miSci : Events

September 2017

Senior Science Day (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson. Cost: Free with admission

Location: varies, inquire at admissions desk


January: Live Planetarium Show

February: NASA's Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope

March: NASA’s Great Observatories: Compton Gamma Ray Observatory

April: NASA’s Great Observatories: Chandra X-ray Observatory

May: NASA’s Great Observatories: Spitzer Space Telescope

June: NASA’s Great Observatories: James Webb Space Telescope

July: How to View the Great American Eclipse

August: Our Solar System: Exploring the Sun

September: Our Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets

October: Our Solar System: The Gas Giants

November: Our Solar System: The Asteroid and Kuiper Belt

December: Hunting for Exoplanets

Date(s):  Monday, September-4-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Enjoy free general admission to miSci with passes from Smithsonian Museum Day Live! One ticket per group. 

In conjunction with this special event, miSci will host special hands-on activities on building, tinkering, and Minecraft.  

Date(s):  Saturday, September-23-2017 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bubble mania is coming to miSci! Experiment with bubbles of all shapes, forms, and sizes with special bubble activities. Can you make a giant bubble? How about a slime bubble? Find out at the Bubblefest!

Cost: Free with admission

Date(s):  Saturday, September-9-2017 @ 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Evenings with miSci and the Dudley Observatory

Spend the evening exploring the exhibits at miSci! Complete the night with a Night Sky Adventure with the Dudley Observatory. 

miSci Galleries 

Date(s):  Tuesday, September-19-2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 PM
Little Wonders of Science: Magnet Max


Introduce children ages 3 to 5 to science with Magnet Max by Monica Lozano Hughes followed by some hands-on activities.

Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Friday and Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly.

Come early for a special 10 am showing in miSci's planetarium of "One World, One Sky" (additional $5/ person), and leave with the materials to continue the study of science at home.

Pre-register online.

Cost: Admission + $2 supply fee

Location: meet in the miSci Lobby 

Date(s):  Friday, September-15-2017 @ 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday, September-16-2017 @ 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM
miSci After Dark: Bubbles & Brews

Join us for miSci’s After Dark event “Bubbles & Brews” - a social event for adults 21+ featuring full museum access, alcoholic beverages, board games, planetarium show, and exciting bubble science demonstrations by miSci educators!

Come enjoy samples (and purchase to-go containers) of the finest craft brews from some of the best local brewers, including: Common Roots Brewing Company, Mad Jack Brewing Company, Rare Form Brewing Company, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company and spirits from Albany Distilling Company and kombucha, kefir and other bubbly elixirs from Yesfolk Tonics. 

Cost: Free with admission


Date(s):  Saturday, September-9-2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Night Sky Adventure: Our Friend the Moon (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

Even though humans haven’t set foot on the moon in over 40 years, NASA and other space agencies have been actively studying the moon using satellites and robotic landers. Come learn about some of the latest discoveries, then join the Dudley Observatory at miSci on October 28th to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night!

Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, planetarium shows and night sky viewing (weather depending). Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided for public use. 

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Planetarium, Courtyard, Lobby

Date(s):  Tuesday, September-19-2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture: Globular Clusters: Great Balls of Fire (presented by the Dudley Observatory)

Presented by the Dudley Observatory

Join the Dudley Observatory and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

This month, Ron Barnell (AAAA/HESO) will present on “Globular Clusters: Great Balls of Fire."


Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

Cost: Free (donations graciously accepted) 


Knox Octagon Barn

588 Middle Road

Delanson, NY

Date(s):  Friday, September-29-2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SenseAble Science

A sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs. Presented by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady ARC, and miSci with additional funds from sponsors. 

Learn more about SenseAble Science

Date(s):  Sunday, September-24-2017 @ 10:00 am - 12 pm
Volunteer Open House

Interested in giving back to your community? Become a volunteer at the Museum! Get started by attending an open house. Volunteers are needed to assist with exhibits, such as the Butterfly House, assist in the archives, assist with maintenance, run Planetarium shows, and more. Open houses are held the first Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. New volunteers are welcome to stay for the all-staff at 5:15.

Date(s):  Tuesday, September-5-2017 @ 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM