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“Great volunteer-led animal shows - membership is more than worth the price!”

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This interactive science museum for children includes a wide range of exhibits and a planetarium.
Reviewed June 18, 2013

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!

1  Thank Lorraine777
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Took my son to check it out, lots to see and do, hands on exhibits, and animal show. Very nice place...easily spent 3 hours there

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Visited family and took the kids to this Discovery Museum, also got in free having a membership at a museum in my home town which was a bonus! Their theme was Space so the kids had a lot of fun pretending to be astronauts and playing in the space ship! Lots to keep the little ones busy! They also have a room with animals to observe. Great outdoor area for picnics or hiking around and exploring! They do have daily shows, crafts or activities included with admission!

Thank rokeedy
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

There is a planetarium onsite and the museum exhibits change regularly. Lots of things for the children to see and do from live insects and animals to history and science exhibits and hands on projects. Membership here also gets you free and/or discounted admission to many other museums around the state. A wonderful learning center for children.

Thank JinFO
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I went with the my husband and 4-year-old daughter on a weekend. The museum is fairly small (I think there are four exhibit rooms), Challenger Learning Center (which is open for community/public simulated space missions only occasionally), a very basic planetarium, and some outdoor space. On the weekends, there are arts and crafts activities, animal shows and planetarium shows (free ticket required) -- check the website for the schedule. The exhibits are just right for children from about ages 3 to 8, but the space is a bit run down so parents and children may not want to stay for very long. Live animal exhibit has somewhat exotic specimens, including a frog, toad, huge cockroaches, turtles, rabbit and porcupine. Planetarium show is projected lights (no lasers), but the presenter is enthusiastic and informative. My daughter's favorites were the animal exhibit and the planetarium show. After we left, she asked when we could go again. On a weekend, the price for 2 adults and a 4-year-old is $22. That's a little expensive given that the museum is small and old, but worth it if your child learns and becomes excited about science. Free parking was nice, especially since this museum is a little out of the way in a not-so-great neighborhood. Annual family membership ($60) is definitely a bargain if your family will go a few times a year AND/OR travels and likes science museums, since it includes the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program. That's why we joined -- we will get free admission to lots of great science museums (throughout US and internationally, but at least 90 miles from your membership museum and home address), including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum in NYC.

4  Thank Lorraine777
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