If you've strolled through The Discovery Museums in Acton lately, you may have asked yourself "Why does it seem so crowded?"
Well, there's been a good reason.
According to Ann Sgarzi, the directory of marketing for The Discovery Museums, close to 180,000 people were served in 2012 by the 30-year-old museums throughout New England.
The number served — 179,635 to be exact — has increased in each of the previous three years for an overall growth of 42 percent since 2009.
“This record year is a terrific way to mark our 30-year anniversary as a community resource for children and families,” said CEO Neil Gordon in a statement. “We are thrilled to have more and more families enjoying the museums and playing and learning together, and we continue to add new exhibits and offer great hands-on programming that enriches children’s minds and gives them a strong foundation for learning.”
The Discovery Museums opened a new exhibit on Nanotechnology in late 2012, and in early 2013 will open another new exhibit where young children can explore the properties of moving air. Plans for a major facility expansion are also underway.