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"Open Every Mind to Science"

Serving Palm Beach County since 1961, the Science Center revolves around a simple premise: science is exciting! Our mission is to “Open Every Mind to Science” and we are delivering on this promise by providing schools, visitors and campers an entirely new set of science programming and tech ventures based on computer coding, robotics, and other leading-edge educational programs. These new programs have allowed us to educate more young minds than ever before, now serving over 300,000 students, teachers and visitors annually, including 130,000 through field trips and educational outreach into schools and classrooms.

Within the last 10 years, we’ve dramatically renovated our campus and updates included a complete reconstruction of our 5,000 square foot Hall of Discovery, containing 100 new hands-on exhibits, an upgraded planetarium, 1,000 square foot early childhood exhibit, modernized theater, new science laboratory and improved amenities. In 2016, we completed the 18-hole miniature golf Conservation Course designed by local legends Gary Nicklaus and Jim Fazio. It was developed as a green space to provide recreational and environmental benefits to visitors while educating people about Florida’s native habitats and was named one of the "Top Thirteen Miniature Golf Courses in the nation" by Travel Magazine.

In October of 2018, we completed the second half of our backyard, the quarter-mile-long Fisher Family Science Trail which connects 15 new exhibits, including a Physics Forest, FPL SolarScape, interactive splash pad, gem panning station and dinosaur walk. In March of 2019 we completed the $2.5 million dollar permanent exhibit “Journey Through the Human Brain” in partnership with the FAU Brain Institute, which has since been dubbed the most advanced exhibit on the human brain in the world.

In spring of 2020, we added a $500,000 open-air amphitheater to our backyard Science Trail which features daily live science shows, trivia sessions and concerts. Guests bring picnic blankets and socially-distance themselves in the grass field while being educated and entertained.

We are well-positioned to take on a new set of initiatives. On November 15, 2021 we announced exciting expansion plans along with a name change, thanks to a record donation from Howard and Wendy Cox. Their $20 million lead gift serves as the keystone for a $45 million capital expansion campaign to take the new Cox Science Center and Aquarium into the future with expanded exhibit and programming spaces, including one of Florida’s largest aquariums. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2023 and a grand opening to the public is targeted for 2026. Now we need the greater community's support to take our mission to the next level by increasing local STEM impact initiatives through this exciting transformation! To learn more, click here.

The Cox Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.  For more information, call 561-832-1988.  Like the Cox Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

 

OUR PARTNERS
 

ABLE United AD Henderson Foundation Aerojet Rocketdyne | L3 Harris Technologies Company
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival
Association of Science and Technology Centers Astronomical Society of Palm Beach Autism Speaks
Bailey Foundation Bank of America Batchelor Foundation
Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County Business Development Board
Cedar Hill Foundation Center for Creative Education Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
Charles Henry Leach II Fund Children Services Council of Palm Beach County City of West Palm Beach
Cleveland Ballet Comcast Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Compass Community Center
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Cultural Council for Palm Beach County David Minkin Foundation
Digital Vibez Discover the Palm Beaches Dreher Park Neighborhood Association
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Els for Autism Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation
ESPN Everglades Foundation Executive Women of the Palm Beaches
The Explorer's Club Family Promise FAUCard
FAU Pine Jog Environmental Center FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute FIRST Lego League Robotics Fisher House
Florida Engineering Society Florida Prepaid College Fund Forgotten Soldiers Outreach
Forest C. Lattner Foundation Forum Club of the Palm Beaches FPL
Frank Weyenberg Foundation Frisbie Group Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches
Gertrude E. Skelly Foundation Green Mouse Academy Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Hedrick Brothers Construction The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Institute of Museum and Library Services Jacobs Family Foundation Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Jim Moran Family Foundation Junior League of Palm Beach Jupiter Medical Center
K9s for Warriors Kids’ Dreams. Inc Kravis Center
Leadership Palm Beach County Leadership West Palm Beach Loggerhead Marine Life Center
Lost Tree Foundation Lottie French Lewis Fund Louis N. Cassett Foundation
Lovelight Foundation Manatee Lagoon Mandel Public Library
Margaret McCarthey and R. Parks Williams Foundation Marjorie S. and Max M. Fisher Foundation Marmot Foundation and Willis H. du Pont
Mary Alice Fortin Foundation Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund Mary and Peter Hulitar Foundation
Max Planck Motorola Solutions Nextera
Northrup Grumman Ocean Reef Community Foundation Office of Sustainability-City of West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Chess Palm Beach County School District Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Palm Beach County Library System Palm Beach Day Academy Palm Beach International Boat Show
Palm Beach Opera Palm Beach State College Palm Beach Symphony
Palm Beach Tech & Code Palm Health Foundation Palm Beach Community Trust Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
Palm Beach Zoo Path to College Fellowship Patricia Dunnington and the Seth Sprague Foundation
PNC Foundation PNC Grow Up Great Pratt and Whitney Prime Time Palm Beach County
Quantum Foundation Quantum House Reef Institute
Related Southeast Resource Depot Richard L. Parish Foundation
Rickel Foundation Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium Rosarian Academy
Sharkey Family Foundation Shutts and Bowen LLP Sikorsky Lockheed Martin
Sikorsky Lockheed Martin State of Florida Cultural Facilities Stiles Nicholson Foundation
The Greene School Tourist Development Council Thrift, Inc. Ryerson Foundation
Truist Foundation University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute Universal Engineering
VA Medical Center VoLo Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation
West Palm Beach Police Department William H. Pitt Foundation Wounded Veterans Relief Fund