Discovery Center Museum is located on the Riverfront Museum Park campus, with the Rockford Art Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History in downtown Rockford, Illinois. We're ideally located for a full day or two of education, adventure and family fun! Discovery Center is one of the top family attractions in Northern Illinois and has received recognition at the local, state, and national levels. Explore our more than 300 hands-on exhibtis. Check out our schedule of special events and temporary exhibits.


Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Open year-round except Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

For lodging and additional attractions in the Rockford area, visit


Where We Are

Discovery Center Museum
711 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 963-6769

Free Parking

Discovery Center has ample free parking

Admission Prices

$9.00/person beginning June 1, 2019
Free - Members and children age one and younger

Blue Star Museum

Free family admission for the military ID holder and up to five family members from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day.  Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Discovery Center on PBS

Watch Discovery Center's national debut on PBS's Behind the Scenes show! The short form documentary showcases the importance of children's museums to the education of children, as well as fostering family connections and the the impact on the quality of life in a community. Discovery Center was chosen to represent children's museums across the country!


Membership Options

Discovery Center offers a variety of membership options. Memberships typically pay for themselves in just a few visits! Basic family memberships start at $90 for a full year. Learn more at Become a Member.

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What People are saying!

Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

"15 Best Museums for Toddlers"



"A ton of outstanding exhibits! Worth every penny!!! Maybe the best kids museum I've ever been to."

- Scout Leader


"Big city museums aside, Discovery Center Museum is definitely the best children's museum we have visited!"

- Visit Flyover Country


"Best Kid-Friendly Museums around Chicago"



"One of the 12 Best Children's Museums"

- Forbes Magazine