OH WOW! will re open to the public on May 15, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the historic McCrory Building, with a new entrance on Central Square and a new look!
OH WOW!TM The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology opened in downtown Youngstown, Ohio in 2011 to rave reviews and overwhelming community support! Today, OH WOW!'s brand is well-respected, and the organization is an anchor and economic development engine in downtown Youngstown’s central business district. In 2019 OH WOW! purchased their building from longtime landlord, neighbor, and sponsor, First National Bank, and doubled their potential space.
Due to Covid-19, OH WOW! closed to the public in March 2020 and began to design, produce and distribute OH WOW!TM STEM SAKS (Science Activity Kits) to help educators and families “Science at Home”. In addition, OH WOW! has become a museum beyond our walls, reaching explorers from every corner of the globe with our online and digital programming and an expanded presence on Social Media by our WOWtastic EDUtainers.
OH WOW! began Phase 1 of a multi-million dollar renovation in January 2021, growing and evolving in the center of Youngstown, with the assistance of CambridgeSeven and Murphy Contracting. The new vision for this initial phase reorganizes overall visitor circulation and creates a dramatic new entrance and welcoming lobby on Central Square. Several new exhibit galleries are being introduced into the revised layout, along with several old favorites that are being rejuvenated and relocated. The proposed renovation will transform the existing space with a whole new colorful look and feel.
Registration to visit OH WOW! is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Members and general admission guests are asked to register at ohwowkids.org, and clicking on the "ticket" button. The cost of admission is the same: members are free, general admission is $8.00, children under 2 free and veterans, seniors and educators are $7. Group rates are available.
Please call 330-744-5914 for additional information or questions.