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Kentucky Science Center

727 West Main Street
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 40202

Louisville Science Center
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The Kentucky Science Center is Kentucky's largest hands-on science museum. It was founded in 1871 as a natural history collection, and now more than half a million people visit the museum annually.
The building itself takes up 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2). The distinctive cast-iron facade limestone building was originally built in 1878 as a dry goods warehouse.

The city purchased the property in 1975 and the museum moved into the premises in 1977, subsequently winning several design awards for its preservation of this venerable building. A four-story digital theater was added in 1988 and renovated in early 2014.

The pendulum has been a fixture of the building for decades.

More students in Kentucky take field trips to the Kentucky Science Center than to any other destination.

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