Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology
Entrance to the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology faces Franklin Street.
|Former name||The Discovery Center|
|Location||Syracuse, New York|
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (often referred to as the MOST) is a museum located in the Armory Square neighborhood of Downtown Syracuse, New York. The museum includes multiple exhibits, a gift shop and a domed IMAX movie theatre. It is located in the former Syracuse Armory.
In 1977 the Junior League, National Council of Jewish Women and the Technology club started to plan the opening of this institution. In 1979, the goals were set to develop a center where scientific and technological information would be presented to involve the general public, students and the technical community around Syracuse, to use participatory exhibits and educational programs extensively, and to encourage creativity and involvement. The original museum, then known as the Discovery Center, opened on November 15, 1981 in a storefront at 321 South Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse.
By the late 1980s, museum officials began to consider a new location for the museum, which had become an important community asset visited by more than 800,000 people. At the same time, local officials were considering what to do with the old Armory in downtown Syracuse. In 1992, New York State and the federal government accepted the Discovery Center’s proposal to open a Museum of Science & Technology in the Armory building. On October 27, 1992, the MOST, hosting hands-on exhibits and the Silverman Planetarium, opened to the public. In January 1997, the 214-seat Bristol IMAX Omnitheater – the only domed IMAX theater in New York STate – opened.
Permanent exhibits include: Earth Science Discovery Cave, Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin Flight & Space, Science Playhouse, Technotown, and National Grid Energy: Powering Our Future.