published on February 23, 2017 - 7:31 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Fresno Discovery Center will be closed Feb. 25 to March 25 as new exhibits are installed and the building is revamped.

A fresh look and new educational exhibits will be unveiled at an adult-only fundraising event “A Night At The Museum” on March 25. Debut attractions will include a green screen room, egg shooter, medical office, and earthquake table and energy center.

MOMS Club Fresno North has led fundraising efforts for the renovations and its members say this is just the first phase of refurbishing the museum.

“We are excited to implement this first phase of the museum,” MOMS Club President Anna McMurray said in a statement. “Our club has been working hard on this amazing project for a year and a lot of great changes will be made, but we still need a lot more funding.”

Museum experts estimate it would take about $4 million to transform the museum into the state-of-the-art facility that Fresno deserves.

“This is the first phase of many that is going to bring a bigger and bolder museum and discovery yard,” Discovery Center President Gary Pigg said in a statement. “Working with MOMS Club has given us huge momentum in our continued efforts to provide families experiences in the powerful hands-on scientific learning that happens here every day.”

Although the museum will be closed to the public during renovations, previously scheduled school field trips will continue during the shutdown. The children’s museum will reopen to the public March 26.

To support the Fresno Discovery Center’s renovation efforts, donate via GoFundMe, sponsor an exhibit, buy tickets to “A Night At the Museum,” donate supplies needed on the wish list, or volunteer.

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