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Our Purpose & Vision

ASTC’s purpose is to champion and support science and technology centers and museums and the entire science engagement field toward a vision of increasing understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people.

Find a Science Center or Museum

Search our membership directory to find a science center near you. Please check each institution’s website to find out if you need to reserve in advance.

Read About Our Members

Learn about some of the people behind ASTC’s 600+ members around the world which, together, engage more than 110 million people annually in science and technology.

Science engagement involves hands-on encounters with real science, whether demonstrations, exhibits, lectures, workshops or even debates on current issues.

Science centers and museums connect people with science, offer first-hand opportunities to engage in scientific activity, and inspire curiosity.

Topics in science engagement range from Federal policy and budget issues to STEM in the public discourse.

Latest News

American Alliance of Museums - Congratulations!

ASTC members recognized by AAM

Several ASTC-member institutions and science center professionals have been recognized by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) with 2023 awards for their leadership and excellence

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Current Features

Community Science is more important than ever. ASTC is connecting, supporting, and building capacity for our members’ work to address community priorities through science engagement.

The Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards are presented to ASTC members and their teams in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments that enhance their organizations and advance our entire field.

ASTC’s award-winning magazine Dimensions has moved fully online. Readers can expect the same high-quality content in its new format. We invite all members of the community to submit

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