Liberty Science Center (LSC) is the region’s premier destination for science explorers of all ages and a leading provider of STEM education programs. LSC is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson River, near the Statue of Liberty.
LSC opened to the public in January 1993, after more than 15 years of community campaigning, fundraising, and planning.
The Science Center now houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, hurricane- and tornado-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, teacher-development programs, and the Western Hemisphere’s biggest planetarium—the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater. More than 750,000 students, teachers, and parents visit Liberty Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Science Center’s off-site and online programs.
Through innovative programming and event offerings, the Science Center has expanded its reach to enthusiastic new audiences. A monthly series of evening events for guests 21 and older, LSC After Dark, has gained a devoted following by offering dancing, cocktails, and science-themed fun to young adults.
Families with older school-age kids are welcomed to Extreme LSC every fourth Friday night, for such big-kid fun as slime labs, laser tag, mega ball-pit adventures, and outdoor stargazing with the expert staff of the nation’s biggest planetarium.
As LSC looks to the future, its physical footprint has expanded to include a new, oversized pavilion that features art and science exhibitions; an enlarged entryway to accommodate its growing crowds of visitors; and a permanent replica fossil dig site just outside its back doors.
Even more ambitious, plans are afoot to develop SciTech Scity—a science and technology campus that aims to launch and grow hundreds of startup companies and reimagine K-12 science education.
Liberty Science Center is fully committed to inspiring the next generation of innovators—the kids who will one day cure diseases, discover distant planets, create life-changing technologies, and lead us to a better tomorrow.
To inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and excite learners of all ages about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology.