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Discovery Center Museum


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 toddlers. Plus Discovery Center boasts the nation's first community-built outdoor science park featuring 8,000 square feet of wooden fun including a two-story maze, water play area, dinosaur fossil dig pit and a Secret Garden.

Awards and recognitions

  • Recognized as one of the top 10 (tied for 4th) science museums in the country by Child Magazine in 2002
  • 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

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

  • Admission: $8/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.
  • Directions: From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 six and a half miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street. From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main). North on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum Park lot or the Burpee Museum lot. Use the tunnel between Riverfront Museum Park and Burpee Museum.
  • Hours: Daily 10:00am-5:00pm
Attraction Amenities
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