Discovery Museum

Young scientists and budding astronauts on Sacramento excursions won’t want to miss the riveting excitement of Discovery Museum Science and Space Center! Guests will explore a myriad of hands-on learning opportunities through an extensive array of fascinating displays and fun and engaging permanent and rotating exhibits. Open since 1951, this self-proclaimed dynamic regional hub engages and inspires visitors of all ages to investigate the wonders and possibilities of modern science.

In the Challenger Learning Center, an interactive space mission simulator consisting of a realistic Mission Control and Spacecraft, students assume the roles of astronauts and scientists and launch into space on critical, virtual NASA missions. In the Robotics Lab, they learn to assemble and program robots! The immersive experience of an actual dig allows future archaeologists to work in teams using specific tools, methodology and technique to excavate awesome ancient relics on the museum grounds. Twenty-minute star shows in Northern California's only public planetarium afford guests a dazzling introduction to the endless night sky over Sacramento.

Embark on a leisurely exploration of the Museum’s beautiful woodlands and don’t miss out on the butterfly garden! Unpack and enjoy your lunch in the serenity of a shaded picnic area surrounded by 14-acres of native flora and fauna.