Space Foundation Discovery Center

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours
June 1 – Aug. 15
Monday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
School Year Hours
Aug. 16 – May 31
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We suggest arrival at least 45 minutes before closing

The Discovery Center may close during extreme weather. Days, hours and rates are subject to change. Planned closures are listed here

*Beginning June 1, 2015, the Discovery Center will be open Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

**School Year Hours will begin August 16, 2015, Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spring Break Tinkering at the Discovery Center

March 24-28

Come explore science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM)! 

Tuesday - Friday activities are offered from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 and from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY - Junk Art Creations: Take recycled material and make a space-themed art product
  • WEDNESDAY - Spray Paint Space Art: Enjoy making outrageous works of art with a cool spray painting technique
  • THURSDAY - Create an Automaton: Enjoy a playful way of exploring simple mechanical elements with a personalized creative machine
  • FRIDAY - Make Photograms: Enjoy creating photographic images with light sensitive paper

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 - 12:00, build and prep for:
Chain Reaction Machine
(Rube Goldberg Machine): Show off your best science and engineering skills and help the Space Foundation create one massive Chain Reaction Machine. Bring your own materials or your own chain reaction machine and add it to everyone else's to create one huge machine.
We'll launch our Chain Reaction Machine at noon on Saturday, March 28!
Other featured activities included in Discovery Center admission, March 24-28

In our Lockheed Martin Space Education Center:
  • Tuesday and Thursday, Minecraft from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., in our AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory
  • Wednesday and Friday, Kerbal from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., in our AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory
  • Saturday, Mars Robotics Laboratory activities, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Tinkering Stations throughout the week:

  • Light Boxes
  • K'NEX toys for build and exploring
  • Windtubes
  • Marble Maze
  • Cloud Chamber

 Activities are subject to change, and parents/guardian must accompany children

Register for Spring Break Tinkering here.
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Discovery Center Store

The Discovery Center Store is open Tuesday - 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.

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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®.



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

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.

Find out how you can experience the Space Foundation Discovery Center

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

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.

See what we have planned for the future - and find out how you can make an impact.