miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science

15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, New York 12308
Phone: 518-382-7890
Fax: 518-382-7893
Chris Hunter - 518-382-7890 x241 - [email protected]

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science


miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, is a dynamic destination which celebrates science, invention, and imagination. miSci explores the area's rich technological heritage, with some of the region's finest interactive exhibits and a research archive; a must-see for families, tourists, area residents, and other visitors.

The miSci Archives contains manuscript collections, photographs, trade literature, and other materials relating to the history of General Electric and Schenectady. The Archives was formed in 1997 through the merger of miSci and the Hall of Electrical History and is open to the public Monday through Friday. A highlight of the collection is the General Electric Photograph Collection, a collection of nearly 2 million images that depicts the development of the electrical industry and 20th century American life.

The Archives is more than just photographs. There are manuscript collections highlighting Thomas Edison and the founding and early history of GE. Papers from Gerard Swope and Owen D. Young, President and Chairman of GE from 1922-1939 and 1942-1944, highlight the welfare capitalism of the 1920s. Other collections highlight the GE Research Laboratory and radio station WGY. There are also books and periodicals, including a complete run of the GE Schenectady Works News, the employee newsletter for GE's Schenectady Works, as well as a collection of 1,500 motion picture films created by GE.

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science is a member of the Capital District Library Council.


Black and white photograph

The collection explores the role of African Americans in the General Electric workforce.

Capital District Radio and Television Broadcasting

This is a collection of images and media documenting the rich history of radio and television broadcasting in the Albany region.

GE Research Lab Photographs

This collection contains images documenting the inventors and inventions of the GE Research Laboratory from 1900 - 1990.

General Electric Audio Recordings

Wide-ranging collection of General Electric-related audio recordings.

General Electric Historical Documents

The collection features text documents highlighting the history of General Electric and its founders.

General Electric Photographs

This collection contains General Electric publicity photographs taken between 1880 - 1970.

Black and white photograph

The collection documents General Electric's Americanization program, which existed from 1919 to 1931. 

Cathedral radio

Selected objects from miSci’s collection of 15,000 science and technology artifacts.

New York Heritage Logo in Greyscale

Records of the Capital District chapter of the Federation of American Scientists, which explores and promotes the role of scientists and engineers in society. 

Nancy Fitzroy standing between two seated male colleagues at the GE Research Center. There is a chalkboard with writing on it behind them.

Papers of one of the first female engineering graduates of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1949.