Privacy Policy

Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) respects your privacy. We want you to understand the ways in which we use the personal information that you choose to provide us. This Privacy Policy sets forth how we handle information we obtain from you when you visit our web site.

This Privacy Policy addresses the following:
The information we collect; The third parties that are provided access to your information; The choices that are available to you regarding how the information is used and to whom it is disseminated; Your rights to access and correct or update your personally identifiable information; and Our pledge to have reasonable security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control.

A note about children under the age of 13: is a general audience web site not targeted toward children under the age of 13. However, because we are a children's museum, we understand that our web site may be appealing to children. Therefore, we have elected to be compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 and, if we discover that a child under the age of 13 has submitted personal information to us, we delete it immediately. If you have any questions about our treatment of children's personal information, contact us at

Information We Collect and How We Use It: collects two types of information about you when you visit our site: personal information that you choose to provide us (including, by way of example only, your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) and non-personal, aggregate information (such as information regarding the pages on our site that you have visited and your IP address).

1. Personally-Identifiable Information
The only personal information we collect about you is the information that you choose to provide to us. For example, we gather your personally identifiable information when you send us an e-mail or join Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST). We will use this information to respond to your query or request. We may also use the information to send you information about CMOST programs, membership services, and other information relating to CMOST that we think may be of interest to you.

We may, from time to time, also offer surveys, sweepstakes, contests, or other promotions on our web site. In order to participate in these promotions you may have to provide your personal information. However, participation is always entirely voluntary.

If you want to remain anonymous and not disclose your personal information, please still feel free to visit and use our site.

2. Non Personally-Identifiable Information
Cookies, IP Addresses, And Other Environmental Variables

A cookie is a piece of data placed on your hard drive when you visit our site. We may use cookies to help us recognize you when you come back to our site. We may also use cookies to help us track traffic on our site. This information may be aggregated in an anonymous manner. We use cookies to help us tailor our site to your needs, to deliver a better, more personalized service. In addition, we may use cookies to track the pages on our sites visited by our users. Of course, you can set your browser not to accept cookies, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the personalized features enjoyed by other visitors to our sites.

An "IP address" is a number used by computers on the network to identify your computer so that data can be transmitted to you. "Environmental variables" include, among other things, the domain from which you access the Internet, the time you accessed our web site, type of web browser and operating system or platform used, the Internet address of the web site you left to visit CMOST, the names of the pages you visit while at our web site, and the Internet address of the web site you then visit. We collect all of this information to allow us to detect broad demographic trends, to provide information tailored to your interests and to enhance your experience on our site. This information may be aggregated in an anonymous manner.

CHOICE: Sharing Of Information
We only share your personally identifiable information with select third parties if you have given us permission to do so, or if it is necessary to fulfill your request. For example, if you enter a contest or sweepstakes on our site, we may need to share your information with third parties in order to award the winner his or her prize. Additionally, if you become a member of Children's Museum of Science and Technology, we may share your information with third parties that help administer our credit card processing or membership service programs. If you do not wish us to share your information, you can always choose not to participate in promotions on our site, or join Children's Museum of Science and Technology.

We also offer a Children's Museum of Science and Technology newsletter which may be sent to you either through regular mail or e-mail. If you would like to receive The Children's Museum of Science and Technology newsletter, please e-mail us at If you later decide that you would prefer that we do not contact you, you can tell us by sending an e-mail to

We may also provide our partners with non-personal, aggregated information from our visitors.

In addition to our newsletter, we might also contact you directly about our own or others' products and services. If you would like to receive information about us and select third parties, let us know at information collection points on our site, or by contacting You can always change your preference by contacting us at may include links to many other Web sites whose privacy policies we don't control. Please remember that if you leave our site, information collection and use practices will be governed by the privacy policy of the site you are visiting.

Encryption and Security: seeks to safeguard the information you provide. However, no system is completely secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of our database or our site.

Changing or updating your information:
If you want to change any of your preferences, or if you want to review, change or update information that you have provided to us, contact us at

Updates to our Privacy Policy:
If we change our privacy policy, we will post the changes here. Our use of information will always be consistent with the policy that is in effect at the time the information is collected.