Discovery Museum Hours

Closed mondays
Tuesday - Friday Noon - 4:30pm
saturday & sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm
& Some Holidays

field trips available monday-FridaY

Sacramento Powerhouse Science Center

Sacramento Science Discovery Weekends


So much science, so little time.

Each weekend from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.,
we explore a new science topic through special displays,
visiting exhibits, and guest presentations 
  • Craft activities for kids 4 to 12 years old
  • Planetarium star shows (ages 4 and older) Saturday, Sunday, and select holidays

It’s Butterfly Time!
Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31
Flutter-by the Discovery Museum this weekend and enjoy a bounty of butterfly activities.  Using stereoscopes, you can view the fascinating structure of butterfly wings and then create a paper butterfly ring! Preserved butterfly specimens are on display. Remember, your admission also includes the Space Quest! exhibit, the Nature Discovery Room and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
Space Stamp-a-rama
Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7
Get creative designing your own space stamp banner at the Discovery Museum! This great souvenir reminds you of all the fun you had visiting our Space Quest! exhibit. Blast off in our rocket play space, learn about the elements that make up our solar system, and serve up some (pretend) food in our Cosmic Café! Planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm are included with admission (ages 4 and older only). 
Amphibian Antics!
Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14
Have a hoppin’ good time at the Discovery Museum this weekend as we highlight frogs and toads! View our live critters on display in the Nature Discovery Room, including a giant African bullfrog. Learn the differences between frogs and toads. Craft a silly frog mask to take home as a souvenir. Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
International SUN-day
Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21
Welcome the summer season by taking part in International SUN-day. Our special guests, the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society, are outside with their solar telescopes. These hydrogen alpha scopes allow you to see the sun directly, showing sun spots and prominences. Talk to SVAS about telescopes, backyard astronomy, and community viewing opportunities. Make a sun medallion decoration. This is an exciting opportunity for the entire family! Admission includes a sun-themed planetarium show at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older. 
UV Bracelets
Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28
Be prepared for fun in the sun this summer by making your own UV indicator. Kids 12 and younger craft a bracelet that changes color when exposed to UV light. Learn about different types of light in our Space Quest! exhibit. Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit, Nature Discovery Room, and planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).