My 5-year-old and I have visited the museum a handful of times since we became members about six months ago. I initially gave it three circles but am upgrading my review to four circles. Why? It's still an older, smaller museum. However, I am very impressed with the interesting, interactive science exhibits for children and the educational value (including arts and crafts) of all of their activities, which are plentiful. (Members get a monthly newsletter that previews upcoming activities.) The planetarium shows are always interesting -- they include space-related current events and a preview of what kids can see in the sky during this time of the year. We went to an animal show on Sunday - a 13-year-volunteer did an educational presentation about owls and had the museum's screeching owl. Kids had a chance to get up close (but not touch) the owl. All of the instructors/volunteers/docents are incredibly enthusiastic about getting children excited about science, and really engage with them. Interestingly, we visited a much larger space museum recently, and were disappointed to learn that the planetarium show was actually a movie! My child never turns down an offer to visit the Discovery Museum. Bring a snack or lunch - there are picnic tables outside. We're looking forward to the opening of the museum in a new, state-of-the-art space, the Powerhouse Science Center, sometime next year!
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