Fort Discovery releases new operating hours

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Fort Discovery will implement its new schedule and hours effective Tuesday.

The museum will now be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only. The new operating hours are part of a restructuring by the National Science Center Inc., the public-private partnership between the nonprofit and the Army that operates Fort Discovery.

Rob Dennis, the president and CEO of the National Science Center, said last week that the decision is a result of an analysis of the current business model and a national mission that began in December.

"What we wanted to do as we went through this business analysis is look at where we're allocating our resources for this national mission" to provide educational outreach in science, technology, engineering and math, he said.

In its long-term restructuring plan, the National Science Center plans to eventually move operations other than the museum to its 88-acre property near Fort Gordon.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/31/09 - 01:14 pm
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Aw, cr*p. I loved going

Aw, cr*p. I loved going there Sundays with my kid. Bad decision. Now this huge space will just sit there empty. It was always staffed with volunteer NCOs from Ft. Gordon and a few paid staff, so the cost of keeping it open should be minimal. Hope they will rethink.

Native Augustan
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Native Augustan 08/31/09 - 01:53 pm
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Dixieman -- Fort Discovery is

Dixieman -- Fort Discovery is a wonderful place with many exciting exibits and loyal employees who went above and beyone to make it work. I used to work there years ago and the school children would come, sometimes as many as 1000 to 1500 at a time just before school would let out for the year and have a wonderful time. Fort Discovery also would have traveling exibits that stimulated the mind and drew large crowds. You could book a birthday party there or rent the place for a Christmas or New Year's party. I have seen movies in the theater and wonder why some of these features are not advertised to attract business. Fort Discovery, even though dated, has some amazing exibits and is a worthwhile afternoon visit for any adult or family. If you have not been, go now or you may miss it as if it goes back to Ft. Gordon Augusta will have lost a real treasure.

Debster
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Debster 08/31/09 - 02:38 pm
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Dixieman and Native Augustan

Dixieman and Native Augustan ... what??? Fort Discovery is nothing but a waste of money! Every time I've been there, either with my child on a school field trip, for a birthday party or for a family outing, half of the exhibits were broken or didn't work properly. Take my word, just give Rob Dennis a few more months and he'll be telling us that they are shutting the doors for good! I hate to say this, but his poor business management has run the place into the ground. I didn't visit there before he became the CEO of Fort Discovery, so I can't speak to what it was in its heyday, but it's not worth making the trip anymore and it all starts with Dennis. I just feel sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs, or at the very least, be demoted to part-time workers.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/31/09 - 04:28 pm
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We still go there and while

We still go there and while some exhibits are broken, the ones that do work are awesome!

disssman
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disssman 08/31/09 - 10:35 pm
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I am sure glad that the sales

I am sure glad that the sales taxes I pay, and are diverted to this organization by my commissioners, are being spent on national programs, and not being wasted keeping it open to local schools. Well I guess we now expect the TEE center to only be open 3 days a week, to keep children of visitors occupied downtown. Other than the NSC I can't think of a single activity for children in that area. Help me someone, what is the other great attractions for kids downtown.

Anon-a-mouse
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Anon-a-mouse 09/04/09 - 05:25 pm
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I believe more people would

I believe more people would visit if the exhibits were better maintained. I've visited for the last 7 years with my children and it seems that 25 percent of the exhibits are nonfunctional. The final insult this weekend was when I attempted to leave the parking garage and the unattended payment system didn't work. I pressed the "help" button and no one assisted. Fortunately some nice lady used her gate pass to open the gate. On the positive side we very much appreciate the volunteers both civilian and soldiers.

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