Discovery Museum and Planetarium

 
Explore the cosmos in a planetarium show. Touch a meteorite that fell to Earth 50,000 years ago. Capture the thrill of wild weather, take a tour of exoplanets, or unlock the secrets of the Earth on a giant, 3-D sphere. Discover an “Energy Network” with catapults, solar power and simple machines. Test physics (without even knowing!) using pulley chairs, levers, and giant magnets. Create a masterpiece on a massive Light-Brite station, or completed challenges in the “DARE to Discover” gallery. Groups can fly a mission to the Moon or rendezvous with a comet in Discovery’s Challenger Center. Make your trip amazing with learning labs, science demos and planetarium shows, or book Travelling Science that comes to your location! See website for a full list of programs and information.
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 (just off Merritt Parkway Exit 47, across from Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course). Fairfield County.
Tel: 203-372-3521 ext. 117.
Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-5PM.
 
SCHOOL
School programs at the Discovery Museum go beyond the everyday. Kids might create chemical reactions, train for space travel, blow up a model volcano, build a model bridge, or even launch their own rockets! From genetic testing to earthquake engineering, to the science of superheroes and more, our staff can help your students discover more.
 
Contact Info
Name: Robin Keller.
Phone: 203-372-3521 ext. 117.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-9th.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Pre-K 5:1 ratio students to staff; K and above 10:1 ratio.
Registration: Phone.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Varies.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessibility: ADA compliant accessibility to all galleries, including the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium, and Energize CT Theater. Elevator to access all 3 levels inside the Museum; exterior access ramps. 
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Science.
Topics Covered: biology, chemistry, climate, forensic science, light, science, space.
 
 
SCOUTS
STEM programs for all Scout Groups can be used to fulfill badge requirements and more. Enjoy an Overnight at the Museum with a Planetarium show, science demonstrations, movies, and exploration of exhibits after hours. Scout groups can also fly a mission to the Moon or rendezvous with a comet in Discovery’s Challenger Center, a mock space station and mission control simulation highlighting teamwork and STEM learning.
 
Contact Info
Name: Sarah Tropp-Pacelli.
Phone: 203-372-3521 ext. 114.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-12th.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Pre-K 5:1 ratio students to staff; K and above 10:1 ratio.
Registration: Phone.
Cost: Varies.
Accessibility: ADA compliant accessibility to all galleries, including the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium, and Energize CT Theater. Elevator to access all 3 levels inside the Museum; exterior access ramps. 
 
Supports Scout Badges In: STEM.
Topics Covered: biology, chemistry, climate, forensic science, light, science, space.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups can enjoy the hands-on presentations and activities including topics such as chemistry, space travel, light and sound, engineering, biology, and more. Explore the cosmos in a planetarium show. Touch a meteorite that fell to Earth 50,000 years ago. Capture the thrill of wild weather, take a tour of exoplanets, or unlock the secrets of the Earth on a giant, 3-D sphere. Discover an “Energy Network” with catapults, solar power and simple machines. Test physics (without even knowing!) using pulley chairs, levers, and giant magnets. Create a masterpiece on a massive Light-Brite station, or complete challenges in the “DARE to Discover” gallery. Fly a mission to the Moon or rendezvous with a comet in Discovery’s Challenger Center. Make your trip amazing with learning labs, science demos and planetarium shows, or book Travelling Science that comes to your location!  See website for a full list of programs and information.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 203-372-3521 ext. 117.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-9th.
Group Size: Min. 12 students.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Pre-K 5:1 ratio students to staff; K and above 10:1 ratio.
Registration: Phone.
Cost: Varies.
Accessibility: ADA compliant accessibility to all galleries, including the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium, and Energize CT Theater. Elevator to access all 3 levels inside the Museum; exterior access ramps.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Science.
Topics Covered: biology, chemistry, climate, forensic science, light, science, space.
 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Planetarium Lesson Plan

Planetariums are theaters that present educational and entertaining shows about outer space. Some planetariums even have shows that focus on history in relation to earth science. Groups can see a multimedia presentation of the night sky on a dome-shaped projection on the ceiling of the theater.... Continue