Discovery Center Museum is located on the Riverfront Museum Park campus, with the Rockford Art Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History in downtown Rockford, Illinois. We're ideally located for a full day or two of education, adventure and family fun! Discovery Center is one of the top family attractions in Northern Illinois and has received recognition at the local, state, and national levels.


Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Open year-round except Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

For lodging and additional attractions in the Rockford area, visit

Where We Are

Discovery Center Museum
711 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 963-6769

Free Parking

Discovery Center has ample free parking

Admission Prices

Free - Members and children age one and younger

Blue Star Museums Program

Between Memorial Day, May 29 and Labor Day, September 4, 2017, active duty military personnel and up to five family members will be provided with free admission to Discovery Center. This free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps.

Forest City Queen Rides

This summer, the Rockford Park District is partnering with Discovery Center to offer 45-minute tours of the Rock River on the Forest City Queen. The riverboat will dock behind Discovery Center and offer rides on June 20, July 11, July 25, August 1 and Auguest 8. Rides depart at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm. Tickets are $4 in addition to Discovery Center admission. To purchase Forest City Queen tickets online, go to

Membership Options

Discovery Center offers a variety of membership options. Memberships typically pay for themselves in just a few visits! Basic family memberships start at $85 for a full year. Learn more at Become a Member.

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What People are saying!

"One of the 10 Best Children's Museums"



"A ton of outstanding exhibits! Worth every penny!!! Maybe the best kids museum I've ever been to."

- Scout Leader


"Big city museums aside, Discovery Center Museum is definitely the best children's museum we have visited!"

- Visit Flyover Country


"One of the 12 Best Children's Museums"

- Forbes Magazine