SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -For the past few years, the Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport has struggled. There was even a point in time where the community thought it would shut down, but new management came in and got to work on the museum to prepare for 2019.
Dianne Clark became the museum’s new Executive Director back in August, and stressed bringing in stability to the center.
Over the last few months, she’s been working to do just that. In October, they were able to re-open the space center and planetarium, and also find some exhibits that were missing.
Now she’s been working on bringing a brand new exhibit to the museum.
“I went to New York and I checked out a really exciting type of learning interactive experience. Hopefully if we get the donations coming in, we’ll be able to bring that here,” said Clark.
Clark says they’ve also created a new Nano exhibit upstairs that hasn’t been shown to the public yet. They are also bringing in a weather station along with Shriner’s Hospital that’s creating an exhibit that will showcase prosthetics.
The museum will reopen its second floor to the public in February, and in March they will showcase a new movie ‘Superpower Dogs’ in its IMAX theater.
“We’re going to be working with Robinson’s Rescue, some of the local shelters, and we’ll be building up the month of February for dogs," says Clark.
Clark also says that so far they’ve been getting a lot of positive responses, feedback, memberships, and donations on the museum.
“All of these people remember their experiences from years ago at Sci-Port, and they see the potential,” she said. “They know what this offers to the community. We have the only dome IMAX theater in all of Louisiana, and that’s just too important to allow to close down.”
The museum will have a grand re-opening of the second floor on Friday, February 1, 2019. They will also reveal the new vendor who will take over the gift shop.
The new IMAX movie will be released to the public on March 15th.
In January and February ,the museum will have 50% Fridays where people can visit the museum and watch an IMAX movie for $10.