Exhibits & Live Shows

COSI Admission Information

Admission Package


(13 and up)











General Admission - Classic Exhibits & Shows $19 $14 Free Free Free
Two Day Admission Pass (Consecutive Days) $30 $20
Add a Do-It-All Ticket $15 $15
Add a Planetarium Show $5 $5 $4 $4 $4
Add a National Geographic Giant Screen Movie** $5 $5 $4 $4 Free
Add Adventure $5 $5 $4 Free Free
National Geographic Movie Only (No exhibits) $8 $8 $4 $4 Free
Family Friday Night    What Is This? $11 $11 Movie is $3.50 Movie is $3.50 Free
*Children under 24 months are free. Youth pricing is valid for ages 2-12 years old.

Family Friday Night

COSI offers extended hours and price-reduced admission on the last Friday of every month so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission is only $11 after 5pm and includes all of COSI's Classic Exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater.

Members get in free and pay only $3.50 for a movie in The National Geographic Giant Screen Theater at COSI (optional).

Available Add-Ons

Adventure - $5
Extreme Screen Film - $5

$5 Youth Admission

Save $7.95 in honor of COSI's 50th Anniversary.
No coupon necessary. Offer ends March 16, 2014.

Please note: The $5 Youth Admission special does not apply to group visits. For group rates, please check here.

Featured Experiences

Exhibits at COSI for a limited time

LEGO Travel Adventure
LEGO Travel Adventure

LEGO® Travel Adventure

Where do you want to go? What does your vehicle need to do to get there? In LEGO® Travel Adventure, you’re not just along for the ride! Choose an amazing destination, and build the perfect means of transportation!

Additional Exhibits

Experiences not included in
General Admission

Marked exhibits require the purchase of an additional ticket.


The Planetarium

COSI intends to reopen this 200–seat teaching tool to showcase astronomy and inspire Ohioans to explore our amazing infinite universe.

Adventure Exhibit
Adventure Exhibit


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

Giant Screen
Adventure Exhibit

Extreme Screen Theater

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

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


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


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

WOSU Exhibit


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


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


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

Gadget Exhibit


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

Progress Exhibit


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.


Convenient, On-Site Parking

The COSI-managed lots next to COSI accommodate more than 600 vehicles directly west of the building!

$5 for General Public | $4 for COSI Members

Daily downtown rate is $8. In order to get the discounted rate, please bring your ticket inside to COSI's Box Office for validation. Parking may be paid for at the box office or by credit card when exiting the parking lots.

We accept all major credit cards

COSI Photo Policy

COSI and the media frequently take photos/videos of visitors which may be used by COSI and/or its designees in future promotional materials in any media (such as websites, brochures, flyers, blogs, and social media sites). If you are photographed, the photo may be used without your prior consent and without compensation. If you do not want your image used, please avoid the photographer or inform them that you do not wish to be photographed.

COSI Code of Conduct

COSI is a participatory, hands-on environment. We invite you to use the exhibits actively, but with respect. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Disruptive behavior, vandalism, misuse of exhibits or the building will not be tolerated. Weapons of any kind are not permitted on our property. If you present a danger to other guests or to COSI, you may be removed from the premises without warning or refund. In the event of an emergency, please follow all prompts and directions provided by COSI team members and emergency personnel.