Street Address
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Mailing Address
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
phone: 561-832-1988
fax: 561-833-0551
e-mail: MarySellers@sfsm.org
web: www.sfsm.org
Hours
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Admissions
Adults $9
Children ages 3-12 $6
Seniors 62+ $7.50
Members and Children under age 3 FREE
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Lew Crampton, Interim President & CEO
phone: 561-832-1988

Description

The South Florida Science Museum provides curious minds of all ages with an entertaining and educational journey through science and technology. Located in West Palm Beach, the museum features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as natural history exhibitions. Each year the museum welcomes more than 120,000 visitors and reaches more than 40,000 students through workshops at the museum and outreach programs to local schools.

Mission

The South Florida Science Museum is a non-profit educational institution. The museum’s mission is to excite curiosity and further the understanding and appreciation of science and technology.

History

Founded and incorporated in 1959 by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, the South Florida Science Museum (SFSM) opened in 1961 as a learning environment specific to natural science and natural history. In 1964, a new wing housing the planetarium opened, originally named after astronaut Buzz Aldrin. In 1971, a third phase of the facility was unveiled, more than doubling the floor space of the Museum to its current size, and adding exhibit space, classrooms, an auditorium and organizational support areas. The institution eventually became known as the Science Museum and Planetarium of Palm Beach County and in the 1980s, was renamed the South Florida Science Museum, reflecting the organization’s increasingly broad subject matter, educational purpose and geographic appeal. In 2008, the planetarium and Motorola Theater were completely renovated and renamed thanks to a donation from the Dekelboum family. The rapid growth of the Science Museum is testament to the significant role that it assumed, and continues to fulfill, within the community, serving as an educational and cultural resource for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Governance

Private Non-Profit

Services

Gift Shop