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INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films.
The Museum of Discovery and Science has contributed significantly to the revitalization of the Arts and Science District in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Consisting of 119,000 square feet of interior space, the 300-seat AutoNation IMAX Theater, and an open-air Grand Atrium featuring the Great Gravity Clock, the Museum features dynamic interactive exhibits in the natural and physical sciences and a large array of programs designed to serve diverse audiences. The Museum regularly serves over 400,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County. Last year, the Museum served 90,000 students on school-sponsored field trips plus an additional 60,000 school-age children visiting with friends and family. The ability of the Museum to entertain and educate children and adults through immersive exhibits, engaging educational programming and films, and a live animal collection adds immeasurably to the region’s educational resources.
The Museum began its history as the Discovery Center, a hands-on museum of art, science and history, in 1977 in the historic New River Inn. Over the course of the next few years, several other historic buildings became part of the Museum’s complex. 1980 video of the Discovery Center.
By 1986, community demand had far exceeded the Museum’s capabilities in the small complex. With an eye toward growth, the Museum aggressively sought inclusion of $8 million in the City’s General Obligation Bond and mounted a community-wide educational campaign to assure its passage. The Bond passed successfully by a wide voter margin. Armed with this broad-based community support, the Museum then generated $13.6 million in philanthropy and $11 million in state funding to complete its $32.6 million capital campaign. These investments completed funding for the new Museum of Discovery and Science and Blockbuster IMAX Theater, and funded a $3 million permanent endowment. The IMAX Theater was renamed the AutoNation IMAX Theater in 2007 in recognition of a major gift.
Such strong support for the project on the local, regional, statewide and national levels resulted in the Museum being the only debt-free, major cultural institution to open in greater Fort Lauderdale in the past 25 years. Upon completion of the capital campaign, the new Museum opened on November 21, 1992, meeting the increasing demands for informal science education and cultural experiences in South Florida. Attendance topped the one million mark in less than two years. In 1996, major additional capital funds were invested in upgrading the IMAX Theater to include 3D projection capability. Numerous community partners, both corporate and institutional, joined with the Museum to extend its reach and effectiveness. 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum of Discovery and Science.