Science center


Science center

A science centre (English) or science center (American) is a science museum that emphasizes a hands-on approach, featuring interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to experiment and explore.

The first science centre was Urania founded in Berlin in 1888 [http://www.ifh.de/CHEP97/museum.htm] [http://www.ecsite.net/new/blank.asp?type=projects&keyword=history] . The Academy of Science of Saint Louis (founded in 1856) created the Saint Louis Museum of Science and Natural History in 1959 (Saint Louis Science Center), but generally science centres are a product of the 1960s and later. In the United Kingdom, many of them were founded as Millennium projects, with funding from the National Lotteries Fund.

The Pacific Science Center (one of the first to call itself a "science center" rather than a museum) opened in a Seattle World's Fair building in 1962. The first "science center" in the United State was the Science Center of Pinellas County, founded in 1959. The Smithsonian Institution invited visitors into a new Discovery Room in its National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, where they could touch and handle formerly off-limits specimens. In 1969, Oppenheimer's Exploratorium opened in San Francisco, California, and the Ontario Science Centre opened near Toronto, Canada. By the early 1970s, COSI Columbus, then known as the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, had run its first "camp-in."

It did not take long for these new-style museums to band together for mutual support. In 1971, 16 museum directors gathered to discuss the possibility of starting a new association — one more specifically tailored to their needs than the existing American Association of Museums. The Association of Science-Technology Centers ( [http://www.astc.org ASTC] ) was formally established in 1973. The corresponding European organisation is ECSITE [http://www.ecsite.net] .

ee also

*Science museum (includes a list of science museums and science centers)
*Science festival

External links

* [http://slsc.org Saint Louis Science Center]
* [http://sciencecenternews.wordpress.com Science Center News]
* [http://astc.org Association of Science and Technology Centers]


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