Discovery Museum Hours

MONDAY - Friday 10:00Am - 4:30pm
saturday & sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm


field trips available monday-Friday


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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


Special hours this week!

Open Monday-Thursday, June 30 -July 3 -- 10am-4:30pm

  • Planetarium shows (ages 4 and up) each day
  • Family feature or animal show each day (for all)

July 2014

 Turtle vs Tortoise

Saturday & Sunday, July 19th & 20th, 2014
Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a turtle and a tortoise?  Visit the museum this weekend to find out!  Meet our live turtles- Bump, Samantha & Larry and Boris the tortoise, so you can see the answer for yourself.  Catch the presentations at noon and 2:00pm with live animals. Take a walk outside to view the wild turtles living in our pond.  Kids 12 and under get to make a fun craft to take home.  Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.

 Butterfly Bash!

Saturday & Sunday, July 26th & 27th, 2014
Butterflies abound at the Discovery Museum this weekend.  Multiple insect cases are on display highlighting local and exotic species of butterflies.  Take a close up look at butterfly wings using a stereoscope.  If you would like to take a walk, enjoy our butterfly garden. Kids- make giant paper butterfly wings to wear home! Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.

August 2014

Meet a Rock Hound!

Saturday & Sunday, August 2nd & 3rd, 2014

Visit the Discovery Museum to meet and learn from a local “rock hound.”  This geology enthusiast is bringing his amazing collection of rocks and fossils that he has collected over the years.  See a bendable rock, a mineral that bends light, a whale vertebrae fossil and more! There is a family-friendly presentation at noon and 2pm for all ages. Each family gets a free poster as a souvenir (as supplies last).  Planetarium shows are at 1:00pm and 3:00pm are included with admission (ages 4 and above only). 


Volcanic Blast!

Saturday & Sunday, August 9th & 10th, 2014

Did you know there are 1,900 active volcanoes on earth?  Or that that lava can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit? Learn about volcanoes and their impact on planet earth this weekend at the Discovery Museum.  Volcano demonstrations take place at noon and 2:00pm.  Kids 12 and under receive a volcanic rock to take home, plus a make-and-take paper volcano craft. Enjoy the volcano area of the Blast from the Past exhibit.  Planetarium shows are at 1:00pm and 3:00pm are included with admission (ages 4 and above only). 

Breathe California

 Saturday & Sunday, August 16th & 17th, 2014

Take a deep breath and meet our special guests from Breathe California. They’ll  teach your family all about Sacramento’s air.  The family feature at noon or 2:00pm will explore the connection between clean air and healthy lungs.  Learn how food waste is used to help improve our air quality! Children 12 and under are invited to create and decorate a model of a wind turbine to take home (from 12:30pm-4:00pm). Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.


We're closed this week for repairs, cleaning, painting, touch-ups, tune-ups, fix-ups, and general maintenance. We'll be back open in time for three days of LABOR DAY FUN!

Labor Day Fun!

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, August 30th & 31st and September 1st, 2014

Enjoy the holiday weekend by showing your patriotic pride.  Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend for a self-guided tour of our Blast from the Past exhibit.  Kids crafts one of our favorites, a patriotic windsock. Included with admission all three days:  planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (ages 4 and above only); animal presentations at noon & 2pm (all ages).  Picnics are always welcomed on our grounds!