Discovery Museum and Planetarium (The)

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium is a museum for all ages.

From a full-dome planetarium and telescopes to our Challenger Learning Center offering unique team-building experiences for corporations and grade-appropriate STEM education, enjoy over 100 exhibit areas and galleries featuring interactive, hands-on explorations of science, technology and ideas. Join us and rediscover the world around you.   Visit daily, Sign up for Summer Programs and Plan your birthday party with us!

Every Day at Discovery:

Permanent ExhibitsOur permanent exhibits feature Space, Light, Sound and Green Energy galleries; the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium; and Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center. Visiting Exhibits Several times a year our main level galleries showcase different traveling exhibits from around the world. Each new exhibit provides you with a unique opportunity to “discover the wonder” in our world.


Birthday parties at The Discovery Museum cover a wide range of engaging science topics for children ages 3 to 13. Admission to museum exhibits and public planetarium shows are included in party fees.  Check our website for details.

Summer Programs: Pre-K – Grade 9

Sign your children up for our week or two week long, exciting, hands on programs and open the doors to a whole new world of exploration. Program instructors are members of the museum’s highly trained staff.  Go to our website for details.






Hands on Birthday Parties are Educational and Fun

Discover sweet science in Candy Lab! Have creepy, crawly fun in Bug U! Build and design in Maker Lab! Hands-on learning fun for kids Kindergarten to grade 9, June-August. Weekly programs include: A Pirate's Life, Maker Blocks, Spa Science, Dinos, Mad Scientist Lab; Grades 6-9 enjoy Roller Coaster Science, Ocean Academy, and 3-D Design. Full- and half-days are offered. Scout Badge Programs, custom Learning Labs and demos for homeschoolers, daily planetarium shows, plus themed-birthday parties, overnights, and museum rentals all available. Open seven days a week from July–September.