Fact Sheet

Thank you for your interest in Science Central.


  • Opened November 5, 1995 in the historic, iconic former City Light and Power Plant, built in 1929
  • Original renovations and exhibits cost $9 million
  • 70,000 square foot building
  • 35,000-square feet of exhibit space, temporary exhibition area, three classrooms, demonstration theater, gift shop, exhibits repair shop and offices
  • Installed green technology, including energy-efficient lighting and HVAC system
  • Completed a $1.5 million capital campaign in 2013, the first expansion since opening
  • Installed night lighting on the smokestacks in 2015
  • Replaced entire level of original exhibits in 2018


  • Nearly $1.9M
  • In 2017, about 60% of the operating budget came from earned revenue and 40% from unearned
  • Receive no annual government funds for general operations, unlike other U.S. science centers
  • Debt-free since 2012
  • Net Assets of $5M, including $500K invested


  • Over 2.6 million people, including on-site and outreach visitation, have been served since 1995
  • Annual measureable impact of 140,000+ people
  • 45% of general public visitors and 67% of school groups are from outside Allen County
  • Off-site/outreach programs travelled around the tri-state region including 28 Indiana counties
  • Almost 700,000 people have been served through outreach programs since opening
  • Approximately 2,200 Memberships


  • The only science center in the region, and the most-visited Fort Wayne museum
  • Indiana’s first museum-based NOAA’s Science On a Sphere exhibit
  • The only regional site for Great Explorations in Math & Science (GEMS), Project Flying WILD, GSK Science in the Summer, Portal To the Public (PoP) 
  • Partnerships with museums, universities, school districts, radio and television stations, after-school, libraries and government agencies
  • On-site host of Purdue University Fort Wayne NISTEM Program
  • Staff serves on STEM-related boards/committees


  • Student study trips, demonstrations, labs, outreach, birthday parties, science camps, teacher training, scout programs, overnights, student competitions, adult programs, themed festivals, homeschool activities
  • Specialized training workshops for over 7,600 pre-service and in-service teachers          
  • All school programs correlate to Indiana’s State Standards for Science
  • Featured in weekly radio and television segments hosted by the Executive Director
  • Educational Interactive Video Conferencing nationally and internationally
  • Fundraising to build the region’s only public planetarium

Economic Impact:

  • Premier cultural institution improving the local quality of life, attract and retain new businesses and residents, and contribute to the educational development of the region’s future employees
  • Out-of-town visitors annually contribute approximately $1 million to the local economy
  • Provide jobs to 60+ people
  • Nearly 200 active volunteers