CLEVELAND (June 3, 2024) – Great Lakes Science Center is proud to partner with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Supporting Foundation to present guests with eight opportunities to experience the museum for FREE through the end of 2024.
A generous $200,000 grant from the Mandel Supporting Foundation will fund eight Mandel Free Days which include free general admission for guests of all ages. The first four dates, subject to change, will be Sunday, June 23; Monday, July 15; Sunday, August 4; and Sunday, August 18. The remaining dates will be announced later this summer.
“The Mandel Foundation looks to increase community access to prominent institutions like the Great Lakes Science Center,” said Dr. Jehuda Reinharz, President and CEO of the Mandel Foundation. “Our hope is that the Mandel Free Days will allow Northeast Ohio residents to engage in educational experiences that cultivate curiosity and encourage critical thinking.”

“We are extremely grateful for the foundation’s support of eight free admission days,” said Science Center President and CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen. “This gift demonstrates the foundation’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for all and inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals.”
General admission at the Science Center includes the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, the Polymer Funhouse (for those 7 and younger), special programming, and hundreds of hands-on and interactive science exhibits.
Special programming for future dates will be announced at a later date.

About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is one of the top ten museums in the nation as celebrated by the 2024 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Science Museum. The Science Center hosted Total Eclipse Fest in 2024, one of the largest free eclipse events in the country, and is home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, historic Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, earned a 2023 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, a leading provider of insight and data about the non-profit world. The Science Center is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Visit for more information.

About the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Supporting Foundation
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel established their first foundation in 1953 in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Their philanthropic legacy is continued through the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Supporting Foundation. The work of the Foundations is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are key to improving society and the lives of people around the world. The Foundations have identified five areas of engagement that receive support, which include: leadership development, management of nonprofits, humanities, Jewish life and urban engagement. For more information, please visit