CULTURE CORNER: Discovery Space

If your family lives in Centre County and you’re interested in science and technology, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania is a must-see. Featuring hands-on science fun through interactive exhibits and programs, it’s perfect for kids … and adults are bound to learn something, too!

It all began in 2002 when the Downtown State College Improvement District and other members of the community envisioned a community-oriented science museum. The facility first opened its doors to the public in 2011.

Membership improved over the years, and in 2016, the museum welcomed its 700th member. In 2017, Discovery Space moved to its current location, a larger facility on North Atherton Street just minutes from downtown and Penn State's campus.

The facility currently has over 45 interactive exhibits designed to encourage play, exploration and experimentation. Each exhibit examines a scientific or mathematical concept, and each is designed to spark curiosity and creativity. Discovery Space benefits from its proximity to Penn State, as students and staff are often involved in both program delivery and exhibit development.

Discovery Space is not only a place to bring your children, but their friends, too. The space is available to rent for birthday parties and events, such as field trips.

Entry is $7 per person, with children under 3 free. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

The facility is open Wednesday through Sunday, with varying hours. On-site parking is available.

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