HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Sci-Quest announced Tuesday that its doors will remain closed permanently.
In a statement, company leaders said that "due to a lack of sufficient funding from outside sources, it cannot continue to operate."
The hands-on science center had been part of the Huntsville community for two decades, spending 15 years located at Calhoun Community College, and the last two years at Paramount Drive.
The museum filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014. According to a petition recently filed in federal bankruptcy court, Sci-Quest failed to pay rent to property owner Disraeli LLC in January and had not paid February rent.
Parents we had spoken to before the closure announcement expressed displeasure over learning their children were now unable to attend weekly home-school science classes and other pre-paid events at Sci-Quest.
"The staff and Board of Directors express their gratitude to the families of North Alabama for making Sci-Quest a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational treasure for the past two decades," the company said in a written statement. "The Center thanks previous and current staff members, the many volunteers, individual and corporate charitable donors, the City of Huntsville, and others that have helped the hands-on science center over the years."
"We are very proud of the STEM education services Sci-Quest has provided to the community for the past 20 years," said Cyndy Morgan, Executive Director. "The special combination of interactive exhibits and hands-on programming has been unique to North Alabama and enjoyed by tens of thousands of children throughout the region."
Sci-Quest leaders said they are investigating options to continue its mission of hands-on STEM education in other ways within the community.
Morgan said the board will meet at a later date to determine how they will refund money to customers who pre-paid for events.
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