Blast Off Into Space at the Maumus Center and Planetarium

The science center housing a state-of-the-art planetarium recently opened its doors to the public.

Science lovers across the New Orleans metro area have a good reason to visit St. Bernard Parish. The Maumus Center has previously only hosted St. Bernard Parish school students, but now the center, located in Old Arabi, opened its doors to the public.

What once was the first high school in St. Bernard Parish, built in 1929, has now been converted into a science center housing a state-of-the-art planetarium. Guests of all ages are invited to visit the center and experience the exhilarating world of space and science.

The planetarium will show films throughout the year hosting multiple shows a day, with the most exhilarating film being “SpacePark 360.”  If you get motion sickness, you may want to close your eyes for this one. It takes you on a wild roller coaster ride through the universe.

The films aren’t all just about space. There are some related to geology, as well, but all center around the field of science.

Gena Asevado, the center’s director and a long time science teacher, is as passionate as she is knowledgeable about this facility and the realm of science.  She presents each film in such a way that keeps both kids and adults entertained and interested.

Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults.

Asevado says future plans for the center include developing interactive exhibits where both students and the public can have a hands on experience.

For more information, visit their website.

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