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Infinite wonders await.

Opening in 2024, the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center at Lowell Observatory will be a place of curiosity and discovery for visitors from around the world.

Budget

The construction and outfitting cost for the Astronomy Discovery Center, including exhibits, technology, and ample contingency totals $39.5 million. In addition, we will raise a $5 million endowment for facility and technology upgrades and future programming.

Timeline

We broke ground on June 26, 2021. We anticipate opening in 2024.

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Opportunities to Support

Sponsor a Scientist Plaque

Diverse Universe Wall

Our message is that there’s a place for everyone in astronomy. You can sponsor a scientist’s plaque on the Diverse Universe Wall for $3,500.

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Curiosity Zone Exhibits

Playing with magnets, foam rockets, colored light, and other hands-on experiments will help children build a foundation for future science learning – and it’s fun! Interactive exhibits in the Curiosity Zone children’s hall will fuel children’s interest in and understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

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Astronomy Gallery I

Astronomy Gallery I centers around the burning questions asked by Lowell Observatory visitors. Questions like “where are we” and “how did we get here” can be answered through many methods (art, math, spirituality.) Astronomy Gallery I helps visitors experience the many ways scientists seek answers about the cosmos. Visitors will leave feeling more connected to and curious about the Universe.

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Recognition Opportunities

  • Universe Theater | $4,000,000
  • Astronomy Gallery I | $3,000,000
  • Universe Theater LED Screen | $2,400,000
  • Astronomy Gallery I Exhibits | $1,000,000
  • Dark Sky-Compliant Lighting | $750,000
  • Universe Theater Production Development | $500,000
  • The Great Planetary Hall | $500,000
  • Dark Sky Planetarium Production Development | $350,000
  • Program Development | $150,000 
  • Dwarf Planet Patio | $100,000
  • Thematic Experience Lighting (3) | $75,000
  • Catering Servery | $75,000
  • Dark Sky Planetarium Screen | $50,000
  • Universe Theater Demo Table | $50,000
  • Landscaping | $50,000 
  • Level 1 Landing | $35,000
  • Level 2 Landing | $35,000
  • Level 3 Landing | $35,000
  • Universe Theater 557.7nm (Green) Room | $30,000
  • Great Planetary Hall Audio/Visual Equipment | $25,000 
  • Universe Theater Mission Control | $20,000
  • Classroom Audio/Visual Equipment | $15,000
  • Origins Gallery Seating (4) | $12,500 each
  • Elevator Lobby Benches (7) | $7,500 each
  • Diverse Universe Plaques (65) | $3,500 each

Call us at (928) 714-7777 or click the link below to make your donation today.

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Opportunities Already Claimed

  • Astronomy Discovery Center Name | $14,500,000
  • Dark Sky Planetarium$6,000,000  
  • Curiosity Zone | $2,500,000
  • Skylight Terrace | $1,500,000 
  • Origins Gallery | $1,500,000
  • Origins Art Installation | $500,000
  • Dark Sky Adaptation Plaza | $500,000
  • Children’s Exhibits$500,000  
  • Windows to the Universe | $500,000 
  • Cafe | $250,000
  • ADA Features$150,000
  • Stairway to the Stars $100,000
  • Universe Theater Gateway | $100,000
  • Gift Shop | $100,000
  • Entrance Artwork | $100,000
  • Cosmic Classroom | $100,000
  • Donor Wall | $50,000
  • Cafe Patio | $50,000 
  • Entry Foyer | $50,000 
  • Stellar Nursery (Mothers’ Lounge) | $30,000
  • Universe Theater Gateway Mural | $30,000
  • Ticketing Counter $25,000
  • South Elevator$25,000
  • North Elevator | $25,000
  • Attraction Signage$25,000 
  • Curiosity Overlook | $20,000
  • Staff Workroom | $15,000
  • Dark Sky Planetarium Portal to the Sky | $15,000
  • 1st Floor Office | $15,000
  • Conference Room | $15,000
  • Curiosity Zone Science Cart | $10,000 
  • Stairway to the Stars Murals (4) | $10,000 each
  • Great Planetary Hall Images (9) | $5,000 each
  • Rooftop Horizon Feature Plaques (12) | $5,000 each
  • Outdoor Benches (5) | $5,000 each

See the Floor Plans

The Astronomy Discovery Center will be a place where curious visitors come to be awed by the cosmos and learn about astronomy. Click the button for a preview of the this state-of-the-art science center.