The Discovery Reno
Where are we going today?
Ever wanted to travel to the past, or climb a cloud? Well, the Discovery Museum will allow you to!
The Discovery is a hands-on science center, designed JUST to spark your curiosity - no matter what the age!
In fact there is 67,000 sq ft of every-changing, hands-on galleries and exhibits that are focused on science, art, history, engineering, and even invention. All of these are designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and the joy of learning!
Kids and parents will discover and experience fascinating exhibitions - from space, cars, science and nature.
You can explore a cave, pitch a tent, and wade in a stream as you interact with Nevada's incredible wildlife. You can explore the art of inventing and try and come up with your own life changing invention! You can try your hand at building a green home with renewable energy, or splash around and get a little wet in their 80 foot long working model of the Truckee River!
For those little scientists, they can visit Little Discoveries where they can climb, explore, and work together.
The museum also feature special events which you must keen an eye out for so you don't miss them! Love robots!? Then Discovery After Dark is where you need to be - where you will have the change to explore an awesome variety of robotic technologies, including the funny names squiggle 'bots and Cubelets. A great example of one of their special events.
Fancy camping but don't own a tent? No problem! The camp-in program is a great educational experience for schools, scouts, or just your family. When most of the people leave, your adventure begins!
So get your discovery hat on as there is much to see and do!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 1 year
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Tues, & Thurs - Sat / 9am - 8pm Wed / Noon to 5pm Sun
Open year-round. Closed Mondays except Memorial Day to Labor Day
The museum is really a spectacular place for kids to come and learn about the world, nature and science. There are a number of field trips available for kids from Pre-K through to 8th grade. These programs are aligned with the state and common core standards..
There is a picnic place available if you want to bring your own packed lunch to enjoy as a family. There are also vending machines available. .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you check out the fun events that the museum put on, including overnight stays!.
Doing our bit
They have created a space that is perfect for kids to not only have a great time, but also learn too!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff about the accessibility of the museum, or if you require any assistance. .
The lovely and calm family room is a great secluded spot for breast feeding, diaper changing, or to just enjoy a moment away from all the excitement. The family room is located downstairs, adjacent to the elevator. .
Can I get one of those?
What a cool store you will experience! They have such as wide range of the smartest toys, gifts, books and games...you will have trouble deciding what to keep for yourself and what to give to a friends! .
Check out membership if you love the museum, as you get FREE admission all year long!.
What people are saying?
by Stephanie Davis
My 17 mo has been going since he could just walk (13 mo old) and his favorite is the water table! He loves the ball room, too. He will hang out at the water table for 30-45 minutes at a time, which is a long time for my energetic guy. The water blocking smocks are great. We went often on Friday Nights during the summer (free!) and have since bought a membership we use on very cold or rainy days, esp if there have been a couple in a row. There's plenty for him to grow into abs I'm sure we will continue coming here for years.
by Shannon Vyff
I've been to children's museums all across the US and UK. This one is just ok, very small and best for kids under age 6. I was disappointed with the quite high price as well. The reciprocal relationships are only half off at Boston Children's Museum and isn't worth the price. It would only be worth the membership or even going to, if your drive is under 10 min. There are so many better places around such as Ecotarium, The Museum of Science, Boston Children's Museum, Providence Children's Museum etc that are worth a 30 to 50 min drive.
by Ryan Kidder
This place is cool
by Neil Martin
Friendly, informative, and fun. The kids (3 & 5) love both the play and science buildings. The reciprocal relationship with the Boston Children's Museum is an added bonus.
by DL L5
They have everything, including some free opening hours.
Love to bring the family there