The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center is a free, hands-on museum for people of all ages and abilities located in the Physical Science building on SUNY Oneonta's campus. Our mission is to connect visitors to the joy and power of science through interactive exhibits that encompass the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) disciplines. The Center works with the SUNY Oneonta Planetarium to provide educational astronomy programming under the digital dome. The Center also facilitates special programming for schools and organizations such as Scouts, home-school workshops and more. Check out our facebook page for updates on hours and special programs.
What can you do here?
Send "text messages" the old way...with a working Telegraph!
Play a musical instrument without touching it!
Build a simple robot with our Cubelets and see if you can design it to move, beep and light up in response to its environment!
Find out the shocking truth about the current that lights our homes and fuels our phones at our Electricity Alive! Demo!
Be an astronaut without leaving the ground at our live planetarium shows!
And so much more!
Who is it for?
Everyone, though most of our exhibits are designed for ages 5 and up. Younger children can engage them with the help of the parent, and we have a small section devoted to activities for ages 2-4. We particularly encourage adults to visit and get back in touch with their inner children!
How much does it cost?
Nothing. Open hours and special programming is a free service provided by SUNY Oneonta.
All year! Wed-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. For holiday schedules please check our facebook page, email or call.