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Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Phone: 203-372-3521

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium's mission is to educate, excite, and engage visitors in the exploration of science, technology, and ideas through interactive experiences that promote new insights. The Museum seeks to enhance public understanding of science and technology by providing instructive experiences encouraging participant interaction with hands-on physical science exhibits, Planetarium programs, the Challenger Learning Center and various other educational programs. The Museum provides a broad range of educational programs in science and technology, as well as in the area where the two disciplines interact.

The Museum was founded in 1958 and opened to the public in 1962 as the only non-historical multi-disciplinary Museum in the Greater Bridgeport area. Early exhibits ranged from the natural and physical sciences too decorative and fine arts. During the 1970ís and 1980ís, local manufacturing businesses were, to a large extent, replaced by high technology industries. Faced with the increased concern about science literacy, educators expressed the need for assistance in teaching the physical sciences. In response to community needs, the Board of Trustees redefined the mission of the Museum to focus on two distinct areas: Science and Technology. A master plan was developed which included the renovation of the facility, installation of 55 interactive science exhibits, and improved gallery space.



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