HAMPTON, Va. - New exhibits and an upgraded name.
A lot has changed at the Virginia Air & Space Center in the last few months, starting with the sign out front that now reads "Virginia Air & Space Science Center."
The name change is "to more accurately reflect its mission and the core community constituents it serves," according to a November release, which goes on to say Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning will continue to be a large focus.
It comes on the heels of a $1.5 million renovation that shut the building down for three months in late 2020.
The center, which also operates as NASA Langley Visitor Center, reopened on December 18 with a new Space Explorer Gallery featuring interactive games and exhibits to teach families about space.
"This was a place that was really designed for the family to have fun together," Executive Director Bob Griesmer told News 3 of the gallery. "We're a place where mom and dad can play in the same sandbox as their 14-year-old, their seven-year-old, their 11-year-old."
Griesmer says in the two months since the renovation, which includes an upgraded IMAX theater, finished, the center has seen a number of repeat visitors.
Further renovations are scheduled for the spring, he says, with traveling exhibits set to arrive in the summer.
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