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Center of Science and Industry

333 West Broad Street
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, 43215

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The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is a science museum and research center in Columbus, Ohio. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout themed exhibition areas.
Originally opened in 1964, COSI was moved to a 320,000-square-foot (30,000 m2) facility in 1999. COSI was developed with large, self-contained, themed atria, each dedicated to a single topic (similar to the style of world's fair pavilions) and designed as immersive theatrical learning worlds.

COSI contains seven main exhibit areas: Ocean, Energy Explorers, Space, Progress, Gadgets, Life, and the American Museum of National History Dinosaur Gallery. Hallways between each learning world are filled with hands-on exhibits and displays.

The building also contains an interactive "little kidspace" area designed for children up through first grade, the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater (the largest digital screen in Ohio), and an outdoor Big Science Park. On November 22, 2014, COSI reopened its 60-foot diameter, 220-seat Planetarium (Ohio's largest) with all new digital projection. In addition, there is a History of COSI exhibit.

The building also includes three large galleries for traveling exhibits and special event hosting, a Dive Theater in Ocean, the Galaxy Theater in Gallery 3 (its name a remnant of when Gallery 3 was once the Space exhibit), the Gadgets Stage, the Atomic Cafe, the Science2Go! retail store, and five meeting rooms utilizing refurbished areas within the former Central High School, which the new COSI location was built around.

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