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Science and Discovery Museum to reopen after two years of closure


PANAMA CITY Fla. (WMBB) – If you like to explore then you are in luck because the Northwest Florida Science and Discovery Museum is about to reopen.

The museum has been closed for more than two years after being damaged by Hurricane Michael.

The storm has changed the lives of many people. Science and Discovery Museum operations director Michelle Smith said after seeing the damage to the museum, they were forced to shut down.

“On October 10, 2018, the hurricane passed and completely ruined this build,” Smith said. “Lost the roof, I would say at least 75% of the exhibits were damaged. “

She said it has been a long road, but many people have come together to restore the building.

They finished rebuilding the structure in mid-2020, then began to reassemble the exhibits.

“We’re finally at the end of this road and we’re happy to be able to reopen,” Smith said.

The museum will organize a grand reopening on Saturday May 22 – tickets are free.

“We’ve changed some of the surrounding areas and changed some of the existing areas,” Smith said. “I would say we probably have about 20 new exhibits.”

There are crowd favorites like the Boat Hall and new exhibits like the Ambulance and Sensory Hall.

The museum will also host its summer camp. The camp will start in June and will last eight weeks. There is a different theme for the camp each week. They offer camps for preschoolers as well as operational camps for children aged 4 to 12.