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Discovery Center Museum

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Address: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103-6990
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+1 815-963-6769
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Amazing children's museum

We recently took two of our grandchildren to the museum. When it was time to go we had to force them and their parents to leave. What an amazing place for children and grownups... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Randar54
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Cherry Valley, Illinois
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Cherry Valley, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We recently took two of our grandchildren to the museum. When it was time to go we had to force them and their parents to leave. What an amazing place for children and grownups alike. Learning and fun combined. It doesn't get better than that!

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

Thank you for your recent review and rating of Discovery Center Museum. It's too bad for you that you had to force you family to leave, but we must admit we love reading that! We hope you and your family visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have a young one ( I brought a 3 year old) you can plan on being there a couple hours at least and they will be delighted. We plan on buying a family pass every year.

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

Sharon, thank you for your recent review and 5-star rating of Discovery Center Museum. We are happy to read that your 3-year-old enjoys it here so much. We are also happy to see that you plan on purchasing a membership. It only takes a few visits to spend as much as an annual membership costs. With a membership, your 3-year-old... More 

Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Discovery Center is one of the best children's museums I have ever been to. My grandchildren never want to leave. They change displays periodically so something is always new. It is worth a visit to Rockford to visit the Discovery Center.

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

Thank you so much for your recent review and 5-star rating of Discovery Center Museum. We appreciate the high praise and are happy to read that your grandchildren never want to leave...although that probably makes it tough for you to round them up and get them in the car! We hope you and your family can visit us again soon! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice children's museum full of at least a half days worth of activities. Decent sized parking lot, not too hard to find. I had a little fun myself.

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

Eric, thank you for your recent review and rating of Discovery Center. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with others. And we are happy to read that you had fun yourself! We always tell people that there is both fun and learning here for people of all ages! More 

Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great interactive museum. My two and a half year old is happy happy happy! Open every day which makes Sunday great fun. The entrance ticket ($8 per person) means you can go out and come back throughout the day. Loads to do for all ages. I didn't bring a change of clothes though so I'm kind of hoping she doesn't... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review and 5-star rating. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and recommend us. We are happy your toddler is so happy! Hopefully if your daughter encountered the water play area you were able to put one of our waterproof aprons on her first! Thanks again and we hope you come... More 

Woodstock
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took children ages 2 to 7 the first time and ages 2 to 7 the second time and they all found things that they were real interested in to do. It was also nice to bring our lunch with that many children is was very cost effective.

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

Dear Leilani, Thank you for your recent visit and review of Discovery Center Museum. We appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts about our museum. Our goal is to provide hands-on fun and education for children of ages and provide families a place where both their younger and older children can all enjoy the same experience. We know... More 

Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for kids. I do wish their business hours were different. They have a lot of different type of activities for children.

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

Thank you for your comment and 5-star rating. We appreciate you taking the time to review us! We are happy to read you enjoy our museum. As for hours, we do not open to the public until 10 am because we often have school groups in the early morning and we want to move then through to make the general... More 

Rockford, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent hands on children's activity. They have science based exhibits for all ages and playful areas for younger children. The play type area has a play pizza restaurant where "pizza's are made, cooked, boxed, delivered..; a race car pit stop, a crane, a kitchen , a water table, wood train setup. Science includes electricity, wind, mechanical, motion,... More 

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

Thank you for your recent review and 5-star rating for Discovery Center. We appreciate you taking the time to share your perceptions with others! We love having grandparents visit with their grandchildren. If you don't already have one, you may want to consider a grandparent membership. It is $85 and is good for 2 grandparents and all grandchildren age 17... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

We've been members off and on for several years. It is truly a gem in Rockford for kid activities, I highly recommend it for those in for the day or even people that live in the area. If you have the stamina, look to see if there is a deal to see the Discovery Center and Burpee in one day.

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

Heather, Thanks so much for your review and 5-star rating. We appreciate the time you took to write about us! We are always happy to hear from members and love being referred to as a "gem" in Rockford. We do have a Same Day Savings program with Burpee Museum of Natural History. If you visit us, save your receipt, show... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We came to the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, as we wanted to try a different children's museum. We were quite happy with the choice. There is more than enough for the kids to play with and learn. We had two 3 year olds and an 18 month old, and they all found things that they enjoyed. Plenty of clean... More 

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Thank Allen21096
Michael R, Associate Director at Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the positive review and 5-star rating. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts! We are happy to read that your toddlers enjoyed not only our Tot Spot, but other exhibits in the museum. And we are also pleased to read that you traveled from out of town and found Discovery Center to... More 

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