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The story behind the Lafayette Science Museum dates back to 1969.

The Science Museum and Planetarium began as a community coming together as a project. 

It was a project designed to give residents in the area and, ultimately tourists around the world, an enrichment or hands-on experience for curious minds of all ages.

The mission of every employee at the museum is simple: Enlighten and educate the public; while proving that you’re never too old to learn a thing or two about science while having some fun at the same time. 

The museum was once started by “Les Deux Douzaines”, a women’s organization. 

During this time, the museum was only a volunteer program that visited elementary school and junior high for multiple reasons: Field trips and events that were focused on science education.

By 1992, the museum quickly evolved as a museum that only operated at the former Heymann’s Department. 

Fast forwarding to ten years, the museum then relocated to the downtown area in Lafayette, Louisiana.

It was until 2009 when the museum was rebranded as what it is known to be now: the Lafayette Science Museum. 

Today, it is funded by the Lafayette Consolidated Government; as well as private donation.

The employees involved with the museum are known as hard working, and almost every employee obtains researching skills to give tours in colorful detail and explain what the exhibit has to offer. 

Local 33’s Tisia Muzinga got to meet a few prehistoric figures and live bugs such as, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, and centipedes.

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