Discovery Room

Our Discovery Room is a hands-on exhibit space designed for visitors to explore museum objects in a stimulating and fun environment. Discover objects housed in the collection drawers, complete a series of tabletop activities, excavate dinosaur bones or simply examine the many wonders displayed in the room. All programs offered in the Discovery Room are free with museum admission.

Explore It! 

11:30 a.m. - noon on Saturdays. Join us as we explore the what, why and how of the natural world! What objects sink or float? Why are rainbows colorful? How is sound made? We’ll figure out the answers to these questions and more as we investigate, experiment and learn about the world around us!

Discovery Time

2 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Join us in the Discovery Room for programs geared for preschool and elementary-age children. Programs are interactive with a hands-on activity and may include stories, crafts and discovery table specimens.

Scavenger Hunts!

Available every day at the front desk. Search our "Explore Evolution" exhibit and use this exciting scavenger hunt to learn more about the rapidly evolving viruses and whales that walked!

Are you a visiting school group?

Discovery Room Sessions allow school groups to participate in free-choice learning opportunities and free play activities that enhance their understanding of natural and cultural history. These 25-minute sessions are most appropriate for Pre-K through grade 5 and are limited to a maximum of 25 students per session. Reserve your Discovery Room Session today!