Overview & History
Founded in 1934, miSci is a center for learning, imagination, and creativity. The Museum moved to its current location on Nott Terrace in Schenectady, New York, in 1969. In 1997 the Museum merged with the General Electric Hall of Electrical History, creating a combined collection of more than 15,000 science and technology artifacts, thousands 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. Our research center hosts approximately 400 researchers annually and responds to around 2,000 queries each year. Artifacts and archives are often featured in the 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.