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Connecticut Science Center

Leave your textbooks at home and learn about science by playing, exploring and inventing your way through this interactive science center in Hartford.

The Connecticut Science Center is a fairly new addition to Hartford’s cultural scene. Have fun learning about science from over 150 interactive exhibits, an eye-popping 3-D movie theater and frequent special events.

If you have ever wanted to hear light or feel sound, visit Sight and Sound. Create music using lasers, cutting-edge software and your own body movements. Discover the universe and beyond in Exploring Space. Buckle into your flight chair and navigate a black hole, explore a supernova and investigate the moon’s craters. 

Add a little friendly competition to your day at Forces in Motion. In this exhibit you will design a motion-related invention and test it against other visitors’ creations. See how gravity works in the Drop Zone, where objects fall in slow motion. 

Kidspace is appealing for the science center’s youngest visitors. Between playing with the magnetic ball wall and the cascading water center, children won’t even realize that they’re learning important scientific concepts. 

Other exhibits explore subjects from sports to the environment to medicine. Learn how to use scientific knowledge to take better care of your body. Explore the ecosystem of the Connecticut River. Devise your own invention and show it off.

Watching a movie takes on a whole new dimension in the 3-D movie theater. Settle back and enjoy one of the 45-minute films. Several different movies are shown throughout the day.

The science center also hosts temporary shows in the Traveling Exhibit Gallery. Just like the permanent attractions, these are sure to grab your attention. Grossology, a recent temporary exhibit, explored how the body’s grosser functions are actually vital processes to keep you healthy.

If you get hungry, have lunch at the sandwich shop on the first floor or bring your own picnic to eat at one of the tables. 

The Connecticut Science Center is open every day except Mondays and major holidays. Buy a general admission ticket or a combo that also allows you to see one movie in the theater. There is ample parking nearby. The city’s free Star Shuttle stops here.


Best Lodging Options Near Connecticut Science Center

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Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area NT$2,575
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Connecticut Science Center, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Xfinity Theatre and Trinity College are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hartford Union Station is 26 minutes by foot.

    Hilton Hartford NT$3,489
    Hilton Hartford

    Hilton Hartford

    315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hartford Stage and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 7 minutes by foot.

      Marriott Hartford Downtown NT$4,693
      Marriott Hartford Downtown

      Marriott Hartford Downtown

      200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Hartford, this spa hotel is steps from Connecticut Science Center and Connecticut Convention Center. XL Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown NT$4,221
        Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown

        Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown

        942 Main St, Hartford, CT
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford NT$2,610
          Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford

          Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford

          351 Pitkin Steet, East Hartford, CT
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of East Hartford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Connecticut Science Center and Connecticut Convention Center. XL Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is 24 minutes by foot.

            The Goodwin Hotel NT$3,808
            The Goodwin Hotel

            The Goodwin Hotel

            1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is 7 minutes by foot.

              Red Lion Hotel Hartford
              Red Lion Hotel Hartford

              Red Lion Hotel Hartford

              50 Morgan Street, Hartford, CT
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Oakwood at Hartford 21
                Oakwood at Hartford 21

                Oakwood at Hartford 21

                221 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Hartford, this apartment building is steps from Hartford Symphony Orchestra and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 7 minutes by foot.