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Arizona Science Center began in 1980 as a pilot science center by the Junior League of Phoenix and opened its doors to the public in 1984 as a small 10,000 square foot storefront exhibition space located in the parking garage level of the downtown Phoenix Hyatt. The museum saw more than 87,000 visitors during its first year of operations and reached more than 750,000 children and adults during its 13-year history. Some of the original hands-on exhibits are still found in the Center today.

Due to growth in attendance, the new Arizona Science Center opened its 120,000 square-foot facility to the public in April 1997. A new, voter-approved expansion of 22,500 square feet opened in October 2004, including additional classroom and gallery space. Current facilities include more than 40,000 square-feet of gallery space containing more than 300 hands-on exhibits; an IMAX Theater seating 285; a multi-media Dorrance Planetarium seating 200; a suite of classrooms; amenities including a gift shop, food service and lunchroom; and support facilities.

The renovation beginning in 2006 brought the IMAX Theater, NanoSeam Dome and Digistar3 projection and sound capabilities in the Dorrance Planetarium, Forces of Nature, My Digital World and Get Charged Up! and new permanent exhibition galleries.

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