Today's hours: 10am to 10pm 216.231.4600
The King of Dinosaurs

Smead Discovery Center

Hands-on fun in the Smead Discovery Center

About the Smead Discovery Center

Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday 1 pm to 4:30 pm

The Smead Discovery Center is the Museum’s hands-on learning center located on the Museum's lower level.  It’s an intergenerational space designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy together. We have lots of activities for families and young children. School groups and adults without children are always welcome.  

Don’t miss our special programs! Our activities change frequently so when you come back there’s always something new!  Check out the rest of our site for our activities, special exhibits, program details and history. Click here to learn more about our special Discovery Center exhibits.

Tips and info for your first visit

  • You do not need a reservation.
  • If you're seeking a very quiet visit, come early. See our hours above.
  • We are on the lower level. Ask a staff person for directions.
  • Restrooms with baby changing stations are near the Discovery Center.
  • No food or drink in the Discovery Center.
  • We believe that even the youngest children benefit from being exposed to the natural world! Babies are welcome. Children from ages three to 10 frequent the center most. Children must have adult supervision.
  • Staff and volunteers are in the center to welcome you and answer questions.  We hope you have a fun and educational visit!
Questions? Contact Laura Einsel, Smead Discovery Center Coordinator at 216-231-4600 x3402 or leinsel@cmnh.org.