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Autism Day

Autism Awareness & Activities Day

April 10th: Explore COSI in an autism-friendly environment. Meet with Nationwide Children Hospital's Autism Specialists and pick up resources from other valued community organizations.

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Rube Goldberg

Earth Day Featuring Backyard Science

April 26: Celebrate spring and the earth with COSI! Discover science in your own backyard, explore the impact of your energy choices and learn about ways to make a positive impact on the local environment.

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From the calendar

Traveling Exhibits

Limited engagement experiences brought to COSI just for you.

Traveling exhibits are at COSI for a limited amount of time and some may require the purchase of an additional ticket.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

Join the master detective on his pursuit to crack the most intricate mysteries using the powers of deduction and the most cutting–edge 19th century techniques of forensic science.

Additional Exhibits

Experiences not included in
General Admission

Marked exhibits require the purchase of an additional ticket.

Giant Screen
Adventure Exhibit

Extreme Screen Theater

Experience crystal-clear images on the biggest digital screen in Ohio.

Adventure Exhibit
Adventure Exhibit

Adventure

Step inside to find yourself transported to a remote island where remnants of an ancient culture guard a secret that only you can unlock.

Classic Exhibits

Classic Exhibits come free with General Admission to COSI.

From the outer reaches of the Universe to the bottom of the seas, COSI's classic exhibitions will take you on a voyage of discovery.

Energy Explorers
Energy Explorers

Energy Explorers

COSI’s new Energy Explorers exhibition focuses on how energy powers the world around us-from the transportation we take to the products we buy.

Space Exhibit
Space

Space

Ride in a space capsule, maneuver a rover through a Martian landscape, and test your skills as an armchair astronaut.

Live Shows
Live Shows

Live Shows

COSI’s exciting (and explosive) live science shows are included with your admission or Membership.

Lab Spaces
Lab Spaces at COSI

COSI Lab Spaces

Working research laboratories designed to let you witness scientific research in real time.

Big Science Park Exhibit
Big Science Park

Big Science Park

Larger-than-life activities designed to let your inner scientist stomp around and shout out loud.

Ocean Exhibit
Ocean

Ocean

Mighty Poseidon reigns over a mythical playground symbolizing the ancient stories of the sea.

WOSU Exhibit
WOSU

WOSU @ COSI

The only working television and radio studio in a science center.

CHS
CHS

Columbus Historical Society

Come to COSI to see CHS' newest exhibit, Columbus at Play, featuring popular summer pastimes and sports and music memorabilia. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Life Exhibit
Life

Life

From before birth to after death—and the many steps in between—Life explores what makes us human.

Gadget Exhibit
Gadgets

Gadgets

Try to lift your own weight in the pulley chair, split laser beams, and build a bridge.

Progress Exhibit
Progress

Progress

Travel through time and interact with technology from 1898 and 1962.

Kidspace Exhibit
little kidspace

little kidspace

Young children can safely climb, build, splash, imagine, and pretend in COSI’s little kidspace®.

Hallway Experiences
Hallway Experiences

Hallway Exhibitions

From gorgeous photography to thought-prevoking collections, enjoy these free, limited-engagement displays while you're here.

visit map

Interactive Building Map

Help plan your day at COSI by seeing where exhibits, restrooms, elevators and more are located.

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Atomic Cafe Restaurant

Atomic Café Restaurant

COSI offers food options to tickle the taste buds! Our café offers pizza, deli sandwiches, made-to-order items, and other options to eat healthy.

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School Field Trips

School Field Trips

See what a COSI field trip can do for your students, get admission & parking info, chaperone resources and more.

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visit tours

Group Tours, Consignment & Bulk Ticket Sales

Whether you're looking for discounted group rate tickets, a social gathering, a professional gathering, a family adventure, or an adult group adventure, COSI has a group option for you.

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Amenitites

Amenities & Accessibility

All the comforts to make your next visit to COSI easy for the whole family! Get information about Guest Services, lockers, ATMs, and much more.

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Hotels and Restaurants

Columbus Hotels & Restaurants

Planning a trip to COSI has never been easier. Located downtown in the heart of Columbus, there are hotels and restaurants to fit every budget.

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Science Education Programs for Families

COSI programs will inspire your interest in science and encourage you to learn more about your world. COSI offers workshops, lectures, camps, and overnight experiences that will help you and your family understand the complex connections between science and everyday life. Through our public feedback forums, you’ve told us you want to know more about health and medicine, technology and innovation, energy and the environment, and early childhood education. The resources below are designed to help you deepen your understanding of these critical topics, and so much more.

If you’re already a COSI Member, look for opportunities to save on programs throughout this site. Not a Member? Join COSI today and begin your family’s new journey of exploration and discovery at COSI.

 

Our History

Camp COSI

These are year-round day camps like only COSI could do it. Choose from dozens of science topics that kids love.

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Exhibits and Live Shows

Groundbreaking exhibits and live shows help make it easier for you to wrap your brain around the most challenging science concepts.

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Adult Programs

Adult Programs

COSI's not just for kids! With lectures, panel discussions, and other related events you can re-discover your love of science (and fun).

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Our History

Hands-on Workshops

COSI’s fun hands-on workshops are guided by experienced and enthusiastic Team Members with a passion for science. Careful—it’s contagious!

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Interactive Videoconferencing

See live surgery in real time, or solve for the cause of death following an actual human autopsy through COSI’s award-winning interactive videoconferences.

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Our History

Camp-In

Spend the night at COSI! Camp-In is the overnight (and day camp) experience that lasts a lifetime. You and a few hundred of your closest friends will have COSI all to yourselves for nineteen hours.

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Teen experiences

Teen Experiences

These specialized experiences are designed to connect teens to science professionals and to encourage them to turn their passion for science into a career.

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Our History

Birthday Parties

Party like a smarty at COSI. COSI birthday parties for kids ages 3-11 are a mix of silly science and serious fun.

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