the Connecticut Science Center for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend. Have a ball at the ultimate Halloween party including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, kids “Scary-oke” and spooky crafts. Spooktacular Science Weekend is sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets. All activities are included FREE with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids under 3 are always FREE! Costumes are encouraged! Adult masks are not permitted. For more information, visit or call (860) 724-3623. (Activities are tentative and subject to change).

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Do you think you can engineer the best bridge? Join us on Women in Science Saturday with Project Engineer Nancy Puglisi Rolfe to find out! In this hands-on activity, you will build your own small-scale bridge and test its strength to find out which type of bridge is the best and strongest. For more information, call (860) SCIENCE [724.3623] or visit

STEM Awards Nominations Open now through November 20
Since 2012, it has been our pleasure to recognize Connecticut women, men, and organizations who share our mission to inspire lifelong learning in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and who exceed expectations to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.
Please help us identify those exceptional individuals and organizations by submitting nominations and/or sharing this call for nominations with your professional network.
Nominations can be submitted on the Science Center website until November 20, 2017.  Winners will be honored at the Connecticut Science Center during our annual STEM Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

 Daily Movie Schedule Now Playing in the Hoffman Foundation Science Theater
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Immerse yourself in an unforgettable 3D film experience featuring the most advanced digital and audio technologies. Or settle in for one of our LIVE stage shows where science literally comes to life. Stadium seating ensures there isn't a bad seat in the house and the 3D action springs to life on our 30'x40' giant screen with 18,000-watt Dolby® sound system and 3D glasses that provide the absolute best cinema experience – sharper and brighter than anything you've witnessed before. You may honestly forget you're sitting in a theater.. Visit for more. 

Movie Schedule

Tuesday—Friday Now Playing
1:00PM Dream Big (3D) 40 Mins All Ages
2:00PM Journey to Space 40 Mins All Ages
3:00PM Dream Big (3D) 40 Mins All Ages
4:00PM Journey to Space (3D) 40 Mins All Ages

Saturday & Sunday Now Playing
11:00AM Dream Big (3D) 40 Mins All Ages
12:00PM Journey to Space 40 Mins All Ages
1:00PM Dream Big (3D) 40 Mins All Ages
2:00PM Journey to Space 40 Mins All Ages
3:00PM Dream Big (3D) 40 Mins All Ages
4:00PM Journey to Space 40 Mins All Ages

Dream Big (3D)
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World reveals the hidden world behind some of the most exciting inventions and structures from across the globe. Dream Big uses human stories to show the heart and the drive engineers have to make the world a better place. Dream Big celebrates inspiring stories of human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows the heart that drives engineers to create a safer, more sustainable future for us all.
Journey to Space (3D)
Journey to Space taps into the same human fervor and fascination that makes science fiction so popular, our unquenchable drive to explore and discover what lies beyond. This film, though, is not fiction. Mars is the next step in what will be an unending human odyssey to explore the cosmos. Journey to Space is about the next chapter, a vision certain to inspire today’s young explorers and dreamers. It is time to take the next great leap into space. It is time for our species, in the words of Carl Sagan, to “set sail across the cosmic ocean.” Next stop… Mars!

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The Connecticut Science Center, opening June 12 in downtown Hartford, will spark creative imagination and an appreciation for science by immersing visitors in fun and educational hands-on, minds-on interactive experiences.  Visitors will experience over 150 exhibits in ten galleries and a range of topics, including space and earth sciences, physical sciences, biology, the Connecticut River watershed, Connecticut inventors and innovations, a children’s gallery, and much more.  Other visitor amenities include four educational labs, a 200-seat 3D digital cinema, function room, gift store and café, and ongoing events and lectures for all ages. The Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing science education throughout the state of Connecticut, providing learning opportunities for students and adults of all ages, and engaging the community in scientific exploration. Information at

The Science Center is completely wheelchair accessible.  Students taking part in the summer camps will be moving through different areas of the Science Center.  The theater is equipped with a system for the hearing impaired.  In most instances they are able to provide one-on-one assistance when needed.
You’ve got plenty of ways to get here, including several public transit options that can lower your carbon footprint. For those who love the thrill of driving, the Connecticut Science Center is located at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Grove Street, with easy access from I-84 and I-91.
Our street address is:
250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT, 06103.
Hartford has ample parking!  An on-site parking garage is available, located at the corner of Grove St. and Columbus Blvd. We suggest visitors to the Science Center have an alternate parking plan in mind, especially during summer weekdays and school vacations.
From the East
Take I-84 heading west into Hartford. Merge onto Route 2 west via EXIT 54 on the LEFT toward DOWNTOWN HARTFORD (0.6 mi). Route 2 becomes FOUNDERS BRIDGE (0.2 mi). FOUNDERS BRIDGE becomes STATE ST (0.1 mi). Turn LEFT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.1 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the left
From the WEST
Take I-84 heading east into Hartford. Merge onto I-91 S via EXIT 52 toward NEW HAVEN (0.6 mi). Take EXIT 29A toward CAPITOL AREA (0.2 mi). Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY (0.1 mi). Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit (0.1 mi). Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.2 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the right
From the NORTH
Take I-91 heading south into HARTFORD. Take EXIT 29A toward CAPITOL AREA (0.2 mi). Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY (0.1 mi). Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit (0.1 mi). Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.2 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the right
From the SOUTH
Take I-91 heading north into HARTFORD. Take EXIT 29A on the LEFT toward CAPITOL AREA (0.3 mi). Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY (0.1 mi). Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit (0.1 mi). Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.2 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the right

Be Green and leave the driving to someone else!
  • The Star Shuttle: has stops throughout downtown Hartford and is FREE. It operates every 12 minutes, Monday through Friday from 7AM – 11PM, and Saturday from 3PM – 11PM. Check out our parking options for details.
  • Car pool and use the HOV lanes: I-91 north of Hartford has two HOV lanes, one in each direction, and I-84 east of Hartford has two HOV lanes, one in each direction.
  • CT Transit bus service: For less than $2 per person, there are many bus stops in the area of Main Street & Central Row - all just a short walk to the Science Center.
  • Commuter Bus Park & Ride: Park your car in your hometown lot for free and let a professional driver from the CT Transit Company bring you into Hartford.
  • Amtrak train: Park your car for free at the Connecticut train stations in Windsor, Windsor Locks, or Berlin and ride the rails into Hartford.
Phone: 1-860-724-3623
Mailing Address: 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103
Images and descriptions on this page are used by permission of the Connecticut Science Center, and are protected under United States Copyright Laws. For information, contact the Connecticut Science Center.

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