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Detroit Science Center

Founded in 1970 by Dexter Ferry, the center is now named the Michigan Science Center.  In 1978, the center was relocated to its current location at the Midtown Cultural Center and designed by master architect William Kessler of Detroit-based William Kessler Associates.

 After losing funding from the State of Michigan, the center closed in 1990, yet re-opened in 1991 and operated until 1999, when they closed for renovation and expansion – tripling their exhibit space and adding a new theatre and performance space.  In April 2008, the center created a college-prep charter school, University Prep Science & Math Middle School on its downtown campus.  The prep-school facility has classrooms, a gymnasium with locker rooms, food service, offices, and shares conference space and the lobby with the science center.

In September 2011, the center closed its doors due to monetary issues, yet opened again in late 2012, its name changed to the Michigan Science Center.  Through interactive and hands-on exhibits, the Michigan Science Center offers programs that inspire children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology and math in a fun, dynamic learning environment.

Written by Stacy Newman

 


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