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.

The Antikythera Mechanism
Join us on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.
RSVP Requested: 203-372-3521 x124 or

Antikythera Clock
Antikythera Clock

Did the ancient Greeks use computers? 

Discovered in the spring of 1901 among the remains of an ancient Roman shipwreck, the
Antikythera Mechanism—a 2,000 year old analog computer designed to predict astronomical events—has astounded scientists, mathematicians, and astronomers worldwide. With sophisticated technology not previously known to have been used until several hundred years after its creation, the Antikythera Mechanism offers a glimpse into the incredible ingenuity and scientific prowess of the ancient Greeks.

Since its discovery over a century ago, generations of researchers have been working to piece together the story, origin, and many uses of this mysterious and important piece of human history.

Join David Mestre, Director of the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium, as he presents the fascinating tale of the discovery of the
Antikythera Mechanism, its clever inner workings, and the riddle of its genesis that dates back over two millennia.

Antikythera Planets

Cultural Heritage Events

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day
October 11, 2014
FREE Admission

  • Skype with NASA and Arecibo Observatory!
  • Latino Science Hall of Fame
  • Sound and Instrument Demos
  • Music & Dance
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Solar Scopes
  • Children's Crafts
  • Family Fun!
Sponsored by:
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Spooktacular Saturday
October 25, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Exploding Pumpkins!
  • Spooky Science! Scary Bugs!
  • Creatures from Animal Embassy
  • Storytelling and Book Signing with Ms. Karen
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Children’s Crafts

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!