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History

December 1998 Mobile phone company MTN provides start-up funding for a Science Centre in Cape Town
June 1999 The Interactive Science Foundation, a Section 21 Non-Profit Organisation, established by Prof Mike Bruton
3 November 2000 Official opening of the MTN Sciencentre (governed by Interactive Science Foundation) in Canal Walk shopping centre
June 2006 MTN Sciencentre receives its 800,000th visitor
June 2007 The MTN Sciencentre wins the bid to host the 6th Science Centre World Congress in Cape Town in September 2011. This announcement was made in Lisbon, Portugal at the annual European network of science centres conference.
12 September 2010 After receiving more than 1 million visitors, excluding outreach programmes, the doors closed on the old premises in Canal Walk as the centre prepares to move to a new venue
17 May 2011 Lease signed with Western Cape Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works for the Lamson-Paragon Building at 370B Main Road, Observatory
1 June 2011 Refurbishment of the building begins
September 2011 Host science centre of the 6th Science Centre World Congress
28 December 2011 Cape Town Science Centre opens its doors to the general public in the new, more accessible venue in Observatory
June 2012 CTSC receives more than 10,000 visitors during the 3 week winter school holidays – all self initiated vists.
26 February 2013 Official launch of the CTSC and sealing of Time Flask by the honourable Minister Derek Hanekom, South African Minister of Science and Technology