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Don Harrington Discovery Center

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jbwhitehouse wrote a review Jul 2020
Dallas, Texas1,461 contributions576 helpful votes
Though everyone can learn something, this small science museum that looks geared for youngsters. The format is a circle with different exhibits from butterflies in a maze to electricity. ASTC membership provides free entry.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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JoAnn LeBlanc wrote a review Feb 2020
Amarillo, Texas4 contributions
Great place for kids of all ages. Love that they change things around pretty regularly and keep it interesting for visitors.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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TLN wrote a review Dec 2019
5 contributions
All kids, age 13,10&4 loved it. Could have stayed 3 hrs, but we got a membership to stop again on our way back. Lots of hands-on cool things the kids loved and science topics to explore later. They loved the awesome park next door.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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jamieallenisblessed wrote a review Aug 2019
Canyon, Texas, United States4 contributions5 helpful votes
I have been to the DHDC many times throughout the years. Today, our grandfather took myself and my 4 children to visit. $64 later, we walked out incredibly deflated. Many many of the exhibits are broken or do not work properly. Of the exhibits that do appear to work, you'd
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Sarah S, Public Relations Manager at Don Harrington Discovery Center
Responded Aug 26, 2019
Hi, thank you for your feedback. I'd like to take a minute to address some of your concerns. We understand that admission prices can get costly. Your best bet if you are local, is to buy a membership. $90 would get you and your family in for the entire year versus the $65 for one visit. We do train our staff to offer a membership when purchasing admission and we apologize if he/she did not communicate that. In regards to exhibits being broken or not working properly, we did check with our exhibits crew just after your review and they reported only one exhibit found to not be working properly and they now have it fixed- we do depend on our guests to alert us if something is not working properly so that we can arrange to have it fixed promptly. In regards to your comment about some exhibit pieces not having instructions posted, we understand this can be frustrating; however, many of the pieces are meant to be ‘exploratory’, meaning we don’t want to limit the imaginations of the children and guests. The pieces that you described as being labeled in a less appealing form are part of a traveling exhibit, of which we have no say in the materials that come with the exhibit pieces. Additionally, we are a non profit organization and our main concern is to provide intriguing and interactive exhibits, which unfortunately means that often times we cannot justify spending large sums of money on graphic displays. Our funds go toward bringing in new exhibits and creating an exciting learning environment for children. Making a donation to help the DHDC be better for everyone is always welcomed and appreciated. There is a Donate button on our website and a fun interactive donation box on the Pirate Ship in the front entry way. In regards to the Space Theater, there is a posted schedule for space theater shows on our website (along with descriptions and trailers) as well as outside the Theater itself. We strive to appeal to many different age groups when selecting our theater shows. We apologize that at the time of your visit, there were some exhibits that were walled off. This is a NEW exhibit coming soon. There is a sign in front of it stating this. We always hate to block off any section of our exhibit halls; however, when installing new exhibits, this sometimes takes days and lots of tools and equipment and we are committed to ensuring the safety of our patrons. The 2 televisions as you enter are showing LIVE shots from Space. It is meant to be watched. The human skeleton exhibit is in pieces because, again, it is exploratory and meant to be put back together by guests. The exhibit showing sound waves with water is again, meant to be exploratory. We do not just simply want to give guests the answers but rather let them use critical thinking to 'figure it out'. The Connect 4 game is not randomly placed – it is part of several games in the wing that are part of our 'Physics at Play' exhibit (billiards, battleship, connect 4). Our exhibits crew did check on this, and it appears to be in working order; you just have to make sure the bottom is secured with the pieces provided. We hope to have addressed all of your concerns. Any time you are visiting or feel frustrated with our exhibits, we encourage you to ask for a manager. Any of our managers would be happy to walk through all of your concerns and address or instruct on each one. We also welcome your phone call to discuss your feedback further. Our executive director is Dr. Aaron Pan and he can be reached at 355.9547. Thank you for your feedback.
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Terrence G wrote a review Jul 2019
DeSoto, Texas9 contributions
I have a membership with them; but have never been to the facility. They are a part of the museum consortium that allow members the same privileges at other museums across the country. I do intent to go someday.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Sarah S, Public Relations Manager at Don Harrington Discovery Center
Responded Aug 26, 2019
Hi, thank you for your review! We hope that the Passport Program has paid off for you when visiting other museums. We do hope to see you here soon!
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