Funding will provide for the expansion of the Science Discovery Museum Building
BOSTON—Senator Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) and Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) announced that The Discovery Museums received $300K in grant funding for the renovation and expansion of the Science Discovery Museum building.
“I am pleased that The Discovery Museums received this important funding that will enhance science education for the tens of thousands of children from across Massachusetts and beyond who visit The Discovery Museums every year,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge. “Discovery Museums have become a national model for inclusive learning and I’m proud to help support and expand the museums that I loved, growing up in my hometown of Acton.”
“I am thrilled that The Discovery Museums received this funding from the Cultural Facilities Fund,” said Representative Jennifer Benson. “I recently visited the Museums and saw the incredible things they are doing as part of their expansion to provide even more enriching, educational experiences to the children of the Commonwealth. I’m excited to see how they will use these funds to upgrade the Science Discovery Museum.”
“I am delighted that The Discovery Museums received a $300,000 grant for expansion and renovation of the facility,” said Representative Cory Atkins. “Massachusetts Cultural Council’s grant will bolster the Museums’ mission of providing hands-on learning and interactive experiences for children and their families. Such vital public support enhances education and builds communities.”
“A project such as this must have community support as its foundation,” said Discovery Museums CEO Neil Gordon. “We are fortunate to be part of a community that invests in its children, and to have leaders who make it possible for nonprofit institutions to receive essential support.”
Funding was awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund and supports phase two of the Museums’ Master Plan funded by the Campaign for the Discovery Museums. This contribution will be fully matched by the Manton Foundation and will contribute significantly to the renovation and expansion of the Science Discovery Museum building, which was first constructed in 1987. The Acton legislative delegation had secured a $150,000 earmark for The Discovery Museums in the FY16 budget, to support the expansion of the museums, including Discovery Woods, an inclusive and fully-accessible nature playscape and treehouse, opening in July 2016.