Our Story


Boys with circuit boards The mission of Discovery Space is to provide engaging science experiences which spark creativity, curiosity and imagination.

Explore. Learn. Discover.

Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania is an exciting growing science museum of interactive exhibits and hands-on programs designed to provide valuable informal science education, especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), in a fun learning environment.

Our proximity to The Pennsylvania State University allows for many valuable collaborations in both program delivery and exhibit development with the students and staff of the Colleges of Arts and Architecture, Education, Engineering, and the Eberly College of Science.

With support from local government, community organizations, businesses, and individual contributors, Discovery Space has become THE place in central Pennsylvania for fun science experiences.

From Concept to Reality

2002: Concept envisioned by the Downtown State College Improvement District and a community group led by Marty Starling
2007: Discovery Space incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
2010: Facility acquired at 112 West Foster Ave. in State College
  • Soft opening during Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (July)
  • Grand Opening (October)
  • Created the Discovery Space Kids Advisory Board
  • Unveiled Essential Elements donor recognition display
  • Provided eight full weeks of summer camp
  • Hosted first traveling exhibit (from Oregon Museum of Science & Industry)
  • Welcomed our 300th member family
  • Held our first Night to Discover fundraiser
  • Welcomed our first two corporate members.

Founders Society

We are grateful to the members of our Founders Society – those who generously contributed to Discovery Space during the critical phases of building renovation and exhibit development (prior to December 31, 2011).