|Location||Greensboro, North Carolina, USA|
|Annual visitors||320,000 (2011) |
|Major exhibits||OmniSphere Theater, Animal Discovery Zoological Park, Wiseman Aquarium|
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).
The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) 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.
As part of a $20 million makeover, the GSC opened Time Warner Cable's Extreme Weather Gallery in May 2011, and the HealthQuest exhibit in June 2011.
The Animal Discovery Zoological Park is home to animals including red pandas, 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 the Friendly Farm, Kavanagh Discovery House and Davis Kelly Fountain of Youth and Discovery.
The Museum includes a temporary dinosaur gallery (until renovations are complete on the permanent dinosaur gallery), SciPlay Bay, Time Warner Cable's Extreme Weather Gallery, HealthQuest, and touch labs that include live snakes, lizards, and invertebrates.
The OmniSphere Theater is a full dome theater where visitors experience everything from the stars to coral reefs in 2D and 3D.
In 2009, Greensboro voters considered a $20 million bond referendum for the Natural Science Center. $10 million was used for the SciQuarium, a 250,000 gallon aquarium with more than 75 species of animals and a stingray touch tank. $10 million is planned for renovations and expansions of existing parts of the GSC. The master plan for this renovation was developed with the help of Cambridge Seven Associates and Moser-Mayer Phoenix & Associates, and phase 1 (the 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."
The dinosaur and mineral galleries are currently closed for renovation of a new Prehistoric passages.