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Discovery Center Museum

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Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL
Phone Number: (815) 963-6769
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This place is a good spot to have fun and learn at the same time. Kept kids ages 5, 7 and 9 busy for a few hours. Look like they have a separate spit for toddlers to play and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a good spot to have fun and learn at the same time. Kept kids ages 5, 7 and 9 busy for a few hours. Look like they have a separate spit for toddlers to play and learn as well. The outdoor area was closed because it was raining. When we went though, it was super busy because... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Jennifer, thanks so much for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center. We are glad you and your kids enjoyed yourselves. During the summer we do get some summer camps that come for a field trip. They tend to be here more often in the mornings. We hope you'll come back when it is not raining so your family... More 

WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a fun place to spend a few hours. Lots of hands on exhibits, we all enjoyed testing ourselves in the physical fitness area, big outside play area. Neat space area showcasing Janice Voss, a female astronaut from the area. Good fit for the elementary age kids. The site shares space with the Rockford Art Museum and Burpee Museum... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center Museum. We are glad you enjoyed the myriad of things to do. And thanks for mentioning our friends - the Rockford Art Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History. We have a wonderful museum campus - something for everyone! When you return to visit, keep your receipt from... More 

Chicago, IL
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

+ Great for children at any age + Mostly indoor activities so great for rainy and snowy days + Outdoor play area also available if weather permits; It has views of the river + Various activities: Farm, outer space, grain transport machine, flight simulator for those aspiring pilots out there, bubble machines, pulleys and lever experiment, see yourself on the... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the museum so much and gave details about all the wonderful exhibits we offer both inside and outside! While there are many beautiful neighborhoods in Rockford, depending on the route you take to our museum, you certainly do have to drive through dilapidated... More 

Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband were visiting family in Ill, and my grandkids are 18 months and 4, and needed something fun to do for the afternoon. So we went to the Discovery Center Museum. What a super awesome fun place. Everything there is hands on, and our kids had a great time. So many different things to do and see. Even the... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center. We are happy to read that you and your grandchildren both had fun! While many of our special events and/or activities are free, they are included with museum admission. Admission is free for our members and for any child age 1 or younger; and $8/person for the public.... More 

Roscoe, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great for kids and very entertaining. Well worth the money and trip from out of town. Be sure to visit both the Discovery Center and the Burpee Museum.

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and with our neighbor, Burpee Museum of Natural History. We hope you visit us again soon! More 

Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been to Discovery Center multiple times over the course of many years, first with my own young children and now with grandchildren. Half of it has stayed the same, but they have also added quite a bit as well. It definitely keeps children entertained for hours and hours. There is an additional outdoor play area which is another asset... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center. We are so pleased to read that you and two generations of your own family have enjoyed our museum! It is a fine line between having new things for visitors to enjoy and keeping the crowd favorites so children aren't disappointed when they arrive and their favorite exhibit is gone.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic play museum with 2 floors and a huge interactive outdoor playground. Kids of all ages will enjoy and the exhibits are always changing to keep kids excited to see what's different with each visit.

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center. Your words are music to our ears! We hope you visit us again soon. More 

Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place. Very educational and fun place to spend time. Clean, organized, spacious. Ample parking. Friendly staff.

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Thank emtsnts
Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent review of Discovery Center. We're glad to read that you found us both educational and fun as that is our mission...to help children and families discover the joy of learning! We hope you will visit us again soon. More 

Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My goddaughters love this place. The tot spot changes regularly and is always a huge hit. The kids can safely explore, touch, play, and learn about their world while having fun. It's even fun for the adults along for the ride. The museum is big enough to feel like you've gotten your money's worth and small enough to not be... More 

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Thank Liz R
Michael R, associate director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review of Discovery Center. We're so glad to read that your goddaughters, as well as you, enjoy visiting us! We hope you will return soon! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had our 6 year old grandson for the day and decided to go to this attraction. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Our grandson was so excited he ran from exhibit to exhibit. He enjoyed the demonstration on electricity. The various hand's on experiences were very well done. I especially liked the fact that the play area had... More 

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Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center. We are glad to read that both you and your grandson enjoyed your time with us. We are also happy to read that you found the healthy snacks we offer in our gift shop. A good snack can be a life-saver for the trip home! We get... More 

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