Photo: Roberto GonzalezThe museum recently added an 11,000-sq.-ft. Kids Town area.
Central Florida Roundup
The science of rebuilding Orlando's science museum
In February 1997, the Orlando Science Center moved into a striking new home, a $48.7-million building overlooking a park. A state-of-the-art domed theater accompanied four floors of exhibits. More than 800,000 people visited in the first year.
The center quickly transitioned from a community jewel to a white elephant, however. Annual attendance plummeted to less than 300,000. The non-profit began losing money and had to repeatedly ask for funding from city and county leaders.
But today the Orlando Science Center is on the mend, thanks to the leadership of a former AT&T microelectronics engineer and a growing interest in entities that promote math and science education.
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