30th Anniversary

Science Central turns 30 in 2025!

Starting in January, join us for a yearlong celebration of this milestone.


Birthday Countdown
November 5, 2025

How We're Celebrating

Enter the Planetarium!

Set to open by the end of 2024 or early 2025, our brand-new planetarium will make our 30th anniversary that much more special.

Visitors will scout solar systems and navigate nebulas, all from the comfort of a seat in the region’s only public planetarium.


New Exhibition

We’re excited to host Hubble and Webb Space Telescopes: New Views of the Universe from January to September in 2025!

This exhibition, developed by NASA and the Smithsonian, showcases iconic Hubble images, along with data, of planets, galaxies, and many other cosmic entities that have captivated scientists for centuries.

New Views of the Universe also features a section on the James Webb Space Telescope and some of its stunning initial images.


Throwback Merchandise

The bolt is back.

Party like its 1995 with graphic tees, stickers, and more featuring Science Central’s beloved original logo.

Available in our Gift Shop in 2025.


Our History

Use this timeline to see highlights of Science Central’s first 30 years of providing inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages.
Science Central opened to the public.
Sera the Triceratops was installed at our main entrance.
Science Central celebrated its 10th anniversary.
An exhibit dedicated to Fred the Mastodon was unveiled.
Science Central revealed its new (and current) logo.
The grand opening for Science On a Sphere was held.
Science Central celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Lighting was installed to illuminate the building’s iconic smokestacks.
Celebrated the start of work on our planetarium with a groundbreaking ceremony.
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Our Logo

Science Central’s branding has evolved over the course of 30 years.
Here are insights about each of our logos.

Our original logo featured a lightning bolt, stylized in three segments. The decision to highlight electricity was an acknowledgment of Science Central’s building and its history as a power plant.

Our second logo emphasized Science Central’s dedication to tactile learning – to providing visitors with a “hands-on fun” experience. This methodology is what differentiates us from a museum, where exhibits are traditionally out of reach, behind ropes or glass.

Our current logo, designed in 2013, can be perceived as bubbling test tubes, as well as active smokestacks. It establishes Science Central’s identity as a science center while referencing our building’s unique architecture.

Cheers to
30 years!

Celebrate with us in 2025.