Named A Top 20 Science Center
by Parents magazine!


Blue Star Museum


General Public Hours

Monday through Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Open seven days a week for members and groups by appointment


250 Jordan Road
(in Rensselaer Technology Park)
Troy, New York 12180
CDTA Bus #224




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Events Schedule



General Admission Price:
$5.00 per person ages 2 and up

Dome Shows:
$1.00 per person for each show. Free for Family Explorer members and above.

All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult while visiting CNSE CMOST, and all adults must be accompanied by a child.


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The CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST), part of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), is the only science center in Tech Valley designed specifically for kids and parents to Explore, Discover, and Imagine the world of science together!

What's Happening at CNSE CMOST!

Tuesday, July 22

3:00 – 3:30 PM
Science Story Time
Join a museum educator for this program sponsored by Target. Participants will read a science story, enjoy an activity and more! There is no pre-registration required and this activity is included with museum admission. Activities are recommended for children 2 to 6 years of age.

Tuesday, July 22
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Sidewalk Science: Solar Ovens
Join us this summer for a series of sidewalk science programs.  During these programs we will investigate some of the science that happens right outside our doors at the sidewalk!  This week we will investigate the sun and solar science.  Participants will create small solar ovens to make things like grilled cheese and smores that they can take home in this fun workshop. Ages 7+, pre-registration is required, free for CNSE CMOST members, $2.00 for non-members plus admission to the museum.

Wednesday, July 23
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Sensory Play: Colors
Join us in to the GE Junior Discovery room for a hands-on sensory science activity designed for younger children.  This week we will experiment with the science of color as we mix, match and paint in this fun and educational drop-in program. Pre-registration is not required, and is included with museum admission. Recommended for children 2 – 6 years of age.

Saturday, July 26
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Summer Science: A Water Droplet’s Journey
Join CNSE CMOST as we investigate the science of the water cycle.  We will take a journey through the cycle with an interactive game, do several experiments to help us understand the water cycle better and more in this wet and wacky workshop! Ages 5+, pre-registration is required, free for CNSE CMOST members, $2.00 for non-members plus admission to the museum.

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Summer Science Camps

Summer Science Camp!
through - August 29
Weekly Science Camps
For kids ages 5 - 14 years of age

The CNSE CMOST summer science camp line-up is here! With our hands-on camps, CNSE CMOST offers children ages 5 to 14 an opportunity to be junior scientists for the summer. Camp activities include science experiments, studies, observations and more.
Learn about our wide variety of one-week camp sessions by clicking here.

Explore the Newest Exhibits

Magnetic Ball Wall
Discover your inner physicist at CNSE CMOST’s Magnetic Ball Wall! Construct a
path that twists and turns or create a direct route and see how long it takes for the ball to travel from the beginning to the end. Learn about kinetic and potential energy, momentum and the force of gravity as you explore and experiment with the Magnetic Ball Wall.

Skyline Tool Box
Design, build, test, and engineer 3D structures with CNSE CMOST’s Skyline Tool Box.  This new exhibit, designed by Chicago Children’s Museum, provides a design-it-yourself experience with real hardware, tools, and materials that allow you to create imaginative, original structures that are big enough to walk inside. Visit the Skyline Tool Box exhibit and see what you can construct!