Impression 5 Fact Sheet


  • Marilynne Eichinger founded Impression 5 in 1972.
  • Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. Our mission is to facilitate learners in scientific exploration through hands-on exhibits and participatory educational programming.
  • Impression 5 refers to the five senses and the way that each sense is engaged when guests visit.
  • Impression 5 Science Center is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization.
  • Since 1982, Impression 5 has been located on Museum Drive in downtown Lansing. The building was originally used as a lumber mill.
  • For the past 40 years, Impression 5 has served nearly 3 million visitors.


  • An exhibit area that covers more than 25,000 square feet.
  • More than a dozen exhibits feature self-choice, learner-directed activities.
  • A Chemistry Lab that hosts activities such as slime workshops and dry ice demonstrations!
  • Space for school groups, birthday parties, and other parties and events.


  • Volunteer, internship & employment opportunities
  • Educational camps & programs 
  • Homeschool programs
  • Learning About Basic Science (L.A.B.S) camps for winter, spring and summer breaks
  • Overnight Adventures
  • Science on Wheels outreaches
  • School visit and workshops
  • Girl & Boy Scout activities
  • Young child (birth to four years) programs
  • Birthday party and special occasion events


Free admission for two adult family members and all of their children or grandchildren under 18. Free general admission to other ASTC science centers across the globe.

Enhanced Membership: $125

Free admission for two adult family members and all of their children or grandchildren under 18, in addition to one named caregiver. Includes 2 guest admissions with each visit. Free general admission to other ASTC science centers, and discounts on admission to ACM children's museums worldwide.

Elemental Membership: $250

Enjoy all the benefits of Enhanced Membership, plus entry into the Society of Elemental Donors.


  •  Find out about upcoming events, programs, exhibits, and more!
  • Facebook – Currently, around 8,000 “likes”
  • YouTube – Take a virtual tour, watch interviews with Impression 5 staff, see program previews, and see videos L.A.B.S. students have created.
  • Flickr – Photos of Impression 5 events and visitors


Laura Zeller
External Relations Supervisor

Impression 5 Science Center
200 Museum Drive
Lansing, MI 48933

P: 517 485-8116 ext. 123
F: 517 485-8125
(Information on this fact sheet was last updated January 2014)