Space Foundation Discovery Center

Upcoming Events

June 02, 2016 to September 10, 2016 June 27, 2016 to July 01, 2016
June 28, 2016 to July 01, 2016 July 02, 2016
July 04, 2016 July 05, 2016 to July 08, 2016

Explore Space Experience

Launch your future explorers, scientists and engineers into a memorable summer adventure at the Space Foundation Discovery Center.

Explore Space Experience was created to inspire and engage children, ages 9 - 12 and to provide an educational, memorable experience. Your future explorers will enjoy a variety of hands-on, immersive activities and experiences based on space and science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).


Featured Exhibit: The Red Planet in 3D

A New Perspective on Mars
The Red Planet in 3D

Don’t Miss this Captivating Exhibition – Here for a Limited Engagement

Experience and learn about MarsExpress, Europe’s first independently performed mission to another planet. Since 2003, the probe has been orbiting the Red Planet to gain new insights as to the geology, mineralogy and atmosphere of Mars. The main aim of the mission is to look for signs of water, which is believed to have covered large expanses of the planet’s surface in its early history.

Learn about Volcanism, Water, Ice, Erosion, Wind and Tectonics – the six natural forces that have significantly formed Mars over billions of years.

This intriguing 3D exhibition is an initiative of the German Space Agency of the DLR (Bonn) and has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Discovery Center Store

The Discovery Center Store is open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Items for sale include:

  • Astronaut Ice Cream
  • Space Gifts
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • T-shirts
  • Greeting Cards
  • Art Prints
  • Science Kits

Store proceeds support the Space Foundation's space awareness and education programs.

Discovery Center Passport Program

Get a Discovery Passport for admission savings and enjoy 10 percent off all purchases in the Discovery Center Store, as well as many other valuable member-only benefits! Click here to learn more.

click to download couponThe Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region's first and only space, science and technology attraction. It is an interactive, museum-quality destination that advances space-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S-STEM) in the exciting context of space exploration, development and utilization. 

The Discovery Center features the El Pomar Space Gallery, displaying the Space Foundation's collection of space artifacts. The Discovery Center is also home to our Lockheed Martin Space Education Center and the Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science On a Sphere®.

Expansion plans for the future include a state-of-the-art interactive teaching auditorium and a Space Technology Hall of Fame®.


Here's what you'll learn about when you visit the El Pomar Space Gallery.

See the spectacular Science On A Sphere® and learn about our Earth and our universe.

See the spectacular Science On A Sphere® and learn about our Earth and our universe.

Generous community and industry support makes the Discovery Center, Northrop Grumman Science Center and El Pomar Space Gallery possible.

Find out how to become part of the Space Foundation Discovery Center - as a volunteer, as a benefactor or by donating space artifacts.

We appreciate your support in keeping the Discovery Center safe, clean, pleasant and educational... check here for important information.