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Find out about life as an astronaut, control a robotic arm or learn about renewable energy in Ohio’s premier science learning center.

Come to the Great Lakes Science Center to explore the fascinating inner workings of technology, science and the environment. Look inside a stomach with an endoscope, put your hand inside a tornado and climb a Martian landscape. You can also enjoy a thrilling cinematic experience at the OMNIMAX theatre, and explore the decks of a hundred year-old steamship.

The Great Lakes Science Center opened in 1996 and contains over 400 hands-on exhibits. There are three distinct areas, which focus on science, technology and the Great Lakes environment.

Start on the Science Phenomena floor where over 100 exhibits, many of which interactive, will be sure to amaze you. Learn how a tornado is formed and put your hand inside a mini version. In the Shadow Room you can strike a pose then watch as your shadow is frozen to the wall by a photo-luminescent strobe.

Make your way to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center to learn about life as an astronaut. See how people in space accomplish simple tasks, for example eating, and take a walk across a replica Martian landscape. Continue on to the Biomedical Technology Gallery to learn about the wonders of modern medicine. Control a robotic arm, learn how an MRI scan works and observe bacteria at work through a microscope.

Young children will love the Polymer Funhouse which contains over 90 different activities such as a ball pool and water features. Take a break in the café then explore the decks of the Willian G. Mathor, a stream ship that used to cross the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Science Center is located in North Harbor on the shore of Lake Erie. Metered parking is available and the area is also served by buses from downtown. It is open daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Note that the steamship is only open at weekends in May, September and October and is closed on Mondays during June, July and August. There is a charge for entry.

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