Explore over 300 Interactive Exhibits!

Would you like to soar through the sky in a jet, then explore the universe? Would you like to forecast the weather in a television studio? Or show off your coordination and dance moves on a fitness floor? How about using your own body to generate electricity? You can even go outside to our Rock River Discovery Park and navigate the two-story maze, search for dinosaur fossils and make a splash in the water play area.

When you visit Discovery Center Museum, you and your family can explore the world, and even the universe, without ever leaving our inspiring environment. The thrill of exploration and discovery is built into every one of our 300-plus hands-on science and arts exhibits located inside Discovery Center Museum and outside in our Rock River Discovery Park.

planetarium photo copy 2Experience the night sky in Discovery Center's Planetarium. Our multimedia astronomy presentations cover planets, stars, space exploration, and constellations. Stop in for a show that will keep you gazing at the stars!

Show tickets are $1.00/person for the public and $0.50 for members. They can be purchased at our Admission Desk.




One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Recommended for children ages 4-7 and their families.

Big Bird and Elmo explore the night sky and discover that we see the same phases of the moon as our friends across the world!


Earth, Sun and Moon

Recommended for children ages 7+

This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science.


Discover the Stars

Recommended for ages 7+

Experience the night sky in Discovery Center's planetarium! Shows are tailored to school-age children and older and talk about planets, stars, space exploration and constellations. Shows are approximately 30 minutes. 



The planetarium system is a gift from the Kiwanis Club of Rockford.

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