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Due to health concerns associated with the Coronavirus, Science Central will temporarily close to the public, and is cancelling all programs, events and outreaches starting Wednesday, March 18th. We hope to re-open on Wednesday, April 15th.

We did not make this decision easily. As a science-based, educational institution, the management team feels this action is in the best interest of our visitors, staff and volunteers. It is the responsibility of everyone to help reduce the spread of the virus.

If you were scheduled for any upcoming programs, we will contact you in a separate communication, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

We look forward to re-opening soon!

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