Siegel releases statement on Da Vinci Science Center opening in Allentown

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Josh Siegel released the following statement today on the opening of the Da Vinci Science Center in downtown Allentown:

“The opening of Da Vinci Science Center in downtown Allentown represents a new period of exciting growth and development for the city and Lehigh Valley. The new center will generate $33 million in economic output and bring 400,000 visitors a year downtown. Downtown Allentown continues to offer a variety of incredible and diverse attractions and amenities, in arts and culture, the Science Center will now provide a unique state-of-the-art experience for families and children,” said Siegel, D-Lehigh.

The Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion will provide a dynamic space for learning and exploration. In addition to the main exhibit galleries, the facility will feature classroom, laboratory and workshop spaces and a rooftop terrace.

“Da Vinci Science Center is a critical component of the post-COVID urban development dynamic we all need to embrace and expand upon. Our cities have always been the birthplace of ingenuity and imagination, creating a strong quality of life, investing in innovation economies that anchor creators and companies in downtown environments and offering attractions that keep cities desirable for both families and individuals are critical to maintaining our vibrancy and momentum. People want to live in exciting, dynamic and energetic communities that offer leisure and life at their fingertips,” said Siegel.

“I couldn’t be prouder for my district to call Da Vinci Science Center home, and I’m particularly excited about the educational impacts this will have on children in our school district. Allentonians deserve the same resources and opportunities as more well-resourced school districts, and I commend Lin (Da Vinci Executive Director and CEO Lin Erickson) and her team for their collaboration with the school district to ensure that our children get exposure to critical fields of study which will prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.”