Discovery Center Museum named a Top Ten Children's Museum in a new book by National Geographic Society

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Discovery Center Museum named a Top Ten Children's Museum in a new book by National Geographic Society


Rockford’s children’s science museum only Illinois site included in top ten

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Discovery Center Museum announced today that appears in a new book published by the National Geographic Society. The book, The Ten Best of Everything: Families, names Discovery Center to its list of “Top Ten Children’s Museums.” The book serves as a terrific guidebook for families wanting to explore the world outside their home.

Discovery Center was selected from more than 200 U.S. museums designed for children. It was the only Illinois museum to appear on the list.

The listing highlights Discovery Center’s:


Rock River Discovery Park, the first community-built outdoor science park in the nation.


Air And Flight gallery, with exhibits demonstrating the four basic principles of flight.


Rounding out the top ten are: Boston Children’s Museum; Strong National Museum of Play; Brooklyn Children’s Museum; Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Madison Children’s Museum; Children’s Museum of Houston; Minnesota Children’s
Museum; and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

A non-profit organization, Discovery Center has, over its 28-year history, established itself as a leader in the Rockford, regional, and national education communities. The Museum is also seen as a key player in the Rockford and Northern Illinois tourism markets. Through interactive exhibits and educational family programming, Discovery Center continually strives to meet the goal, established within its mission statement, of “creating opportunities for joyful learning and discovery through hands-on experiences in science and art.” Additional information about Discovery Center Museum is available at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.

Discovery Center Museum is a non-profit science and children’s museum with over 200 hands-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children under 6, and an outdoor science park. For additional information, the public is encouraged to call Discovery Center at (815) 963-6769 or visit the Museum’s web site at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.

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Discovery Center Museum is a non-profit children’s science museum providing hands-on math, science and art experiences for all ages with over 250 hand-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children under six, and an outdoor science park. Discovery Center is rated the #4 children’s museum in the nation by Child magazine and one of the top 12 children’s museums in the nation by Forbes.com. The Museum is located inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Ill. General admission to the Museum is: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Hours of operation are: 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week. For additional information, call (815) 963-6769 or log onto our website at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.