Young Discoverers: Wed-Fri 10:30am | Mars Rover
Nov 20 @ 10:30 am – Nov 22 @ 11:00 am

Wednesday-Friday | 10:30am-11am

Free for Members & Free with Admission

Are your Young Discoverer’s robot skills a little rusty? Gear up for the month of November as we catch a glimpse into the world of robots! What is a robot? How do robots talk to humans? Can robots make art? This month, we’ll take a look at these questions and more as we explore the robots all around us!

Executive Committee Meeting
Nov 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
TINKER THE T-REX VIP Opening - Members & Donors ONLY
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Members and donors ONLY. Sign up for a membership today or contact to attend!

The Discovery Center invites you to experience Tinker before she opens to the public. Explore prehistoric fossils, discover the true power of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and marvel at a cast of the most complete juvenile T. rex skeleton found to date.

Current members - Check your emails for an RSVP form to fill out. We'll see you next week for a t-rexcellent evening!

5:45pm: Doors open
5:50pm: Short speech followed by ribbon cutting

Tinker the T-Rex Grand Public Opening
Nov 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Chevron has partnered with the Discovery Center of Idaho to bring a brand new, long-term
Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex) exhibition to Idaho opening at the Discovery Center Friday, November 22nd,
2019. Chevron will be the Presenting Sponsor of this 1,000 square-foot exhibition, which will feature a
two-thirds scale juvenile cast T-rex skeleton called ‘Tinker’ and include hands-on STEM-based exhibits
with rich educational content.

In support of the costs associated with building and installing Tinker the T-rex exhibition, Chevron has
donated $75,000 to the Discovery Center of Idaho. Chevron believes effective education including
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will foster bright young talent for the future workforce
and healthy economic growth for the country.

The Discovery Center of Idaho is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hands-on science center with a mission of inspiring
lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The exhibition’s
individual hands-on exhibits will be designed and built by the Discovery Center’s Exhibits Team in the
Micron Innovation Lab located within the Center. Construction of the interactive exhibits will be underway
within the next few months.

Tinker the T-rex exhibition will become part of the Discovery Center of Idaho’s permanent collection and
is sure to be a favorite among visitors for years to come. This exhibition will provide a fascinating
opportunity to help foster student and community understanding of natural history related to prehistoric
fossils. Tinker is the most complete skeleton of a juvenile T-rex, providing a great opportunity to study the
build and athletic prowess of a young T. rex.

The Discovery Center’s Education Department will also develop Teacher Resource Packets specifically
for the exhibition. These Resource Packets will be disseminated to all teachers participating in a field trip
to the Discovery Center and will support curriculum integration into the participating classrooms across

The Discovery Center’s STEM Field Trip Program annually supports over 225 field trips to approximately
11,000 participants, providing a unique opportunity for Idaho students to experience the wonders of
STEM outside the classroom that many would otherwise not receive. During a STEM Field Trip students
are actively and directly involved in STEM exploration, igniting an interest in science, technology,
engineering, and math. Each exhibit station allows for hypothesizing, experimentation, and drawing
conclusions (a replica of the scientific method) as students explore and interact with the diverse exhibits
at the Center with their classmates and teachers.

Eric Miller, Executive Director at Discovery Center of Idaho: “Everybody loves dinosaurs, and T-rex is the
biggest star of them all. With generous support from Chevron, this engaging, hands-on exhibition will set
a new standard at the Center in terms of content, design, interactivity and Wow! I can’t wait for the

Tyler Kruzich, Corporate Affairs Manager at Chevron: “Chevron is committed to the communities where
we live and operate. In Idaho, that means supporting partners like the Discovery Center that promote
STEM learning. Chevron is a strong supporter of STEM education because we rely on STEM
professionals in everything we do. With this exciting exhibition, we hope to attract Idahoans of all ages to
the Discovery Center so that we can spark more interest in STEM careers.”

Tinker the T-rex is made possible by our presenting sponsor, Chevron. Chevron believes effective
education including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will foster bright young talent for
the future workforce and healthy economic growth for the country. Together, we can help advance STEM
education for today’s youth.

Dress like a Dino Day
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Free for members. Free with general admission.

Welcome Tinker home by dressing up in your favorite dinosaur apparel! Bring out your T. rex t-shirts and velociraptor visors to gear up for an amazing prehistoric experience. From 11am-2pm we will have a T.rex character tinkering around available for photos!

Young Discoverers: Wed & Fri ONLY 10:30am | Robots are Everywhere
Nov 27 @ 10:30 am – Nov 29 @ 11:00 am

Wednesday & Friday (Closed on Thanksgiving) | 10:30am-11am

Free for Members & Free with Admission

Are your Young Discoverer’s robot skills a little rusty? Gear up for the month of November as we catch a glimpse into the world of robots! What is a robot? How do robots talk to humans? Can robots make art? This month, we’ll take a look at these questions and more as we explore the robots all around us!

Member Monday: Santa at the Center! - MEMBERS ONLY
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY: Santa at the Center!

Monday, December 2nd  ||  5pm-8pm

We love our members! Join us for Santa at the Center, get your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Also with exclusive access to the center and interactive winter themed activities!


Executive Committee Meeting
Jan 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Last meeting before full Board meeting
Board Meeting
Jan 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Science with Style Annual Gala 2020 @ Chateau des Fleurs
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for our Science with Style Annual Gala 2020!

Friday, February 28th 2020


3 course meal, hosted bar, silent and live auction

One of the most fun Galas in town!

More information coming soon!

Current Exhibition

Upcoming Exhibitions

Permanent Collection


We encourage people of all ages to actively participate in activities that foster lifelong STEM learning. Educational programs like Young Discoverers and summer camps offer hands-on exploration, and we get to see adults rekindle their passion for the sciences during special events and exhibitions. And that, that spark of learning and excitement, is why we do what we do.

There are many ways that you can play a part in helping the Discovery Center of Idaho remain a viable, valued asset to our community. Donations from charitable individuals and corporate sponsors help fund special programs, new exhibits and more. Our volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and knowledge, enhance our guests' experiences. And you, the members of our community, play an important role when you purchase an admission ticket or membership. With your support, we can preserve and promote our mission.



We host a variety of events here at the Discovery Center of Idaho: Young Discoverers, Adult Nights, and friendly challenges among members and frequent visitors. No matter the age or activity, we have a lot of fun and are certain we have something on our calendar sure to entertain and create lasting memories.

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Do you love the Discovery Center? Do you want to support school field trips, in-house produced exhibitions, and STEM education in Idaho? Make a donation!

Your gift impacts every aspect of the Discovery Center. It boosts access for Idaho students, creates STEM educational opportunities, guarantees fresh exhibitions, delivers memorable learning, and inspires future career paths in STEM fields for Idaho’s next generation. Your financial support makes a galactic difference. 

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Discovery Center membership is a rewarding experience for you and your family. Become a member and attend sneak previews of our new exhibitions, receive discounts on camps and birthday parties, and enjoy the Discovery Center every day of the year.

Join today and become part of our community. Together, we can achieve our mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in STEM.

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  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    Main Office
    (208) 343-9895


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  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    131 W. Myrtle Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702


  • Sun: 12pm - 5pm
    Mon: 10am - 5pm
    Tues: 10am - 5pm
    Wed: 10am - 5pm
    Thurs: 10am - 5pm
    Fri: 10am - 5pm
    Sat: 10am - 5pm
    Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas


  • Members & Under 2 • Free*
    Youth 2-17 • $10
    Adults 18+ • $12
    Seniors • $11
    Military Personnel • $1 Off
    * Free admission during standard exhibitions & reduced admissions during special exhibitions

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