“Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.”


Every time I go to the Schenectady MiSci museum it always reminds me of when I was a kid. I remember taking field trips there when I was younger, each time amazed that some of the things presented were invented in my town! When I was younger it was just called the Schenectady Museum but relatively recently they began calling it the Museum of Innovation and Science (MiSci).

I think the reason it took me so long to go back was because I always saw this museum as a kid’s museum but I was wrong. I went with two other twenty-somethings and it was like we were kids again. MiSciButterflies1The wonder for interactive science doesn’t stop at any particular age. You walk through the museum and see the history of Schenectady and how it became known as the “Electric City.” You get to experiment with static, magnets, electricity and its crowning glory- the planetarium.

Sign up for their email newsletter and you’ll be able to keep track of the special presentations they have, fun for any age! I remember the last time I went to the museum, I was in college looking to become a Computer Science major and they had a chat from guys who were working on a version of Guitar Hero (which was HUGE at the time) and I got to chat about an internship even though I ended up changing majors. From February 15- March April 19th their special feature are butterflies. Discover Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Tiger Swallowtails flying all around you! Most of the butterflies were still in their chrysalis which is similar to a cocoon but I learned today that refer to the moth cycle.

First, while waiting in line you learn about the butterfly growing process and then it’s time to go into the indoor butterfly house where you’re surrounded by live butterflies! IMG_2839There are a few rules: you’re not allowed to touch them since you could damage their wings and don’t be afraid because (as I know first-hand) they may land on you while you’re in there. I ended up with a butterfly friend while I was in there, it was awesome to be able to see one up close and personal.

No worries, if one fancies you, you can ask one of the museum employees and they’ll take care of it for you. Be sure to take tons of pictures because this is going to be the most amount of butterflies you have ever seen in one space. If you’re interested in doing something similar, they have instructions available on how to create your own butterfly garden as well as beginner kits to buy in the store.

For a chilly afternoon, the museum was a great place to go. There’s so much to do and to look at, time flies and you don’t even realize you’re learning! The museum is open Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM and Sundays 12PM-5PM so you have plenty of time to take it all in. They also have a membership option if you want to be in “the know” of upcoming features and get special member previews.

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