Spotlight: Johnsville Centrifuge & Science Museum

The Johnsville Centrifuge & Science Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a world class educational facility for the study of aerospace sciences.

We aim to encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The focal point of the museum will be the research which was conducted at the former Naval Air Development Center (NADC), once located on Jacksonville Road in Warminster.

Also featured will be the role Bucks County played in the U.S. Space Program.

By the late 1950s, astronauts for the US Space Program had begun training at Johnsville.

In addition to being instrumental in the training of our early astronauts, technologies such as GPS, light sensitive “photo-gray” lenses and ejection seats were developed there.

The laboratories of NADC also developed airplane “black boxes” and the side scanning sonar technology like the type used locate the Titanic in 1985.

In the summer of 2017 Northampton Township granted the organization five acres of land at the corner of Bristol and Hatboro Roads in Northampton Township.

This land is previously NADC land and provides a location to operate the enterprise.

While we raise the funds needed to actually build a museum, we work in coordination with local schools and organizations to provide educational and community outreach programs.

The museum objectives include, among other things, providing the young with a center of learning and preserving, for future generations, the drawings, documents, photographs, oral histories and film archives of Brewster, and NADC/NAWC. 

If you are interested in information, please visit our website at or call 267-250-8841. 

PHOTO CAP: The mission of the Johnsville Centrifuge & Science Museum includes educational outreach programs to encourage students to explore studies in the Arts and Sciences.