June 11, 2008
Albany--Albany's history and science museum is making upgrades to attract more visitors.
Thronateeska Heritage Center is building a new planetarium.
The current one will close at the end of summer, and hopefully the new one will open by September.
The dome will be twice as big as the current one and will be able to seat 90 people.
"We were funded to build a new planetarium and science discovery center, which will have a state of the art exhibit and a state of the art planetarium, the planetarium will be twice as big it'll be a 40 foot in diameter dome, all digital system with surround sound just a top notch facility, one of the best ones in the state," said Tommy Gregors, Executive Director.
The center has seen about 8,000 visitors over the last year.
That's an increase from the previous year.
The expansion is paid for with sales tax money.