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Children's museum shatters attendance record
November 17, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

CuriOdyssey, the San Mateo-based children's science education center, shattered previous attendance records by seeing more than one-third more visitors the last fiscal year than in any other in its history.

More than 135,000 people visited the science and native animal center at Coyote Point between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012. The figure is 32 percent more than the previous fiscal year and a 77 percent increase over the lowest point of 2008. CuriOdyssey attributes the significant hike to the organization's focus on highly interactive experiences for children, the science exhibitions, popular camps, daily wildlife encounters and the mobile museum.

"We are thrilled that our approach to science education has resonated with the community,” said Executive Director Rachel Meyer in a prepared announcement.

The news comes on the heels of word the museum is planning for an updated facility to accommodate even more exhibits and programs. Last month, the county Board of Supervisors signed off on an agreement to transfer ownership of the facility to CuriOdyssey and established a new 30-year lease. The building gives CuriOdyssey an asset on which to raise capital for the new building whose design is still in the early planning stages. The plan also calls on better integrating both the indoor and outdoor experiences.

Meyer said the community's "amazing” response to CuriOdyssey's offerings is what puts it in a position for growth.

CuriOdyssey is the modern incarnation of the former Coyote Point Museum which nearly closed six years ago but has since reemerged as a science-centric draw for the entire region.

For more information about CuriOdyssey visit www.curiodyssey.org. CuriOdyssey is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and $4 for children 2-12.

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