Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary | Arts & Culture
The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is beginning its 60th anniversary with a big bash on Jan. 15, but it doesn't stop there. It will continue celebrating with a year-long retrospective of great scientific milestones.
Each weekend in 2011, The Discovery Museum, located at 3615 Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento, will feature a particular science milestone from the past 60 years. A lot has happened since 1951 – including Sputnik, the Moon Race, the first computers, decoding DNA, the Internet – and tons more.
A new exhibit, Space Quest, opening January 15, will include hands-on space science experiments, an Astronaut Training Center where visitors can experience physical activities similar to those used to train NASA recruits, and exhibits about the solar system and the universe. The exhibit will be up until the middle of August.
One more big thing on the horizon for The Discovery Museum is a new home. A big move is planned for 2013, with a corresponding name change to the Powerhouse Science Center. Situated in the Sacramento River District off Jibboom Street, at the historic PG&E Power Station B site, the Powerhouse Center will serve as a model for 21st-century experiential education in science, math, technology, engineering, and space, and be utilized as a field trip destination for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students from throughout the region.