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The Wild Center Named “Best Science Museum” in USA Today’s 10Best

Feb 23, 2024

Celebrates with community free day

Tupper Lake, NY – After four weeks of voting, The Wild Center is proud to announce its victory as this year's "Best Science Museum" in USA TODAY's 2024 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. To celebrate the recognition, The Wild Center is holding a Community Free Day on Sat., Mar. 9 and inviting area residents to join.

Handpicked by a panel of esteemed travel experts and voted on by readers, the list of top 10 recipients showcased the finest museums across the nation. The Wild Center stood out among its peers, surpassing competition like The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and Exploratorium in San Francisco.

"Winning this award is a testament to our community. It's not just about being named the best, it's about showing the world what the Adirondacks are made of," remarked Nick Gunn, Marketing Director at The Wild Center. "We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported us."

In 2023, The Wild Center secured an impressive second-place finish, trailing closely behind another esteemed institution, COSI (Center of Science and Society) in Columbus, Ohio, who claimed the title for its fourth year in a row. This year, however, The Wild Center has risen to the top, cementing its status as a leader in science education and public engagement.

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About The Wild Center

The Wild Center invites visitors to discover the story of the Adirondacks, and to explore new ways that people and nature can thrive in the same place. Located in Tupper Lake, NY, The Wild Center uses science- based experiences, exhibits and programs to open new ways to look into the relationship that people have with nature and to promote environmental best practices. The Wild Center’s reimagined experience utilizes Wild Walk and its largely outdoor 115-acre campus. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram