Science Discovery Center


Free and Open to the public!

We are open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We have a lot of fun new interactive exhibits, so if you haven't visited in a while, it might be time again! In alignment with SUNY policies, masks are not currently required in our facility. If you are planning to visit with a group of 10 or more people, please fill out the group visit request form at the bottom of this page so we can ensure adequate staffing.

Special Events

Our special events can generally be accessed on Eventbrite:

2nd Annual AJ Read Science Discovery Center Science Fair

Free and Open to the Public
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Located in the President's Garden (just outside the Science Discovery Center!)

Student science clubs and faculty from SUNY Oneonta will have displays, interactives, and activities for people of all ages. Come explore physics, earth science, botany, and more!

Field Trips and Group Visits

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center makes a great destination for a school field trip, especially for grades 3-5. We have a variety of engaging, hands-on STEM exhibits and demos, and the SUNY Oneonta planetarium is one of the most advanced in the region. There is no cost to visit us.

Learn more about field trip and group visit opportunities

Accessible and Sensory Safe

We try hard to be accessible to all! Our building is a handicapped accessible building with reserved spots not far from the southeast door, closest to the Science Discovery Center. The SDC itself is also accessible, and people in wheelchairs have reported that our exhibits are easy to navigate. We have a number of demonstrations and exhibits that are accessible to those who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing. The SDC is often very quiet. We do not play music, and most of our exhibits do not produce loud noises. If you have a specific sensory or accessibility need, please feel free to contact us at or 607-436-2011 with any concerns or inquiries!

Give to the SDC

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center is able to remain free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of visitors like you. If you enjoy the SDC or what we do, please consider giving a monetary donation at the link below.

Give To The SDC



Anna Rutenbeck, Coordinator of Science Outreach Activities

Open Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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