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Science Central recognizes that our Mission to be a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages is as important as your health and safety.

As we begin making plans, with the goal of being able to reopen soon, Science Central is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and our visitors, even as we navigate through this challenging time.

Upon reopening we would hope that your families and friends see us as a safe and engaging venue of informal science education. Let’s all use the best defense we have, knowledge. Let’s remember that the COVID-19 virus is still with us and just as concerning as before the state put into place a measured return to a ‘new’ normal. Join with us in fighting this international crisis.

We encourage our community to be aware of your behavior, be safe in your interactions and know what your choices are before engaging. Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face

Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19

Science Cenral Staff

UPDATE 5/18/2020:  Onsite Summer STEM Camps from June 8th through June 28th have been canceled, but we are offering new activities. These will include science kits you can do at home as well as live interaction with Science Central educators. If you are registered for any of these programs you will be contacted soon!


Updated 5/8/2020.

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Located in the historic former City Light and Power building, built in 1929, Science Central is the region’s only interactive science center. Our colorful and interesting building is the perfect backdrop for intimate gatherings, family reunions, professional meetings, receptions, or large galas. An event at Science Central will create memories your guests will talk about for years!

Our professional staff is here to ensure that you have a perfect event. You’ll have access to plenty of free parking, event staffing, catering, tables and chairs, A/V equipment, Educator-guided live interactive demonstrations, and fun exhibits.

Plan your next event amidst the ambiance of local history and innovation at Science Central, Fort Wayne's most unique event space!

Science On a Sphere Rental!

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Area: Area Capacity: Includes:
All of Science Central 500+ Science On a Sphere, Cafeteria and Demo Theater, Kids Central
Top Level  300+ Science On a Sphere and Kids Central
Lower Level 200 Cafeteria and Demo Theater
Science On a Sphere 65 AEP Foundation Theater Only (no food)

 Other areas available, contact us for more information

Rates include:

• Set-up time before and tear-down time after your event.FlamingDrink Gala
• Trash clean-up
• An Event Coordinator from our staff
• Staff to present fun programs and exhibit interpretation
• Gift Store
• Available equipment (may be subject to deposit)

Our Event Coordinator will work with you to ensure that your event needs are met.
Set-up times for your event will vary, based upon the event itself and on other activities within the building that day.  
Law enforcement officers (one per each 100 guests) are required for events where alcohol will be served.  
Their rate is $30 per hour per officer.  Science Central will coordinate scheduling and payments to the officer(s) for you.  This cost will be added to your event fee.

Science Central has some basic rental supplies (tables, chairs, audio-visual equipment) that may be used at no charge, based upon availability.

ChefsAtTable GalaOur staff will assist with A/V equipment operations at no additional charge.  We cannot guarantee that our equipment will meet your needs, and recommend that you preview everything at Science Central before the day of your event.  We can provide contact information for more specialized furniture, decorations, or equipment requirements.  Lower Level and All Building Rentals will include use of the Demonstration Theater and the Cafeteria, and might include the Classroom and the Traveling Exhibitions Gallery.  The Touring Exhibitions Gallery is a flexible space, and may be available to you either filled with exhibits (based on exhibit schedules) or empty for banquets or receptions.  However, due to the changing use of that room, the Touring Exhibitions Gallery may not be available for every Lower Level Rental or All Building Rental.