Texas Museum of Science and Technology, Cedar Park

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The Texas Museum of Science & Technology opened in March 2015 in an interim facility in Cedar Park, Texas, with the vision of creating a destination science and technology center for the Central Texas area, and inspiring and educating both schoolchildren and the general community in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects. TXMOST is a 501 non-profit organization.The museum houses the Austin area’s first planetarium, traveling exhibitions, and the permanent Timewalk exhibit, created from a gift of fossil and dinosaur bone collections which has toured the world. Plans for the interim facility include expanding the mobile planetarium outreach programs, conducting field trips and summer/holiday camps, and building a collection of permanent exhibits about science and technology.HistoryFounded initially as the "Friends of the Austin Planetarium," then later shortened to Austin Planetarium, the project began its operations in the area by offering an outreach program through its mobile planetarium project. Due to the success of the program, support developed for a permanent facility for science and technology education.On March 20, 2015, an interim facility (~30,000 sq ft) was opened to the public and the organization's name was changed to the Texas Museum of Science & Technology. The museum is the first of its kind in Central Texas, an area that is home to many companies and organizations related to science and technology. In spite of the greater Austin area being a center for technology startups and science research, before the opening of the museum it was one of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas that did not have a museum dedicated to either field.ExhibitsCurrentAs of early 2017, TXMOST’s two permanent exhibit spaces contain the 33 ft planetarium, with star shows running throughout the day; and the Timewalk exhibit, which showcases life on Earth from the earliest fossils to the Age of Mammals. The traveling exhibit space has Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb, which will be on display through mid-summer 2017.
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  • Very few exhibits for the price. Spend 20 minutes tops and snacks are expensive. Planetarium was cool.
  • As much as I want to love all museums and places where my kids can learn this place just doesn't have it. The only bright spot was the woman who presented the solar system movie but even then it was basically Google Earth but much older technology and graphics. Lastly, this place is about 3 times more expensive than it should be. Just not worth it.

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