Discovery Center Museum is a children's science museum 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 exhibits. Check out our schedule of special events and temporary exhibits.


Collins Aerospace Live Science Theater

Enjoy entertaining, interactive science shows in theater setting. These 30-minute shows are fun and educational for the whole family and include topics such as physics, chemistry, electricity, sound, color and light and more. The theater is also available to rent for meetings and special events.



Tuesday - Sunday – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Closed on Mondays


Makerspace Hours

 Wednesday-Friday – Noon - 4:00 PM

Saturday – 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday – Noon - 4:00 PM


For lodging and additional attractions in the Rockford area, visit GoRockford.com.



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

Free - Members and children age one and younger

All children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are an adult without a child interested in visiting the Museum during regular business hours, we require you to contact our office and schedule a visit at least 5 days in advance of your visit. A valid ID or driver’s license must be presented upon arrival, and a staff member will accompany you. For more information about our Adult Visitor Policy click here.

Donation Days

Discovery Center aims to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible play environment for all children to learn, create, and explore. Donation Days offer select afternoons and evenings when Illinois residents are encouraged to contribute what they feel the experience is worth and can afford.

Designed specifically for families, Donation Days are open to Illinois residents. With a valid state ID or driver’s license proving Illinois residency for adults, children and their caregivers can enjoy free general admission on designated Donation Days.

Summer 2024 dates include:

Tuesday, June 11: 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 25: 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, July 9: 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 23: 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 6: 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 20: 1:00 - 4:30 pm

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 $135 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"

- FamilyVacationCritic.com


"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!"


- Mother of 4

"This is probably one of the best children’s museums in Chicagoland, the outdoor play area is absolutely beautiful and is so much fun for kids of all ages, I have four girls ages 11-4 and they ALL love it here. Thank you for such a great experience every time!"

- Visit Flyover Country


"Best Kid-Friendly Museums around Chicago"



"One of the 12 Best Children's Museums"

- Forbes Magazine