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There’s a lot happening in Downtown El Paso but perhaps the most exciting is a place for children to play and learn: a children’s museum and science center.

The $70 million museum is under construction at the corner of Santa Fe and Main streets near Southwest University Park.

A partnership between the city and the El Paso Community Foundation, it’s being paid for with funds from the 2012 bond election as well as from private donors.

Here are 7 things you should know about the museum. Visit epcmuseum.org for more.

1. What's it called?

A contest to name the new museum recently wrapped up, and the winning name is expected to be announced this summer.

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2. How big will it be?

It’ll be four stories and about 70,000 square feet. (Big!)

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3. What will it look like?

It will have a cool cloud-like design that looks like it could both absorb and reflect the surrounding sky.

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4. What's the science part?

You might be too busy having oodles of fun to realize your curiosity, creativity and critical thinking are being sparked – you’re learning as you play. Its exhibits will teach you (and your parents!) about science, technology, engineering and math.

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5. What'll be inside?

It will have 10 exhibits, including the 50-foot tall Anything’s Possible Climber, a series of steps, ladders and tunnels filled with activities that will stretch from the second to the fourth floor. The museum’s areas will include:

  • Big Skies, where kids can learn about weather, meteorology, architecture and renewable energy
  • Desert Bloom, a space for the youngest visitors, inspired by the Chihuahuan Desert
  • Follow Your Instincts, where children ages 4 to 7 can learn about animals and careers in caring for animals
  • Fly High, where kids can build paper airplanes and analyze flight and path data
  • Making Waves, where kids can learn about sound waves, music and instruments
  • Flow, where visitors can learn about water treatment and recycling
  • Challenge It, where visitors can explore engineering and design, including 3D printing
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6. Can I see it yet?

It’s still being built, but you can follow its progress online through a time-lapse construction camera. Check it out at: app.oxblue.com/open/epcf/thechildrensmuseum. If you’re Downtown, you can see a 3D- model of the Anything’s Possible Climber in the promenade of the Mills Building, 303 N. Oregon.

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7. When can we go?

You’ll have to wait just a bit longer – it’s set to open in fall 2022.

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