Boom Time for Sci-Tech Centers

The new palace of higher fun and learning in Columbus is in good company--lots of it. Almost 300 science centers in the U.S. welcome 115 million visitors a year--"a threefold increase in the past decade alone," says Bonnie VanDorn of the Association of Science-Technology Centers. What's more, 40% of them plan to open new facilities or expand existing ones in the next three years. Already completed is the California Science Center in Los Angeles, launched last year. Two other major overhauls open next month, in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Paul, Minn. Each cost more than $100 million.

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