Written by The Business Journal Staff
Organizers aims to raise $1 million to overhaul the 62-year-old museum and enhance its appeal to new generations of Valley children.
The Discovery Center, located at 1944 N. Winery, off of McKinley Avenue near Fresno Yosemite International Airport, is a non-profit children’s science and natural history museum. It was founded in 1954 as the Fresno Jr. Museum of Science and Natural History.
The five-acre museum features a park, Gemini space capsule, cactus garden, reptiles and small animals. Current exhibits invite children to explore Native American artifacts, space, volcanos, geology, botany, anatomy, electricity, and music and sound.
Home Depot employee volunteers recently repainted and spruced up landscaping around the building, but the old site is in need of a major renovation.
Donations will help pay for new, interactive exhibits inside the museum and property improvements to the building and grounds.
Plans call for hands-on math and science labs, a stage and theater, reading tree exhibits, a child-sealed city complete with doctor, dentist and veterinarian offices, a bank, mechanic’s station, farm and market. Proposed exterior exhibits include water features, a paleontology dino dig, play structure and amphitheater.
MOMS Club has partnered with Seattle’s Portico Group, designer of the award-winning Encounter Africa and Sea Lion Cove exhibits at Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo, to develop these interactive displays.
To donate to the Fresno Discovery Center, visit gofundme.com/the-discovery-center.