To engage and inspire people of all ages to explore the wonders, possibilities, and responsibilities of science.
Originally founded in 1951 as the California Junior Museum, the Discovery Museum was designed as a space where children could experience science and nature through interactive programs and exhibits. We've operated for 65 years as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, supplying informal science education for 19 counties in the greater Sacramento area. Today, the Powerhouse Science Center is one of the Sacramento region's premier institutions with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and hands-on learning, and we are about to get even better!
THE NEW POWERHOUSE
We have been on a 10 year journey to re-envision the historic PG&E power station, located in downtown Sacramento, as the future site for the new Powerhouse Science Center.
The new Powerhouse is a public/private partnership with a total project cost of approximately $50 million. We are thrilled to announce Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) as our naming rights sponsor.
The new center is the first step in the revitalization of the waterfront, and will bring over 20,000 visitors a month into downtown Sacramento to enjoy - and learn in - our 21st century science center. The new center will have over 22,000 square feet of exhibit space including a full-dome, digital planetarium.
The new center will serve as a regional hub for the promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Sacramento and surrounding counties. Educational programming and exhibit experiences will help shape the next generation workforce -- enabling and promoting innovation.