COSI, Columbus’s dynamic Center of Science and Industry, inspires the scientists, dreamers, and innovators of tomorrow. Opening in 1964 to more than 5,000 guests at Memorial Hall, in 1999 COSI moved to the 320,000-square-foot former Central High School, creating one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. COSI continues to represent a significant investment in the economic development and community revitalization of downtown Columbus and the Scioto Peninsula.
In 2008, COSI was named America's #1 science center for families by Parent Magazine. With more than 300 hands-on educational activities, it has been a Central Ohio staple for more than five decades. Since 1964, COSI has engaged with over 34 million people from all 50 states and around the world, both on-site and through its award-winning outreach programs.
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COSI Insider Tips:
1. Love COSI, but want to explore the exhibits without all the kids? Come to COSI After Dark! Once a month, COSI entertains its 21+ crowd with themed activities, adult beverages, and food.
2. For a night at the museum, try out COSI Camp-In. Camp-In is an overnight experience for Scouts, school groups, youth groups, and families of all sizes. A COSI staple since 1972!
3. COSI’s Planetarium is the largest in Ohio. With its 60-foot dome screen, you’ll see the galaxy like you’ve never seen it before.
4. COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater uses an immersive screen and 3D technology to transport you to the edge of space, distant lands, and more.
5. For a truly unique experience, hop on COSI’s High Wire Unicycle. At two stories high with an 84-foot cable, it’s the only one in the world!
6. See research in action! Researchers from The Ohio State University are busy conducting research and gathering data in three visible spaces within COSI’s Life exhibit.