About Us


The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) champions and supports more than 500 science centers, technology museums, natural history museums, children’s museums, and other STEM-rich, place-based institutions, such as nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, and botanical gardens throughout North America and in nearly 50 countries—as well as nearly 200 other organizations that share an interest in science learning and engagement. ASTC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit educational organization. 

Learn more about ASTC’s work and activities here.

Our Vision:  
Increased understanding ofand engagement withscience and technology among all people. 

Our Purpose: 
To champion and support science and technology center and museums 

Our Strategic Direction: 
ASTC has implemented a new strategic direction to better support and engage our members. We are focused on delivering supports to help our members to thrive—now and in the future. 

 This commitment runs through each of the three pillars of our new strategic direction:

  • Champion Public Engagement with Science, by elevating the work of science centers and museums, forging new collaborations across the science-engagement ecosystem, and investing in communications and advocacy 
  • Set Course Together for New Frontiers and an Equitable Future, by supporting our members to prepare and lead with their communities, act on market and societal trends, and embrace effective approaches that advance equitable engagement in science and technology 
  • Support and Connect Members, by facilitating learning and collaboration among members, spreading ideas that work, and cultivating leadership skills across our members’ workforce 

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Contact us:  
818 Connecticut Avenue NW 
Seventh Floor 
Washington, DC 20006-2734