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Overview

Discovery Center Museum is a hands-on children's museum with more than 300 exciting interactive exhibits spread over a two-floor area and an outdoor park. All our exhibits relate to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, multi-level science park with a hands-on twist! Discovery Center is one of the top attractions for family fun in Northern Illinois.

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

Our Mission

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

Recent National Recognition

2016

    Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence

2015 

    Trip Advisor - Certificate of Excellence

2014

    Trip Advisor - Certificate of Excellence

    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

2007

    Grand magazine “Top 20 Children’s Museums in America”

2006

Family Fun magazine featured Discovery Center's traveling exhibition Team Up: The Science of Sports in an article about the best hands-on traveling exhibitions. Discovery Center made two copies of the exhibition, one to stay permanently at Discovery Center and the is rented to museums across the nation.

2005

Family Fun magazine featured Discovery Center in a story titled "Great American Escapes: Out of Chicago"

2002

Child magazine ranked Discovery Center #4 in an article titled, "The 10 Best Children's Museums"

 

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"

2005

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Place to Take Children"

2002

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Place for Free Entertainment for Children"

2001

    Rockford Register Star newspaper's annual "What Rocks" contest - "Best Place to Take Children"