Monroe Science Center Honoring Dr. Christine Mann Darden

The Monroe Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has determined that a hands-on science and learning-themed facility will not only be an asset for city and county residents, but it will also serve to attract residents from surrounding counties and provide additional family opportunities for individuals staying in Monroe.
     
In studying potential locations for a science center, the TDA and City determined that a location in the downtown area would be best. The TDA purchased a 16,000-square-foot building at 316 E. Franklin Street which previously served as a grocery store, restaurant and night club. It sits adjacent to the Union County Public Library and the First Presbyterian Church on Windsor Street and is in close proximity to the downtown businesses.
     
The City has also purchased two additional parcels in close proximity to the proposed Science Center. These parcels will help in the development of the Science Center as well as create a gateway opportunity for the City and Downtown Monroe.

In July 2021, City Council voted officially to change the name of the Monroe Science Center to the Monroe Science Center Honoring Dr. Christine Mann Darden. This will be our first step in honoring Dr. Darden as well as being able to educate our guests about her important contributions to the scientific community.  The first exhibit in our traveling exhibit hall will be celebrating her accomplishments and contributions to the NASA space program. 

Opening Plans: We are very eager to open and let guests in to see all the exciting things the Monroe Science Center Honoring Dr. Christine Mann Darden has to offer, but we also want to make sure the experience is a positive one. Due to construction delays and material shortages caused by the pandemic, we have had to push back our opening. When we get close to opening, we will update this page with more information. We would like to thank the community for the continued support for the Monroe Science Center Honoring Dr. Christine Mann Darden. We look forward to having you visit soon!

Science Center Conceptual Images

Video Animation of Science Center