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Discovery Museum and Planetarium

Fuel your child's wild curiosity and innate creativity with three floors of hands-on exhibits, shows and activities! Explore the cosmos with daily planetarium shows. Touch a meteorite that fell to Earth 50,000 years ago. Capture the thrill of wild weather, take a tour of exoplanets, or unlock the secrets of the Earth on a giant, 3-D sphere. Discover an “Energy Network” with catapults, solar power and simple machines. Test physics (without even knowing!) using pulley chairs, levers, and giant magnets. Create a masterpiece on a massive Light-Brite station, or challenge yourself in the “DARE to Discover” gallery.


Bring a lunch! Discovery Museum has a large food court with windows overlooking the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum ropes course behind our building. Our food court hasvending machines offering snacks and beverages, but no other food concessions are available on site. We encourage guests to bring your own lunch to enjoy during your visit.

Getting Here

Located in a scenic section of the North End of Bridgeport, Discovery Museum is nestled in Veterans Memorial Park just off the Merritt Parkway.  Our location at 4450 Park Avenue is minutes from the main entrance to Sacred Heart University, and across the street from the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course.

We also share our campus with the Discovery Interdistrict Magnet School, and the Adventure Park at Discovery.


Creative parties for toddlers to teens showcase hands-on, awesome science adventures for the most memorable birthday ever! Trending parties include:Superheroes - Slime - Star Force Adventures - Dinos - and even a Mission to the Moon in our Challenger Center (a space station and mission control simulation experience). Themed celebrations and take-home fun can be customized; enjoy special pary discounts and more with Museum your perfect party today!


Food/balloon/party packages are available. Museum members enjoy special discounts!

Please contact our Guest Services and Birthday Party Administrator, Madelyn Gerrity for more information about hosting your party at the Discovery Museum! You can reach her at (203) 372-3521 ext. 136 or

Birthday Brochure


Membership is your key to an array of STEM learning fun at Discovery and beyond. Every Member Receives:

FREE ADMISSION: To The Discovery Museum, including many popular Special Event Days

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Members Only Programs and Advance Notice of Programs and Events

DISCOUNTED RATES: On Summer Programs, Birthday Parties, and Museum Rentals (not included with Individual Memberships)

SPECIAL ACCESS: Advance registration and Discounts on Museum Programs, including Summer Programs and Weekend Workshops

STAY UPDATED: E-Newsletter and E-Blasts featuring fun STEM news, “try this at home” projects, and other ways to expand the STEM learning fun

VISIT MUSEUMS NATIONWIDE: Benefits at 300+ participating Museums and Science Centers with the ASTC Travel Passport Program*

Download our complete Membership brochure

Download our complete Membership brochure


Summer is for exploration!

Each summer, Discovery Museum welcomes kids from Kindergarten to Grade 9 for interactive STEM learning adventures that explore a wide array of topics. Click here for a printable version of our summer brochure!

Open hours: 
Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Academic, Science, Hands-on, Home Schooling, Preschool, Special Needs