Space Foundation Discovery Center

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Are meteorites a threat to our planet? Find out at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.

"Great Balls of Fire" is a traveling exhibit that details the origins and study of asteroids, comets and meteors, and examines potential threats to our planet. The "Great Balls of Fire" exhibit is on loan from the Space Science Institute in Boulder, and is included in the price of admission to the Discovery Center.


Elliot and Cynthia Pulham

In honor of Anna and Kathryn Probert

“Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF, NASA, JPL or the Space Science Institute."
“This work was completed by the Space Science Institute, which was supported by NSF under Grant No. ESI-0404414."

Coming Soon!

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red DogTM

Presented Locally by Pikes Peak Children's Museum

Exhibit Grand Opening – Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Don’t Miss This Very BIG Exhibit!

Limited Time Engagement at the Space Foundation Discovery Center

October 3 - January 16, 2016

Tuesday – Friday    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.*

Saturday                  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.*

*See Event Calendar for complete schedule details and holiday closures.

It’s the reddest exhibit to hit The Space Foundation Discovery Center!  Inspired by the top-rated TV series Clifford The Big Red Dog™ on PBS KIDS®, this exhibit is sure to delight young and old alike.  Board the birdwell island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford™.  Theexhibitoffers “Paws-on” adventures andtransports children to Clifford’s world and creates unique opportunities to engage children in rich educational content that reinforces “Clifford’s Big Ideas” - ten simple, tangible life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world, such as Share, Play Fair and Be Truthful. Help fill Clifford’s dog bowl.  Find “bone”-ifide treasures at T-Bone’s Beach.  Take your family’s order at Samuel’s Fish and Chips Shack.  Browse the Norman Bridwell Art Retrospective and see 40 years (that’s 280 dog-years!) of artwork. 

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum together with Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. ©2004 Scholastic and logos are trademarks of Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. CLIFFORD, EMILY ELIZABETH, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG and logos are trademarks of Norman Bridwell.  All rights reserved.  

Hours of Operation

School Year Hours
Aug. 18 through May 31
Tuesday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours
June 1 through Aug. 15
Monday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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

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.

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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.