Wrapping up the week-long celebration of Sustainable Cleveland’s Cuyahoga50 at North Coast Harbor, Great Lake Science Center will be free for general admission to all guests from noon to 5 p.m on Sunday, June 23, courtesy of ArcelorMittal.
“The Science Center is extremely grateful to our partners at ArcelorMittal for making this celebration accessible to all,” said Science Center President & CEO Kirsten Ellenbogen.
“The entire community-wide effort of Cuyahoga50 gives us all the opportunity to explore the story of the river and Cleveland’s place in the history of environmental stewardship in our nation. We are proud to recognize the sustainability accomplishments of our city.”
The Great Lakes Science Center is an expansive museum and educational facility in downtown Cleveland located at 601 Erieside Ave. The museum features science-centric family attractions, where many of its exhibits document the features of the natural environment in the Great Lakes region of the United States. There are also hundreds of hands-on activities for both kids and adults to enjoy.
The facility includes permanent exhibits such as the William G. Mather Steamship, and occasional traveling exhibits. Also, the science exhibit hosts meeting spaces, its cafe, and even a gift shop. Furthermore, visitors can find one of the largest IMAX Dome theaters in Ohio standing at six-stories tall.
Notably, the science center’s exhibits are classified into various categories. For example, there is the Technology Exhibit, where visitors can try on simulation on how to fly a plane or hand glide through the Grand Canyon. There’s also the portion where an exhibit explores advances in modern medicine that includes MRIs, stem cells, robotic arms, or even let you perform an endoscopy. Others include exhibits on light, optics, sound, mechanics, space, and so much more.
Other than the exhibits, the Great Lake Science Center also hosts historical events and walk-through all throughout the year. One, in particular, is the William G. Mather steamship often referred to as “The Ship That Built Cleveland.” It was built in 1925 and is a restored 618-foot historic Great Lakes freighter that is home to Ohio’s rich history with iron and steel. The flagship has huge cargo holds, brass and oak pilot house, guest quarters, and four-story engine room. However, a tour would cost a separate admission fee.
Additionally, the science center also has a NASA visitor center called the NASA Glenn Visitor Center where visitors can experience interactive experiences of how it feels like going to space and what astronauts actually do. And as part of the 50th anniversary when man first stepped on the moon, the science center is holding a week-long celebration this July.
The Cleveland’s Cuyahoga50 event was wrapped up by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of late Robert F. Kennedy. He remembered the famous June 22, 1969, Cuyahoga River fire in Ohio that became the iconic event for the U.S. environmental movement.
Cuyahoga50 is Cleveland’s celebration of environmental science and sustainability. As Kennedy Jr. is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the nonprofit environmental group that fights to defend the fire-inspired Clean Water Act.
The Great Lakes Science Center will feature exhibits that show how technology will explore the properties of water and combustion.
In relation, the science center itself is known for environmentally-friendly solutions and innovations in terms of how it sources energy.
In the summer of 2006, the facility installed a wind turbine in its front yard that provides approximately 7% of the Science Center’s annual electrical needs. A year later, it completed the installation of a 300-foot solar array canopy featuring 156 photovoltaic panels that provide enough power to light all of the Science Center’s 65,000 square feet of exhibition space for one hour. During the course of a year, the solar array produces an average of 100 kWh per day, the equivalent of the average electrical usage of four homes. The Science Center also offers opportunities for alternative energy exhibitions for guests to interact with a touch-screen kiosk displaying both real-time and historical data.
On regular days, the science center is available for the public at general rates of $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for children with discounts offered to seniors and members of the military. The museum is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.