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History and Mission

Our History

Originally founded as the Children's Museum of Bozeman in 2001 by a group of parents and community leaders who recognized that enriching, experiential learning opportunities are central to the education and growth of all children, what is now the Montana Science Center (MSC) has grown into one of the city’s main family attractions. MSC features hands-on exhibits, summer science camps, after-school activities, and educational programs throughout the year. In 2018, MSC welcomed 21,000 visitors and interacted with thousands more through school outreach and community events.

We understand that children make profound meaning from direct experience, and facilitating pathways for hands-on exploratory play is what the Science Center is all about. As part of our growing commitment to STEM education, we founded the innovative STEAMlab program, offering personally relevant project-based learning opportunities to kids ages 7 and up with the aim of bolstering interest and expertise in 21st-century skills. Since 2015, STEAMlab programs and activities have reached more than 12,000 children and adults.

Our Vision

Our vision is a society of individuals encouraged to be curious, think critically, and innovate; enabling them to understand and thrive in the changing world around them.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide hands-on learning experiences in science and technology that inspire creativity, innovation, and lead to real-world application.