Astronomy Discovery Center

Contact

Development

Phone

(928) 268-2924

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Infinite wonders await.

Opening by 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 $37.5 million. In addition, we will raise a $5 million endowment for facility and technology upgrades and future programming.

Timeline

We broke ground with 80 percent of construction funds raised on June 26, 2021. We anticipate opening in early 2024.

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ADC Opportunities to Support

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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.

Sponsor a Scientist Plaque
Sponsor a Mural

Stairway to the Stars Mural

Each landing on the way up the Stairway to the Stars will showcase a stunning astronomical image with a quote overlaid. You can sponsor one of these unique murals for $10,000.

Sponsor a Mural

Recognition Opportunities

  • Universe Theater | $3,000,000
  • Astronomy Gallery I | $3,000,000
  • Curiosity Zone | $2,500,000
  • Astronomy Gallery I Exhibits | $1,000,000
  • Universe Theater Technology | $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 
  • Attraction Signage | $25,000 
  • Universe Theater Mission Control | $20,000
  • Conference Room | $15,000
  • Classroom Audio/Visual Equipment | $15,000
  • Lobby Murals (2) | $15,000 each
  • Origins Gallery Seating (4) | $12,500 each
  • Curiosity Zone Science Cart | $10,000 
  • Elevator Lobby Benches (7) | $7,500 each
  • Diverse Universe Plaques (65) | $3,500 each
Call us at (928) 714-7777 or click the button 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  
  • 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
  • Ticketing Counter $25,000
  • South Elevator$25,000
  • North Elevator | $25,000
  • Curiosity Overlook | $20,000
  • Staff Workroom | $15,000
  • Dark Sky Planetarium Portal to the Sky | $15,000
  • 1st Floor Office | $15,000
  • 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.