Mini scientists won’t have to travel to Richmond anymore to experience the Science Museum of Virginia.
The Virginia General Assembly approved its fiscal year 2020 budget in late February, which includes $2.3 million to initiate the design of a regional science center in Dulles.
Developed in partnership with the Fairfax-based Children’s Science Center, the new STEM-focused development will be an extension of the Science Museum of Virginia, which has locations in Richmond and Danville.
The Children’s Science Center in Dulles is estimated to see 300,000 guests annually, and will be located on donated land at the Kincora development. It will also be 10 times the size of the Fair Oaks Mall Children’s Science Center.
The total cost of the science center is estimated to be over $70 million, with public partners supporting two-thirds of the funding. The remaining funds will be secured through private donations.
In the near future, a new name and brand identity will be developed for the science center, and architects and engineers will be commissioned for designing the facilities and exhibits.
For more information, visit childsci.org and smv.org.
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