The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum located in historic Armory Square in downtown Syracuse. The MOST is focused on dynamic science education that engages learners of all ages and abilities. It features 35,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits plus the state-of-the-art National Grid ExploraDome theatre. The museum operates numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events throughout the year. The MOST’s mission is to provide informal science learning experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage discovery, and inspire investigation. The MOST is open from 9:30 to 5, Thursday through Sunday, and is open for most school holidays and breaks.

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MOST President Lauren Kochian

Lauren Kochian is the president of the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), a position she’s held since 2018. Prior to her appointment as president, Lauren championed the MOST Foundation and museum operations efforts as executive vice president. She has more than 20 years of fund development, marketing, and public relations experience. Lauren is the fourth president of the MOST and the second woman to head the museum. Under her leadership, the museum has seen significant growth and investment, dramatic increases in attendance, and new strategic partnerships with myriad organizations, including Micron. She has overseen the development of new dynamic exhibits and diverse programming that expands access to the MOST for all Central New Yorkers. Programming focuses primarily on introducing kids to STEM careers, especially underrepresented groups such as women and minorities.

Her previous roles include marketing and development for Arc of Onondaga and Syracuse Stage, and public relations for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Kochian also serves on the board of the Arts & Culture Leadership Alliance and the advisory council of Golisano Children’s Hospital.

A Syracuse native, Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School and a master’s degree in media management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School & Whitman School of Management.