St. Louis Science Center becomes Smithsonian Institution Affilia -

St. Louis Science Center becomes Smithsonian Institution Affiliate

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St. Louis, MO ( – The St. Louis Science Center has been named the first Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in the St. Louis area.

Affiliation to the Smithsonian provides access to the institution’s artifacts, traveling exhibits and educational collaborations locally and nationally.

The president and CEO of the Science Center said the affiliation will help attract visitors.

“We are very pleased to join the ranks of some very distinguished organizations and institutions across the country,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. “Having the opportunity to share Smithsonian artifacts, including space capsules, aircraft and rare minerals with our visitors will help to spark interest and excitement in science and the important role it plays in our lives.”

The national outreach program has just over 200 affiliates in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama. The Science Center is the second in the state of Missouri to become an affiliate, joining the American Jazz Museum located in Kansas City,

Through the affiliation, the Science Center will also be able to offer its members a Smithsonian Affiliate Membership. This membership provides several benefits from travel and study tour opportunities to free admission to Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and a discount on all IMAX tickets at the Smithsonian.

The big announcement comes as the Science Center is preparing to open its first major addition since 1991, a permanent exhibit called GROW. GROW will provide an immersive experience on the science behind the journey of food, from farm to fork and is just another example of what Vescolani considers the Science Center’s commitment to learning.

“Science is constantly evolving,” Vescolani said. “By providing new and engaging exhibits and experiences to our visitors, we are fulfilling our commitment to igniting and sustaining life-long science and technology learning.”

More information about the Smithsonian Affiliations program and Affiliate activity is available at

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