Science Museum Celebrates 40th Birthday

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Big things are in store at the Science Museum as they celebrate the 40th birthday of the museum with an open-house Birthday Party on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

Forty years ago a group of teachers and community volunteers founded what is now the oldest science museum in Virginia to provide informal science experiences and to enhance education in the classroom. Soon that small “home-grown” organization transformed into a larger institution with a Planetarium and wide selection of interactive exhibits. The Science Museum of Western Virginia is now one of fewer than 5% of science and technology centers in the U.S. nationally accredited by the American Association of Museums.

During its 40-year history, the Science Museum of Western Virginia has served millions of visitors, strengthening education and economic development throughout the region.  Through hands-on exhibits, programs, and wide-screen films, the Museum nurtures lifelong learning and a greater understanding of science and technology among visitors of all ages.

Their extensive SOL-compliant education programs serve over 50,000 school children each year from 40 school districts – enriching lives and providing an amazing hands-on experience where science, fun, learning, and career preparation go hand in hand.

The museum will celebrate its birthday on Sunday September 12th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There will be free admission, a Dino Dig, two showings of “Dinosaurs Alive Mega-Dome Movie” at a reduced price of $2.00 (showings at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm), face painting and ice cream and cake.