Da Vinci Science Center in downtown Allentown
The Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion is underway to be the newest educational addition of downtown Allentown. The 67,000 SF facility will be an educational resource for learning and career development in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) fields. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, visitors of all ages will experience immersive learning as well as educating and inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in STEAM.
The $80 million project features 30,000 SF of interactive exhibits including the Lehigh River Watershed exhibit, the immersive “My Body” exhibit, and “Science in the Making,” which explores the application of scientific principles in manufacturing processes with a focus on Lehigh Valley companies. In addition, the Science Center will have an 8,600 SF learning center, demonstration theater, courtyard, as well as other modern learning resources and amenities.
The new Science Center is in Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ), a unique taxing district that encourages development and revitalization in downtown Allentown that has led to more than $1 billion in new development.
Construction began in 2022 and the new science center will open in the spring of 2024. Located in the heart of Downtown Allentown, the Science Center is expected to be within a mile’s walking distance for 52,000 residents & students and is projected to attract over 400,000 visitors a year. It is anticipated that the new development will generate over $33 million in annual economic output and create nearly 500 full-time jobs.