Sacramento’s Powerhouse Science Center breaks ground

Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Powerhouse Director of Marketing and Development Shahnaz Van Deventer, and Ducks Unlimited Director of Development for Northern California/Hawaii Anne Hansen celebrate the Powerhouse Science Center's groundbreaking ceremony.

Sacramento’s long-anticipated Powerhouse Science Center, of which Ducks Unlimited is a title sponsor and has provided input on a special “California Water” exhibit, broke ground on Thursday, May 31 in front of local, state, and national leaders.

Located on the riverbanks of the Sacramento River in downtown Sacramento, the Powerhouse Science Center will revitalize a 106-year-old historic PG&E power station—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—and serve as a model for 21st-century experiential education centers in science, technology, engineering, math, and space, helping to prepare the next generation workforce. The center is scheduled to open in 2020.

Once finished, visit and look for the Ducks Unlimited logo!

“This will arouse the curiosity of a whole generation of young people,” said Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento. “These are our next explorers.”

The project went through various stages of financing, only to come together in recent months through large contributions from the city of Sacramento, a federal grant that backs education projects, fundraising by the museum’s board and a $7 million naming rights deal by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Once completed in 2020, the science center will encompass 22,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 120-seat digital planetarium and a revamped park.

Read more in the Sacramento Bee here.