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We strive to inspire scientific discovery and love of learning for all by providing intellectual stimulation and enjoyment for children, adults, and educational organizations in northern Minnesota using hands-on science and technology exhibits and programs.
When HSC first opened in July of 1993, exhibits were few and Science Store offerings, though unique in this geographical area, were very meager. HSC sponsored programs for kids and adults, held a mystery festival and an "aeroprop" contest, and provided other activities for families. A large Burmese Python, an Amazon Parrot, a Peach faced Lovebird, and an assortment of other creatures became major attractions. Staff members and volunteers developed small exhibits. HSC was accepted into the NSF sponsored Starlab consortium by New York Hall of Science.
By March 6, 1994, eleven large Science Carnival exhibits arrived from Pacific Science Center and HSC celebrated the formal opening of its exhibit hall. At that time there were two staff members paid by MnCEP, a volunteer director, and many other volunteers working to meet a variety of needs. By September of 1995 the Center had four employees. Since that time, programming and the exhibit floor have dramatically improved as a variety of funds became available and the Science Museum of Minnesota donated exhibits not used in their new facility. HSC initiated purchase of its building in 1994 and completed mortgage payments in 1999. Memberships, entrance fees, donations, grants, and store income provide funds for operations.