The Ferry Family Foundation donated $2.5 million to establish the Detroit Science Center, which occupied a small storefront.
The center underwent an extensive, $30 million renovation and expansion from July 2000 to July 2001, which added 40,000 square feet of new space.
The Detroit Science Center was closed in 1991 due to state funding cuts. To raise money to reopen, the institution rented out the center and sold an adjacent plot of land for the construction of the Dr. Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History securing a 1992 reopening of the Center.
The Science Center includes a domed IMAX theatre, a Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, Ford Learning Resource Center, the DTE Energy Sparks Theater, the DaimlerChrysler Science Stage, an 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits, five exhibit laboratories, and a Special Events lobby.
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