class field tripDiscovery Center is proud to offer a wide variety of field trip styles and formats to suit your classes’ interests, learning level, and needs. Talk to any child who has grown up in the Rockford region, and he or she will most likely have a fond memory of a field trip to our museum.


Basic Museum Tour

Explore over 300 hands-on permanent exhibits on two floors of hands-on fun! Interactive exhibits cover topics on electricity, weather, agriculture, communication, color and light, air and flight, mathematics, simple machines, and the human body. Use Discovery Center Museum to teach a lesson your students won’t forget!

Next Generation Science Standards: ESS2.BD, ESS3.B, ETS1.AB, LS4.CD, LS3.A, PS2.AB PS3.ABCD, PS4.ABC

Length: 2 hours (longer if additional programs, tours or lunchtime is added)

Cost: $5.00 per student or chaperone for groups of 10 or more people; one free teacher per class for public and private schools. Other groups of 10 or more people are $5.00 per person. 

Chaperones: We suggest a ratio of one adult to five children for all tours, but require this ratio for self-guided tours.

Please schedule group tours a minimum of one week in advance. To begin the reservation process, complete the Group Visit Request Form. Someone will contact you to complete the reservation.  For additional questions, contact us at groupvisit@discoverycentermuseum.org or phone 815-963-6769.


Focused Field Trips

A range of theme-based field trips that inspire focused learning.


Planetarium Field Trips

Explore the night sky in our Planetarium.


Terrific Tuesdays

A 3-hour extravaganza of science, movement, and art at three museums!

Tips for Planning a Group Visit

Trip Times: Tours begin as early as 9:00 am. Monday - Friday. Guided tours are 2 hours in length.

Chaperones: We suggest a ratio of one adult per five children, but require this ratio for self-guided tours.

Payment: Payment in full is due upon arrival.

Gift Shop: Our gift shop offers a variety of fun, educational items, and is available to you and your students upon request. Gift bags range from $2.00-$5.00, and preorder options are available.

Lunch: Discovery Center Museum's indoor lunchroom is available for $10.00, only by reservation, first-come first-served.

Coupons & Passes: Discovery Center is happy to provide coupons and passes for student incentives, PTO events, and more. For more information or to make a special request, contact us.

To begin the reservation process, complete the Group Visit Request Form and someone will then contact you.  For additional questions, contact us via email or phone 815-963-6769.