Discovery Center Location Chosen


Plans for a new, children’s museum in western North Dakota took a big step forward today.

Directors of the Magic City Discovery Museum say they’ve found the perfect spot for the center.

Jim Olson has the story from Minot.

(Sydney Lyman) “It’s always so fun.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) What’s the best part?

(Camden Ahmann) “The Whoosh”

What could be more fun than the whoosh? Camden and Sydney say they love Minot’s Discovery Center that’s had only a temporary home for three years.

Now, they’re looking forward to more fun right here.

(Mark Lyman, Magic City Discovery Center) “It’ll be an iconic museum for years to come.”

This is the chosen home for a permanent edition of the Center – Park District land that’ll be leased for a dollar per year – allowing more money to be spent on the kids’ experience.

(Mark Lyman, Magic City Discovery Center) “We envision this museum will be in the neighborhood of a three-story building, 20,000 feet, with six to ten STEAM, that science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, STEAM-based exhibit galleries.”

Mark Lyman is on the board of directors for the center and says as much as his children enjoy playing in the Discovery Center, he’s more excited by the hidden benefits.

(Mark Lyman, Magic City Discovery Center) “Kids learn even though they don’t realize they’re learning because they’re having so much fun – they both happen at the same time.”

The plan is to raise the eight to ten million dollars to build the center over the next year-and-a-half or so, and then get to work on construction.

(Mark Lyman, Magic City Discovery Center) “So we hope in the next three or four years we can have this museum up and running.”

And he believes it will be a major attraction for the area.

(Mark Lyman, Magic City Discovery Center) “We do anticipate drawing upwards of 75,000 to 100,000 visitors to the Magic City Discover Center by year two or three of the new museum.”

(Camden Ahmann) “It sends air up and you put stuff in it and it sends the stuff up.”

(Sydney Lyman) “I like that it changes every year.”

And with this new location, it will be changing even more in the next few years.

In Minot, Jim Olson, KX News.

The discovery center will be open again this winter in the same temporary location it’s occupied since it opened three years ago.


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