HeyStamford.com: Stamford Museum and Nature Center Break Ground on New Planetarium & Astronomy Center

HeyStamford: Bringing us from October’s Telescope Extraction into the Future

BY PJ KENNEDY   | Read original story on HeyStamford.com

The community gathered at the former site of the abandoned Stamford Observatory this week to mark a special occasion! 

Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons, area legislators, and community leaders joined Melissa Mulrooney, CEO of the the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and representatives of both the SM&NC’s board of Directors to break ground on a new Planetarium and Astronomy Center, the second major signature venue to be added to the SM&NC’s 118-acre campus in the last five years. 

We were on hand last fall as the team took the first step, removing the historic 22-inch Gregory-Maksutov Telescope from the observatory to pave the way for demolition which occurred earlier this week. 

At nearly 11,000 sq. ft, the new Planetarium & Astronomy Center will feature: 

  • 100-seat Planetarium Theater 
  • Open-Air, Roll-Back Roof Observation Deck with Lunar & Solar Telescopes
  • State-0f-the-art Science Technology 
  • Welcoming Lobby Gallery
  • Two School & Community Classrooms
  • Scenic Outdoor Terraces
  • Astronomy & Technology Offices 

In addition to being a cultural attraction, the facility will serve as a center for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and astronomy, and math) education. 

The new enue will unite new and existing SM&NC Planetarium, Observatory, and Astronomy programs under one roof for the first time, establishing a new signature venue and destination. 

The Planetarium & Astronomy Center and the Knobloch Family Farmhouse, which opened in 2018, are part of the SM&NC’s visionary master plan to build future capacity for the museum’s educational and public spaces. 

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is expecting the Planetarium & Astronomy Center to open in September/October 2024.

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road. For more information visit: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

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