Discovery Center is located on the Riverfront Museum Park campus, with the Rockford Art Museum and adjacent to the Burpee Museum of Natural History in downtown Rockford, Illinois. We're ideally located for a full day or two of education and adventure.
Monday - Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
For lodging and additional attractions in the Rockford area, visit GoRockford.com.
Where We Are
Discovery Center Museum
If you are driving from the south or west please note these construction areas.
The ramp to US20 EB (eastbound) from IL 2 and Main Street is closed to all traffic until 11/26/2014.
For directions to avoid this construction click here.
Here's what People
are saying about Discovery Center!
"One of the 10 Best Children's Museums" --
"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 the definitely the best children's museum we have visited!" -- Visit Flyover Country
"One of the 12 Best Children's Museums" -- Forbes Magazine
Free - Members and children age one and younger
Groups: Special reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more with at least 10 days advanced registration. Groups are not scheduled on Thursdays after 1:00 p.m.
Same Day Savings Discount: Receive $1.00 off general admission to the Burpee Museum of Natural History when you visit on the same day.
Family SuperPass - $125 ($250 2-year)*
Family Pass - $80 ($150 2-year)
Two adults and your own children under the age of 18
Grand Pass - $80 ($150 2-year)
Two grandparents and all of your grandchildren under the age of 18
Individual - $55 ($100 2-year)
All memberships include free admission to participating Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC). Learn more about becoming a member.
Take Bypass 20 East towards Chicago and get off at 11th St/251North.
Take 11st Street North to Charles Street-You will pass these streets heading North on 11th Street.
At Charles Street you will turn left. Stay in right lane on Charles Street (you will see Swedish American Hospital complex on your right). The next street with be 9th Street and it is a one way heading north. You turn right on 9th Street. Stay in the middle lane. Next light is State Street. Go past State Street and go around curve and look to be in the left lane to take Whitman St. Exit. It is a left exit off of N. 2nd Street.
Come across the Whitman Street Bridge and move to the left lane. The light will be North Main St. That is a one way going north. Go past North Main to Church Street-(that the next light)- Church Street is a one way going south. You want to turn left on Church Street. Stay in left lane-you should start to see museum signs. Turn left on Locust which is just past the Associated Bank (on left).
Locust Street is a short block and you will have two turn lanes turning left onto North Main which is a one way street heading north. Stay in the right lane that turns left and the entrance to the Museum complex is a half block north from Locust. Turn into the parking lot and the entrance to complex is on the north side of the parking lot.
Discovery Center Museum phone number 815-963-6769