Overview

outside RMPAbout Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum is a hands-on children's science museum with more than 300 exciting interactive exhibits spread throughout 23,000 square feet on two floors. All our exhibits relate to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Exhibit galleries focus on the human body, forms of electricity, the science of sports, space travel, simple machines, communication, agriculture, color and light, and math. Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore our Rock River Discovery Park, a 15,000 square foot multi-level science park featuring a dinosaur dig pit, maze, water play area and a Secret Garden. Discovery Center is one of the top family attractions in Northern Illinois and has received numerous local, state and national accolades.

In addition to Discovery Center's exhibits and award-winning outdoor park, the museum also hosts traveling exhibits, special events and programs throughout the year. For up-to-date information, check out What's Happening

grain moverOur Mission

Create opportunities for joyful learning and discovery through hands-on experiences in the sciences and arts.

Recent National Recognition

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

    Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence

2014

    Flipkey.com names Discovery Center in list of top family attractions

    USA TODAY names Discovery Center #5 in top 10 "Best Museums for Families"

    USA TODAY/ 10Best.com Reader's Choice Award - Discovery Center earned 5th place in its contest for "10 Best Museums for     Families"

    DestinationsTravelMagazine.com included Discovery Center in its list of “Nation’s Best Children’s Museums”

2013

    Family Vacation Critic names Discovery Center one of the "10 Best Children's Museums in the U.S."

2012

    Forbes names Discovery Center a top children's museum in the article, "The 12 Best Children's Museums in the U.S."

2009

    Discovery Center Museum named a Top Ten Children's Museum in the book The 10 Best of Everything published by National     Geographic Society

 

Recent Local Recognition

2016

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Child-Friendly Place"

2015

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Child-Friendly Place"

    B103 Radio Station “Best Place to take the Kids in Rockford”

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's “50 Places” in the Rock River Valley – 5th Place

2014

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Child-Friendly Place"

2012

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Child-Friendly Place"

2009

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Place for a Family Outing"

 

Annual Report

Download Discovery Center's 2015 Annual Report.