Special to the Register & Bee

The opening of the Crescent Crossing exhibit at the Danville Science Center has excited science lovers across the Dan River Region — and the numbers prove it.

Between July 1, 2018, and June 30 total attendance at the center reached more than 52,000 guests. These attendance numbers mark the first time the 24-year-old organization has crossed 50,000 guests.

The center is a satellite location of the Science Museum of Virginia located in historic Broad Street Station in Richmond. Fiscal year 2019 combined attendance at both locations was 523,862, 15 percent higher than the previous fiscal year. The Danville Science Center and the Richmond museum both had record-breaking attendance.

“Focusing on each guest — helping that person have an enriching experience that encourages them to enjoy the process of discovery and make connections to the world around them — is how we have reached this milestone,” executive director Adam Goebel said.

Crescent Crossing is an 1,800-square-foot train-themed exhibit dedicated to preschool-age children. Opened in May, the space introduces families to science, technology, engineering and math fundamentals, such as creativity, problem solving and cause and effect. Crescent Crossing is the first new permanent exhibit at the center since it opened its doors and the only experience in the area focused specifically on encouraging children ages 5 and younger to learn through play.

In January, the center embarked on a major refreshment of its core exhibits starting with the historic train station galleries. During the next two years, a “Water” exhibit about the chemical makeup, ecology and power of the natural resource; a “Go” exhibit about the physics of motion; and a creativity lab offering guests hands-on access to craft and design tools will be installed.

The center will continue to host traveling exhibitions, such as “Human Plus” opening Sept. 21, to offer guests the chance to explore changing content.

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