Science Center Exhibit Hall closes for renovation, improvements

A new Interactive Wall is among the attractions being added

  • The River Legacy Living Science Center is currently closed for a major renovation project, the largest undertaken since the Center opened in 1996. (Photo: River Legacy Living Science Center)
    The River Legacy Living Science Center is currently closed for a major renovation project, the largest undertaken since the Center opened in 1996. (Photo: River Legacy Living Science Center)
Ken Costlow

The River Legacy Living Science Center, located at the south entrance to River Legacy Park, recently announced it has closed its Exhibit Hall for three months to begin its renovation project to the hall.

The $2.5 million capital campaign is expected to transfigure the Exhibit Hall space with all new museum-quality exhibits and an interactive wall feature that will situate guests in a variety of environments and seasons.

An new Interactive Wall will place guests in a variety of environments and seasons. (Photo: River Legacy Living Science Center)

The facelift will also increase the Center’s classroom space and permit the Exhibit Hall to remain open during summer classes, field investigations and other programs.

A video has been prepared for the Center to outline the project and give viewers an idea of what the transformation will look like once the Center is reopened with the renovation and interactive wall completed.

While the renovation is going on, the gift shops, some of the classrooms, nature trails, playgrounds and picnic areas remain open.

Since opening in 1996, the Living Science Center had a $200,000 initial Phase I improvement project in 2013, renovating the aquariums and terrariums, said Fund Development Coordinator Becky Nussbaum. 

When the price tag for the renovation project was first disclosed, the Living Science Center received a matching-fund agreement from the Arlington Tomorrow Fund for $1 million, Nussbaum said.

"We were given 18 months to produce our part of the $1 million matching fun," Nussbaum said. "We completed our part of the agreement in nine months. We were pretty proud of that."

According to officials with the Center, the project is still $200,000 short of the $2.5 million goal. Nussbaum indicated the Living Science Center is looking for donations from local businesses to help alleviate some of the cost.

Anyone wishing to donate can click on the transformation website or send donations to River Legacy Foundation (Attn: Transformation), 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, Tex., 76006.

Nussbaum said the Exhibit Hall is expected to resume operations in mid-November with a 'Grand Reopening.'