About UsGateway to Science Mission: To serve as a regional resource for informal science education.
Our Vision: To present science as Fun… Cool… Awesome… by providing opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery!
Our Values: Education… Innovation… Knowledge… Community Partnerships… Hands-on Approach to Learning… Accessibility & Affordability for All
Our interactive hands-on, DO-touch exhibits allow every member of your family to explore and discover science in our everyday world.
It’s easy to think of Gateway to Science as a local attraction, but did you know that we see visitors from all over the country? Since we opened in 1994, our audience has been split fairly evenly between three categories: 1) group visits, including school field trips; 2) educational programs and workshops; and 3) walk-in traffic, including families. In 2012, we are hosting visitors from Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada. We’ve seen North Dakota visitors from Belden, Bowman, Dickinson, Judson, Minot, Rugby, Sawyer, Turtle Lake, Tuttle, West Fargo, Williston, Wilton, Wing and Zeeland.
What are you waiting for? Plan your visit with us!
Gateway to Science began as the vision of community volunteers passionate about bringing informal science learning opportunities to people of all ages in North Dakota.
In November 1994, Bismarck became the home of the first and only hands-on science center in North Dakota! Since that time, we have established a reputation as an educational resource in our community and region.
Programs such as our annual Environmental Festival bring teachers and their students together with professionals working in a variety of science fields.
Gateway to Science provides students with opportunities to explore new science principles in ways that are not possible to demonstrate in most classroom settings.
Gateway to Science has joined the No Child Left Inside Coalition in promoting healthy outdoor activities for kids.
Gateway to Science publishes a quarterly newsletter that reaches approximately 1,000 households in and out of our state of North Dakota. If you would like to receive a copy of our newsletter please submit your information at Contact Us.
As a member of Association of Science and Technology Centers, Gateway to Science memberships provide you with FREE general admission to more than 300 science centers and museums worldwide – ASTC Science Centers.
NOTE: Not all ASTC Centers have the same admission policies. Please check with the ASTC Center you plan to visit prior to your arrival to determine how they will honor your Gateway to Science membership.
We hope to see you soon at the only hands-on science center in North Dakota!