On February 8, 1957, a newspaper article detailed plans for a $28,000 nature center designed as a 38 by 80 foot building at Country Park. On October 5 of that same year, the Greensboro Junior Museum (now Greensboro Science Center) opened its doors for the very first time.
Since those humble beginnings, the Greensboro Science Center has gone through numerous expansions and renovations, resulting in a 22-acre destination for science education. And we consider this just the beginning!
Over the past 60 years, we have been incredibly blessed to have the support of so many wonderful members of our community. It is because of YOU – our members, donors, voters and advocates – that we have been able to continue to grow and consistently bring amazing educational experiences to the people of Greensboro and beyond. Here are a few examples of what we’ve been able to accomplish together so far:
1957 – Greensboro Junior Museum opened
1960 – The Junior League relinquished operations to the City of Greensboro
1973 – Greensboro Country Park Zoo opened
1975 – Greensboro Country Park Zoo expansion opened (included puma, bobcat and bear exhibits)
1976 – Edward R. Zane Planetarium Environmental Theater opened
1981 – Dinosaur gallery opened
1989 – The City of Greensboro and the Natural Science Center of Greensboro Board of Trustees entered into a public/private partnership
2000 – A $3.5M bond to expand the Center passed with an overwhelming 72% vote
2007 – Animal Discovery Zoo opened
2008 – OmniSphere Theater opened
2009 – A $20M bond passed to continue expansion and renovation
2011-2012 – HealthQuest, new robotics labs, Adventure Theaters, Extreme Weather Gallery opened
2013 – The Natural Science Center of Greensboro became the Greensboro Science Center
2013 – Carolina SciQuarium opened
2015 – SKYWILD and SciPlay Bay opened
2017 – Aquarium expansion opened; Carolina SciQuarium renamed Wiseman Aquarium
So, what’s next?
November 17, 2017 – Prehistoric Passages: Realm of Dragons will open
2018 – Rotary Carousel will open
By 2020 – Zoo expansion will open
HELP US CELEBRATE!
In honor of this exciting milestone, we invite you to use #GSC60 to share an old photo, a special memory or a creative piece of art inspired by the Greensboro Science Center. Share it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be entered into a drawing for a special prize!
Also, be sure to join us at the 60th Anniversary table at Pumpkin Palooza on October 21. We’ll have raffles, birthday-inspired treats and more!
Thank YOU for your support of 60 years of science education!
Learn more about our future plans and discover ways you can help online at greensboroscience.org/thinkbigtogether