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Discovery Center Museum

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Experience a world of hands-on investigation and fun-filled exploration at this children's museum with more than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, planetarium, TV studio, special events, traveling exhibits and entertaining classes for children and families. Tot Spot for children 6 and younger. Plus Discovery Center boasts the nation's first community-built outdoor science park featuring 15,000 square feet of wooden fun including a two-story maze, water play area, dinosaur fossil dig pit and a Secret Garden.

Awards and recognitions:

  • Named one of the nation's top ten children's museums by The National Geographic Society
  • Named one of the top 12 children's museums in the nation by Forbes in 2012
  • Designated as a Good to Grow! Museum by the Association of Children's Museums for making significant strides to promote health and wellness.
  • List of "2014 Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For" - Flipkey.com/TripAdvisor, May 2014
  • One of the "10 Best Children's Museums in the U.S." - Family Vacation Critic, April 2013
  • One of the top ten in "The 12 Best Children's Museum in the U.S." - Forbes.com, January 2012
  • Family Vacation Critic, September 2018 - named Discovery Center one of the "15 Best Musuems for Toddlers in the U.s."
  • USA TODAY/10Best.com Reader's Choice Award, February 2014 - named Discovery Center 5th in its contest for 10 Best Museums for Families in the U.S.
  • Trip Advisor, 2020 - earned the "Traveler's Choice" award based on visitor reviews.
  • Trip Advisor, 2019 - earned the Trip Advisor "Hall of Fame" distinction based on visitor reviews

Discovery Center is part of the Riverfront Museum Park arts and humanities complex, with plenty of free parking.

  • Admission: (Admission subject to change)
    $10/person, Free for museum members and children age one and younger
    Family Memberships and Groups Rates available
    Same Day Savings Discount: Receive $1 off general admission to the Burpee Museum of Natural History when you visit on the same day.
  • Hours: (Hours subject to change)
    Tuesdays - Sundays 9:30 am-4:00 pm
    Closed on Mondays
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