Vacation website names Discovery Center a top destination

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CONTACT:
Ann Marie Walker, Marketing Manager
(815) 963-6769, ext. 2832
annmariew@discoverycentermuseum.org

Vacation website names Discovery Center a top destination


ROCKFORD, Ill. –– Discovery Center Museum announced today that it was named one of the “10 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.” by Family Vacation Critic. Discovery Center was one of two Illinois museums named in the article. See http://www.familyvacationcritic.com.

“We are so proud of our museum for receiving this recognition,” explains Sarah Wolf, executive director of Discovery Center Museum. “We are thrilled to bring such positive recognition to our museum and our community,” she adds.

In the Family Vacation Critic article, Discovery Center shares the spotlight with museums such as the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Boston Children’s Museum; Children’s Museum of Houston; and the Minnesota Children’s Museum. There are over 200 children’s museums in the United States.

Discovery Center served 265,000 people in 2012–a new record for the museum. It served almost 174,000 visitors on site and another 91,000 through the museum’s outreach programs.

In 2002, Child magazine ranked Discovery Center 4th in the first-ever survey to identify the 10 best children’s museums in the nation. Then in 2009, Discovery Center was included in the book, The Ten Best of Everything: Families in the category of children’s museums. In 2012, Forbes included Discovery Center in their list of the 12 best children’s museums in the United States.

Family Vacation Critic website features reviews of family-friendly hotels, resorts, destinations and attractions. The site is packed with ideas on where to go next, highlights the best family travel deals and provides advice for traveling with kids of all ages. Family Vacation Critic is published by online travel specialist The Independent Traveler, Inc -- a subsidiary of TripAdvisor LLC.

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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. Discovery Center Museum, the nation’s Fourth Best Children’s Museum as cited by Child magazine, and one of 12 museums included in Forbes.com’s article, The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. Discovery Center is located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Ill. General admission to the Museum is $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to children age 1 and younger and Museum members. Hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week.

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For additional information, please contact Marketing Manager Ann Marie Walker at (815) 963-6769, ext. 2832 or by e-mail at annmariew@discoverycentermuseum.org.


 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.