Powerhouse Science Center
Powerhouse Science Center is a children and family-focused educational institution dedicated to enriching the lives of visitors of all ages by introducing and encouraging the exploration of science and space. We have a commitment to providing hands-on learning experiences to demonstrate scientific principles and offer an emphasis on career choices within the science and health communities.
|Address:||3615 Auburn Blvd. |
Sacramento, CA 95821
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
|Primary NTEE:||Arts,Culture & Humanities|
|Sub NTEE:||Science & Technology Museums|
- Moved to current quarters on Auburn Avenue in 1976 as Sacramento Science Center.
- Joined with history museum in 1985 officially as Sacramento Museum of History, Science & Technology, but known as Discovery Museum Science & Space Center with the addition of the Challenger Learning Center in 1989.
- In 2004, began planning for next transformation to the Powerhouse Science Center in downtown Sacramento; amicable split with History Museum in 2007.
- Serving 80,000 visitors per year from 17 California counties, including more than 50,000 schoolchildren.
- Now, due to the demands of a community eager to learn about new science technologies and methodologies, the Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus has outgrown its current facility, and over the next two years, will transition to a new facility, the historic PG&E Power Station on the Sacramento River. Visitor volume is expected to increase to approximately 250,000 annual visitors due to freeway and public transit access, proximity to other tourist destinations, and larger, more appropriately configured facilities.
Our top needs:
- Funding: Program - Outreach Initiative: funding needed for vehicle and increased staffing needs
- Funding: Program - Teen Explainer: resources to launch new program
- Funding: Program - Design Lab: resources/materials/space to launch new program
- Funding: Unrestricted - Capacity building
- Technology - Improved wi-fi capabilities and computers