Discovery Space is an interactive children's science museum designed to stimulate curiosity and spark imagination as children learn about the world around them. Families can learn and play together as they explore Discovery Space's ever changing exhibits. Explore how beavers live as you crawl through our Beaver Lodge. Encourage your youngest explorers to discover the fun to be had in the Nest. Try the latest exhibits made my Penn State's Mechanical Engineering Design Class.
Be a paleontologist. Come explore our new dinosaur dig. You'll find the fossils of meat eaters and plant eaters. There are lots of activities to do: dig for dinosaur fossils, match a fossil with its shape, learn some fun facts about dinosaurs, write a story, and do a search and find a word game!
Use an aerial map of Centre County to locate your home. Use your geographic skills to find a few interesting spots to visit and learn fun facts about Centre County.
At the edge of our forest is an enclosed area for the very young with fun games, music, and books to awaken young scientists and explorers. Discover the secrets of our environment. Search for wildlife and uncover the mysteries of nature. Use your imagination and become a black bear, barn owl, or timber rattlesnake in our puppet theater! Make yourself at home in the beaver lodge and learn about the habitat of beavers.
Light up your toddler's curiosity with colorful shapes and large legos in the nest!
The Weather Station
Learn to be a meteorologist and make a weather video of yourself!
Move over to the flood table and see how marshes and retention ponds reduce flooding. Study our mural of clouds or read the data from our rooftop weather station.
Create a soundscape, build a city, or make a design with colorful shapes!
Explore the depths of our cave, learn about native Pennsylvania bats, be amazed by the glow of fluorescent rocks, and see the cave formations - stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. After you've finished exploring the cave, learn about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks!
Located right outside of the Museum (next to Memorial Field) are six garden beds put in by volunteers, Master Gardeners, Home Depot, and Scott's Landscaping. The beds include a drought, sensory, veggie, butterfly, Snetsinger, Satellite, and pumpkin and gourd gardens plus a Four-Foot Farm. Feel free to stop by on a nice day! Sit in the big blue chair and watch the beanstalks grow! No admission fee required if only visiting the gardens.
Discovery Space Theater
The night sky is ever changing, and our scientific understanding of its phenomena is constantly evolving. ViewSpace is an internet-fed, self-updating exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope. It transforms the Discovery Space theater into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of inspiring and educational presentations of the latest and most beautiful in astronomy and space-based earth science.