Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of admission?

Admission is $9 for each person age two or older. Admission is FREE for Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger.

How long should we plan to be there?

There is no exact answer to this question. It all depends on your child’s age and interests. First-time visitors spend close to three hours. Out-of-towners make us a destination and visit us for a good portion of the day. Remember, we are located on a museum campus, so there is also the Rockford Art Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History you can visit! We are a one-stop for family fun: play, learn, eat, shop - repeat!

Are strollers allowed in the museum?

Strollers are allowed in the museum. They may be left in our unattended coat area across from the Admission Desk or remain with you during your visit to the Museum. There is also space directly outside the Tot Spot area to park your stroller.  Please refrain from leaving your stroller in high traffic areas such as exhibit entrances and exits.

May I bring food and beverages into the museum?

Food and beverages (other than bottles and sippy cups) are not allowed in the exhibit areas. Guests are welcome to enjoy their drinks or lunches in our lunchroom (when it is not reserved for events or school field trips), at tables in our lobby, or outside at one of our many picnic tables. We offer a variety of snacks, sandwiches, drinks and coffee in our vending machines. You are also welcome to leave the Museum to eat at one of many restaurants located within a five-minute drive from Discovery Center and return to the Museum by simply showing us your Discovery Center receipt.

What age range is appropriate?

Discovery Center Museum is for the young and young at heart, but specifically, we target children from birth to age 12 and their families. Each of our exhibits, experiences and programs have been designed to engage a broad range of children’s ages and interests. Only Tot Spot is limited to children age 6 and younger and their caretakers.

What do you offer for infants and toddlers?

Discovery Center Museum has great spaces for infants and toddlers. Tot Spot is designed for children age 6 and younger and their parents. This interactive fun-filled wonderland offers tots the opportunity to explore, discover, experiment and wonder. Tot Spot is located on the second floor. Inside Tot Spot is Baby Spot, an area designed specifically for babies 18 months and younger. Also inside Tot Spot is a quiet room made especially for nursing mothers and children that may just need a little quiet time.

What do I do if I lost something at the museum?

You can contact us at 815-963-6769.

What types of accommodations do you provide for people with disabilities?

Discovery Center Museum is committed to providing exhibits, programs, and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all visitors. Please visit our accessibility page for more information on the accommodations offered by the museum. We  have  wheelchairs available upon request. We also have a Visual Systems Guide for families to use during their visit.

Can I drop off my child and leave, or do I need to be with my child at the museum?

We ask that all children under the age of 15 be accompanied by an adult or chaperone at least 16 years of age at all times.  Any child under 14 on his/her own will be escorted to the Admission Desk to remain there until a parent or caretaker is located. Each non-adult chaperone (ages 16-17) may be responsible for no more than three children under the age of 12.

When can I avoid crowds?

Arrive early when we open at 10:00 am to avoid crowds. However, the Tot Spot exhibit area is typically busier in the mornings, but this is an excellent time for infant/toddler group play, and for parents to socialize with each other within the exhibit! During the school year, a visit after 1:00 pm avoids school tours. Our busiest times happen during school breaks.

Are firearms or weapons allowed?

As posted at the entrance to the Museum and according to laws from the State of Illinois, for the safety of our children, no weapons (including concealed or open carry) are allowed in the Museum. The only exceptions to this policy are for law enforcement.

What are the perks of a Discovery Center Membership?

Museum Members receive unlimited free admission for a full year! Members receive a variety of benefits, from discounts to birthday parties, classes and special traveling exhibitions, to special members-only events. And, for a family of four, a Family Membership pays off in just three visits!

If you would like to buy a membership, please visit the Admissions Desk before it closes at 5:00 pm for the day’s admission to be applied to your membership purchase.
Please note: Admission already paid will be applied to membership balance if purchased on the same day only.
Additionally, Gift Memberships of various levels are a great way to give the gift of innovative, child-centered fun to someone else!