Visiting CMOST


  • We are facing unprecedented times, and COVID-19 is presenting us all with unforeseen challenges to our everyday life. For the safety of our patrons and employees, we have decided to close CMOST effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. At this time, this closure also includes any commitments for outreach education to schools and school vacation camps that have been scheduled.

    Please check back for updates and consider donating to support the museum during these challenging times. Generosity is also contagious.

  • What are the general public hours?
    • Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/museums_for_all.jpgSeptember 3, 2019 - June Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9 AM – 4 PM 
    • July - August: Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
  • How much is admission to The Museum?
    • General Admission Price: $8.00 per person ages 2 and up. Free for CMOST Members. 
    • Museums for All discounted general admission price: $1.00 per person for up to four (4) individuals per EBT card. Families need to present their EBT card and a valid form of photo ID upon admission to CMOST
    • Blue Star Museum free admission discount for active duty military personnel and their families. Thanks to the generous support from Pioneer Bank we are able to extend this benefit throughout the full year in 2020. The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the US Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/BSM-2019-Color-Logo-rev.jpgMilitary—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program.
  • What payment forms does CMOST accept? CMOST gladly accepts Cash, Check or Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.
  • How long does my admission last? CMOST admission is valid all day - just hang on to your receipt if you plan to come and go. You can also use your admission payment toward a membership if purchased on the same day of your visit.
  • What is there to do at The Museum? There is a lot to see and do during your visit to the museum. All exhibits are hands-on, and are designed to help children think and explore like scientists and engineers.
  • May I visit CMOST without children? No. For the security of our young visitors, all adults must be accompanied by a child. Adults are welcome to visit on a guided tour. Please call ahead at 518-235-2120 to arrange for a tour.
  • May I drop my children off and pick them up later? No. All children at CMOST must be supervised/chaperoned by an adult.
  • May I bring my stroller inside? Strollers are permitted on the exhibit floor.
  • Is the Museum wheelchair accessible? Yes. All exhibits are accessible by wheelchair, however visitors must provide their own wheelchair as there none available at The Museum.
  • May we eat a snack at the Museum? Yes. We have a table set up for snacking in the Museum or pack a picnic and enjoy it in our outdoor picnic area. There are a number of family friendly restaurants within driving distance of the Renssealer Technology Park. Feel free to ask for a list at the front desk.
  • Is there parking available at the Museum? Yes. Free parking is available at CMOST.
  • Can I take photos during my visit? Yes! Please feel free to take photos of your visit to CMOST. We encourage you to tag CMOST on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter, post to us on Instagram, or pin your images to our CMOST board.
  • May I bring my pet to the Museum?
    Service animals are permitted in the Museum, but we do ask that you leave all other pets at home.
  • What measures does the museum take during flu season?

    As part of our best practices, CMOST monitors directions from the Rensselaer County Public Health, New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

    Health and safety are our top priorities. CMOST has extensive, museum-wide cleaning practices including sanitizing surfaces and education materials, which is done by staff and select volunteers, throughout the day.

    Strategies to keep your family healthy from flu viruses or the coronavirus include:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The Museum’s restrooms are stocked with hand soap and paper towels. Likewise, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are available to visitors and colleagues throughout the Museum.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.