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Don Harrigton Discovery Center
Self-guided exhibit tours enchant learners of every age with a variety of hands-on learning activities. Have a question about an exhibit? Just ask one of our friendly Science Guides. They're always happy to help!

Fall 2014 Exhibits-NOW OPEN!


Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

Open September 27, 2014- January 11, 2015

Powers of observation and deductive reasoning are put to the test as visitors solve this baffling thriller. Interactive crime scenes and a live actor propel visitors towards the dramatic finale as a killer is revealed!


Ice Age Mammals

Open September 27, 2014 -January 4, 2015

Return to the Ice Age and interact with life-size animatronic mammals, including a 7-foot-tall Whoolly Mammoth! Investigate animal habitats and discover what life was like during one of the most geologically active periods in Earth’s history!



Current Exhibits




Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages students in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introducing real world applications and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Students discover how different materials behave as they get smaller, work to build a giant nanatube and compare effects of static electricity and gravity on different sized objects.


Planetary Landscapes

Planetary Landscapes examines landforms and the changes they undergo over time. Hands-on exhibits and colorful graphics allow visitors to explore common landforms and the forces that create change to the earth's surface such as volcanic eruptions, continental rifts, wind, water, and ice. Visitors can also investigate the similarities and differences between landforms on Earth and those found on the surfaces of our celestial neighbors.



Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground is designed to inspire student-directed learning. Giant blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, oversized cogs, wheels, spools and tubes stimulate creativity in students of all ages and inspire them to invent their own ways to play. Students work together to create orginal structures and make up their own stories, rules and games. Younger learners practice skills such as hand-eye coordication; fine motor development; spatial awareness and foundational math and science thinking while older students experiment with concepts of force, inertia, gravity, simple machines, measurment and geometry.



The Space Gallery

Located just outside the Space Theater, The Space Gallery is dedicated to exploring weather conditions on Earth and beyond. Multimedia presentations reveal real-time data regarding weather conditions on Earth and explore the science of common weather phenomena. Interactive displays examine space weather concepts such as auroras, solar flares and cosmic rays and uncover their effect on the Earth.

You Are Here

You Are Here, located just inside the main lobby, introduces students to our place in the universe. Graphic displays, multimedia presentatiosn and interactive exhibits reveal our community location from large to small. Beginning at The Galaxy, students visit progressively smaller community groups and end their journey at Microvision which provides an up close view of the tiniest cellular communities.

TEKS Correlation Chart - You Are Here (Coming Soon!)


Designed for our youngest scientists, KinderStudio is a permanent exploration space for students in Pre-K through 1st grade. Interactive, imaginative play areas feature a climbing structure, tumbling space with mats, a lighted performace stage, hands-on manipulatives (blocks, tubes, and toys) and raw materials for creative play (i.e. shells, pine cones and popsicle sticks).

TEKS Correlation Chart - KinderStudio (Coming Soon!)


More traveling exhibits coming soon!

Check this page for the newest exhibition schedules or call 806.355.9547