Clifton Park

Clifton Park in talks with SUNY Poly’s Children’s museum

Supervisor believes it would be 'perfect fit'
William McKeown of Schenectady hosts a weather broadcast in 2015 at the Children's Museum of Science and Technology.
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William McKeown of Schenectady hosts a weather broadcast in 2015 at the Children's Museum of Science and Technology.

CLIFTON PARK — The children of Clifton Park and Saratoga County may be getting a new place to learn about science.

The town has confirmed it is in talks with representatives from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Children’s Museum of Science and Technology to move the museum into town.

Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said the town had a discussion with museum representatives, and now the town is in the process of researching what it can do to provide incentives to the museum to relocate to Clifton Park, including the potential of tax breaks.

The matter, Barrett said, is still in its infancy; talks began just a few weeks ago. But Barrett believes the museum would be a “perfect fit” for Clifton Park.

“The museum has been a fun, interactive learning experience for thousands of students for many years.” Barrett said, noting that the town and the county have made strides in pursuing STEM technology and education opportunities.

“We believe the museum moving here would allow it to take what it offers to the next level,” he added.

The museum, which is part of SUNY Polytechnic, seeks to provide children with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through programs and exhibits. Right now, the museum is located in the Rensselaer Technology Park, south of Troy.

There were no details about where the museum might be located in Clifton Park, if it does decide to move.

“The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology is an inspiring asset for the Capital Region community. SUNY Poly looks forward to learning more about the opportunity for the museum to enhance its sustainability through a new partnership that could help provide even more children with the chance to discover the excitement of a CMOST STEM educational experience for years to come,” SUNY Poly spokesman Steve Ference said in an emailed statement about the possible move.

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