Scheduled Special Events
Special Events are a large part of what The Discovery Museum is all about...engaging, exciting, educating - exploring the world, challenging our intellects, and expanding our horizons.
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium opened its doors in 1962 as the Museum of Art Science and Industry with the strategic intent of emphasizing the synergy of art, science and industry. Without the support of local companies and their employees, the Museum would never have come to fruition. Over the years, your continued generosity has enabled the institution to grow into the regional destination that it has become.
As the Museum opens its doors for the next fifty years, we look to our past for inspiration and renewed partnerships. Upcoming events will showcase the cultural and industrial heritage of our region. Working in collaboration with regional organizations, we will celebrate the richness and diversity of our past as we together generate excitement for our future.
Hispanic History Month Celebration
Come celebrate a major part of the heritage of our city and country. This is a day when Hispanic heritage in science and innovation will be showcased and promoted at our specially designed “Latin American Scientists Hall of Fame” gallery, an event filled with special planetarium shows and science demonstrations and featuring a half-size replica of an astronaut’s spacesuit made by Hamilton Sundstrand right here in Connecticut. Solar scopes and other viewing devices will be available for our audiences through our Museum’s Space and Astronomy Education department. As a special treat, musical segments from local Latino artists and groups will be presented. Admission to Museum will be free this day and we anticipate welcoming hundreds of visitors to celebrate this important event; the 2012 event attracted more than 600 visitors.
*All three events will include live science demonstrations, planetarium shows, solar scopes and other viewing devices in collaboration with the Westport Astronomy Society - Rolnick Observatory in Westport, science-related make-and-takes, museum exhibits, and our experienced educational staff.
Every year we are privileged to present daytime and evening offerings that bring to the public unique programming that edifies, delights, and delivers a deeper appreciation of the mysteries of the universe, the laws of science, and their impact in our daily lives. Not only do these events feature special and engaging activities for both children and adults, but some serve as valuable fundraisers for Discovery so that we can continue to fulfill our mission, “to engage, excite and educate” in science and technology literacy, one of our nation’s highest educational priorities.
Come join us, and know that your participation is contributing to one of Connecticut's premiere science education institutions. We look forward to welcoming you!