The Board of Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation decided in December 2021 to donate DKK 25 million towards the development of the Universe Science Park in 2022.
Despite covid restrictions, the Universe Science Park managed to attract 134,000 visitors in 2021, the second highest number in the Park's 16-year history. Expectations for 2022 are therefore that Universe will continue to grow and receive yet more visitors. When a covid-affected year can end with the second-best visitor numbers in the park's history, 2022 is expected to surpass the record set in 2019.
Facts About Universe
The Park opened in 2005 and, since 2013, the number of visitors has increased every year until 2019 the record year with 142,000 visitors. In the first covid-affected year of 2020, there were 124,000 visitors. The ambitions for the Park are as high as the increasing visitor numbers.
The money from Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation will be used to expand existing attractions and establish new ones. The director of Universe Torben Kylling Petersen is not ready to reveal what is new for the Park as yet, but says:
This is a historically large amount. We are super grateful that Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation continues to show the Universe such tremendous support. It is an amount that will benefit everyone in Southern Jutland thanks to the effect on tourism.Torben Kylling Petersen, Director of Universe
Great Season 2021
Due to covid restrictions, the 2021 Universe Science Park did not open until April 30, a month later than planned.
Nevertheless, it was a season with great attendance. In fact, there were times when so many people wanted to visit the theme park that Universe had to close the entrance to spontaneous visitors and only let in people who had pre-booked tickets or had season passes.
It was a surprisingly good season, which has otherwise been marked by the coronavirus. It really has been a rollercoaster ride. We had a weak start to the season and a very thin spring. But by June, visitor numbers started to turn around; people wanted to get out again, and the summer exceeded all expectations and was as big as 2020.Torben Kylling Petersen
After the summer, school classes also started returning to the Park, and in September the Universe had a record number of school classes visiting.
The 2022 season begins on Saturday 9 April.
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