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Greensboro Science Center

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Date opened  1957
Memberships  AZA, AAM
Area  11 ha
Annual visitors  320,000 (2011)
Opened  1957
Phone  +1 336-288-3769
Greensboro Science Center
Location  Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Major exhibits  OmniSphere Theater, Animal Discovery Zoological Park, Carolina SciQuarium
Website  www.greensboroscience.org
Address  4301 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455, USA
Hours  Closed now Thursday9AM–5PMFriday9AM–5PMSaturday9AM–5PMSunday9AM–5PMMonday9AM–5PMTuesday9AM–5PMWednesday9AM–5PM
Notable animals  Enrique, Bertha, Bone-Crusher, Tom
Exhibits  The OmniSphere Theater, The Museum, Animal Discovery Zoological Park
Similar  Greensboro Children's Museum, Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe, The Bog Garden, Guilford Courthouse National, Tanger Family Bicenten
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The Greensboro Science Center (formerly known as the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, originally the Greensboro Junior Museum) is a science museum and zoological park established in 1957 and located in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. It has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2008, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

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History

The center was established in 1957 as the Greensboro Junior Museum. By its 40th anniversary in 1997, it was attracting some 200,000 visitors each year, and attendance has continued to grow to 430,000 as of 2014.

The current executive director, Glenn Dobrogosz, was hired in 2004

The facility received accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008.

As part of a $20 million makeover, the zoo opened Time Warner Cable's Extreme Weather Gallery in May 2011, and the HealthQuest exhibit in June 2011.

Attractions

The Animal Discovery Zoological Park is home to animals including tigers, Bennett's wallabies, white-nosed coati, meerkats, black howler monkeys, and Nile crocodiles, and is designed to showcase the "Science of Survival." Attractions within the zoo include Friendly Farm, Kavanagh Discovery House. and the Davis Kelly Fountain of Youth and Discovery.

The Museum includes a dinosaur gallery with a roaring Tyrannosaurus rex model, a Gem and Mineral Gallery, Kid's Alley, Time Warner Cable's Extreme Weather Gallery, HealthQuest, and touch labs that include live snakes, amphibians, and sea animals.

The OmniSphere Theater is a full dome theater where visitors experience everything from the stars to coral reefs in 3D.

The Carolina SciQuarium is an aquarium that features animals including stingrays, African penguins, otters, fishing cats, sharks, mata matas, and moray eels.

Plans for the Future

In 2009, Greensboro voters considered a $20 million bond referendum for the Natural Science Center. $10 million was planned for SciQuarium, a 250,000 gallon aquarium, more than 75 species of animals, and a stingray touch tank. $10 million is planned for renovations and expansions of existing parts of the center. The master plan for this renovation was developed with the help of Cambridge Seven Associates and Moser-Mayer Phoenix & Associates, and phase 1 (the Carolina SciQuarium) opened in the summer of 2013. Phase 2 will include updates to the current museum, and phase 3 will include new animals in an exhibit called "Endangered Species Village."

References

Greensboro Science Center Wikipedia


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