Discovery Museum Hours

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

field trips available monday-Friday
FRIDAY, September 19
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Sacramento Science Discovery Weekends


So much science, so little time.

  • Each weekend from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Museum explores a new science topic through special displays, visiting exhibits, and guest presentations—followed by free craft activities for kids 4 to 12 years old!
  • Planetarium shows at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (ages 4 and older, please)
  • Creature Features at noon and 2:00 p.m. (all ages) are included with admission

Weekend Activities


Public hours:

Open Tuesday-Thursday Noon-4:30pm

Open weekends and some holidays: 10am-4:30pm

  • Planetarium shows (ages 4 and up) Saturday, Sunday & holiday schedule
  • Family feature or animal show (for all)Saturday, Sunday & holiday schedule


September 2014

Animal Antics

Saturday & Sunday, September 6th & 7th, 2014

Have you ever wondered why animals do what they do? Well, perhaps we can help answer your questions! This weekend, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from the Animal Behavior Graduate Group at UC Davis present short overviews of their own research which is being done all over the U.S. Our research covers a wide variety of animals, including birds (greater sage grouse, tree swallows, cross bills, and dark-eyed juncos), primates (rhesus macaques), and even elephants! We'll also have games, which demonstrate key principles of animal behavior.

Dino Diorama

Saturday & Sunday, September 13th & 14th, 2014

 Visit with your family to find dinosaurs lurking about our Blast from the Past! exhibit.  From the peaceful Apatosaurus to the terrifying claws of the raptor family, we’ve have a dinosaur for everyone!  Make sure you catch a view of our newest beast- a life-size juvenile Triceratops!  Bring your camera to catch your little ones transformed into dinos in our costume corner. Children craft a dinosaur diorama in the classroom.  Get your own toy dinosaur to play with in the scene! 


Terrific Triceratops

Saturday & Sunday, September 20th & 21st, 2014

 Are you ready for some prehistoric fun?  The Discovery Museum’s Blast from the Past exhibit is the place to be.  Kids make a jointed Triceratops to remember the giant life-size juvenile Triceratops in the exhibit.  You can touch a real Triceratops fossil! Learn about these colossal beasts at our noon and 2pm Family Feature (all ages).  Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.


Fall Foliage Fun

Saturday & Sunday, September 27th & 28th, 2014

 Welcome Fall by trekking around our grounds and learning to identify trees using our Nature Trail Guide. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is here to visit and work with guests on learning some tree-rific facts! Families with children 12 and under make a leaf headband to celebrate the first weekend of Autumn. Your admission includes these activities, the Space Quest! exhibit, a planetarium show (1pm & 3pm, ages 4 & older) and an animal presentation (noon & 2pm, all ages).Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older

October 2014

Going Batty at the Discovery Museum

Saturday & Sunday, October 4th & 5th, 2014

This weekend the Museum is highlighting some infamous creatures of the night- BATS!  Bring your family to explore some of the science behind these nocturnal mammals.  A small bat display is setup for this weekend only and children assemble a “bat clip” craft to take home.   The noon and 2:00pm Creature Feature is a PowerPoint presentation on bat biology in our planetarium (for all ages).  Your admission includes these activities and a planetarium show (1pm & 3pm, ages 4 & older).


Pumpkin Science

Saturday & Sunday, October 11th & 12th, 2014

It’s the season for Jack-o-lanterns! Some family friendly pumpkin stations are set-up to learn a bit about this squash.  Kids 12 and under craft a paper pumpkin to take home as Fall décor.  Admission includes these activities, an animal presentation at noon & 2pm, the Blast from the Past exhibit and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older).


Microscope Mania

Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014

From large to microscopically small, the Discovery Museum has it all this weekend!  Visit gigantic dinosaurs in our Blast from the Past exhibit and colossal redwoods in our nature area.  Get down to the teeny, tiny in our microscope lab.  By using different levels of magnification, visitors explore pond life and other samples.  This is a great opportunity for youngsters to get their hands on real science tools!Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.

World Pasta Day

Saturday & Sunday, October 25th & 26th, 2014

Have some fun celebrating World Pasta Day at the Discovery Museum!  Children craft a pasta necklace to take home as a souvenir.   Admission includes a visit to our Blast from the Past exhibit, an animal program at noon & 2pm, and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older).