The Museum of Discovery has big plans in store to celebrate its 95th anniversary this year.
A full year of events, activities and new exhibits awaits visitors to the downtown museum, which in fact marks two milestones in 2022: 95 years since the museum was founded 1927 by Bernie Babcock and 10 years since it reopened following a $9.2 million renovation with a new focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
This year also marks the MoD's continued efforts to rebuild after a burst pipe in 2021 caused massive damages. Read more about that here.
"Very few nonprofit institutions that double as education centers and tourist attractions have made it 95 years," says CEO Kelley Bass.
"Now we are prepared to position the Museum of Discovery for an even brighter future by transforming four of our five galleries. And we can’t wait to see how far forward those investments will propel us – and the experience they will help us provide our guests.”
Those transformations include a new two-story climbing structure set to debut this fall, and in 2023, full renovations to the WoW Gallery and Room to Grow, plus all new exhibits in the Science Lab and Dynamic Earth galleries.
Celebrations will take place throughout 2022 with a birthday bash-themed Science After Dark on March 31, multiple giveaways and the inaugural Bernie Babcock Brunch on June 11 benefiting the MoD’s Girls in STEM program.