COSI's first 10 years in its new digs haven't gone as expected ...

Miranda Shapter pedals through the air on the "skycycle" at COSI Columbus. The 15-year-old Columbus resident was on a field trip to the science museum with her Graham School classmates. Read more
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Christine

Columbus, OH

#126 Nov 16, 2009
As a longtime visitor of the old Cosi, and a previous volunteer at the new Cosi, I have to say that while the old Cosi will always hold a special place in my heart, the new Cosi has improved dramatically in the 10 years it's been open. I started volunteering in June of 2000 and the last time I volunteered was December of 2004. Just in my few years volunteering at Cosi, the changes and improvements that were made helped dramatically. Yes, the walls are white. But the carpet is all sorts of colors!:) Don't get me wrong, there are parts of the old Cosi that I miss, like the coal mine. And there are parts of the new Cosi that I miss, like Adventure and the old location of the Space exhibit. But that doesn't mean that I'm going to give up on Cosi! What horrifies me are all of the people who went to Cosi in the new building once 8 or more years ago who hated it instantly and gave up hope. If you haven't been to Cosi in the last year, you don't have a right to complain about how awful it is. I visit Cosi now about once or twice a year, and everytime I go back, there's something new and different. If you take a harder look, I bet that many of the things from the old Cosi that you missed are in the new building. Rat basketball is still around. The pendulum is back in the atrium like it was at 280. Give it a chance!

I can't really speak about the ticket prices because I have a lifetime membership (thanks to my aunt, who was one of the original volunteers at the old Cosi) but I will say this: if you're the type of person/family who travels, a Cosi membership is valid at numerous other science museums across the country. I've used it at so many other places for either free or discounted admission. I wouldn't trade my little green membership card for anything in the world!

Think of Cosi like a car. Picture your very first car. It was probably old and worn down, but you loved it because of the memories you have involving it. Maybe it drove you to high school or took you to college. It was your foundation - what got you started. Then one day, it wasn't meeting your needs. Maybe you got married and started a family and a two-seater just wasn't cutting it anymore! So you got a new car. It's shiny and clean and... sterile! It may take some getting used to, but after awhile it doesn't feel like a 'new car' anymore. It feels like your car.:)
Steph

Marion, OH

#127 Nov 16, 2009
I can certainly appreciate the opinions from people out of town who do enjoy the new COSI. Having something is better than nothing, I suppose. Even so, I knew and loved the old COSI. I loved going as a kid. There was so much to see and do everywhere you turned, and the old building had charachter. The caboose and coal mine and presidents and even that big bubbley molecule thing you could climb through... it makes me sad that those were left behind. The streets of yesteryear were my absolute favorite... learning how to make those cool little whistles was always the highlight of my trip. There were so many little quirky things to see and do that made COSI so great. And even though many exhibits did make the move, they've lost that special touch in the new COSI.

I'm not sure I agree with the car analogy. Sure, when I get a new car, it takes some getting used to and it does feel kind of weird. But when I pay to upgrade to something new, I expect to get all the old features I loves along with some pretty cool new things. Paying more for a watered down version of something beloved just doesn't make sense. I've taken my toddler a couple times, and I don't think I'll return. My husband and I did buy a membership, but we never felt like there was any reason to go back, so we let it lapse. I really wanted to love the new COSI, but it doesn't feel like a place where I can take my child to make his own fond childhood memories.
Tro_dat

New York, NY

#129 Mar 28, 2011
I miss the old COSI. My mother was sick in 1999 from cancer and was going through treatments. When she got out of rehab she just wanted to go to COSI and see the new exhibts. I remember her saying it looked like she was still in the hospital because it was nothing but white walls. She was so upset that she just wanted to leave. We never went back.
Rick

Columbus, OH

#130 Jul 8, 2014
Just visited for first and last time. Too expensive and boring. An hour after we were here I knew I had wasted my money. Kids didn't like it and all I could think about the whole time is where were we going to go eat afterwards. Trust me save your money.

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