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The Arizona Science Center is undergoing a major renovation this summer and the improvements are hard to miss. Those familiar with the design of the unique downtown landmark will notice the extensive changes to the exterior of the structure, while inside three new permanent galleries are being constructed. Work began in May and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Funding for the project came from a voter-approved bond initiative in 2006 and will include a complete overhaul of the lobby, designed to improve ADA access and will provide an air-conditioned visitor queuing area. Improvements to the exhibit galleries are being financed via The Future of Education is Science capital and endowment program.
The Science Center remains open during construction currently utilizing a temporary entrance located off 5th Street between Washington and Monroe; signs are posted in the Heritage Square Garage to assist visitors. The Center maintains a detailed “Construction Updates” web page with live construction video, project information and previews of attractions to come. For more information on the renovation or current attractions at the Science Center, please visit: Arizona Science Center – construction updates.