Overview & History
Founded in 1934, miSci is a center for learning, imagination, and creativity. It moved to its current location on Nott Terrace in Schenectady, NY, in 1969. In 1997 the Museum merged with the General Electric Hall of Electrical History, creating a combined collection including 15,000 science and technology artifacts, 800 boxes of advertising publications, 1,500 films, 400 audio recordings, and two million photographs documenting the history of electricity and electronics and the impact of technological change. The Museum renovated a climate-controlled research center for the use and storage of artifacts and archival materials. The research center hosts 400 researchers annually and answers 2,000 queries through mail and email each year. Artifacts and archives are often featured in Museum exhibitions and programs. In 2012 the Museum launched a comprehensive long-range planning effort that resulted in a name change to ‘miSci’ and a new focus on interactive exhibitions. miSci’s 44,270 square feet includes exhibition, planetarium, and program spaces.
Mission & Vision
At miSci, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed with our mission in mind: ‘to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology past, present, and future.” The Museum fulfills its mission by preserving and interpreting the history of technological change and its societal impact, helping visitors explore the creative processes that inspire discovery and invention, and engaging visitors with interactive exhibitions and programs that encourage them to inquire about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subject areas.