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About-Us

Fact Sheet

Thank you for your interest in Science Central.

Facility:

  • 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
  • Completed a $1.6 million capital campaign in 2013, the first expansion since opening
  • Undergoing a $2+ million Capital Campaign to install the region's only public planetarium
  • Replaced original exhibits on Lower Level in 2018

Budget:

  • Nearly $1.9M
  • About 55% of the operating budget came from earned revenue and 45% from unearned
  • Receive no annual government funds for general operations, unlike other U.S. science centers
  • Debt-free since 2012
  • Net Assets of $5.6 million, including nearly $1 million invested
  • Currently initiating an Endowment

Visitors:

  • Over 2.7 million people, including on-site and outreach visitation, have been served since 1995
  • Annual measureable impact of 140,000+ people
  • Visitors came from 22 states
  • 49% of general public visitors and 82% of school groups were from outside Allen County
  • Off-site/outreach programs visited 24 counties around the tri-state region
  • Almost 750,000 people have been served through outreach programs since opening
  • Approximately 2,300+ Memberships

Distinctions:

  • 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
  • Voted 4th Best Indiana Museum by the Indiana Department of Tourism in 2018
  • 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

Programs:

  • Student study trips, demonstrations, labs, outreach, birthday parties, science camps, teacher training, scout programs, overnights, science competitions, adult programs, themed festivals, homeschool activities
  • Specialized training workshops for over 8,000 pre-service and in-service teachers since opening          
  • 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
  • Host Special Abilities Days for visitors with disabilities
  • Host free and reduced admission days

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 approximately 60 people
  • Approximately 300 active volunteers