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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

Open Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A little expensive and a little funky, but still kids can have a lot of fun. Staff is friendly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
JimandSusie
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Santa Maria, California
Great hands on experience for young kids!

The Discovery Museum is a great hands on experience for young kids! All types of fun things to do... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mason S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A little expensive and a little funky, but still kids can have a lot of fun. Staff is friendly and helpful. Try it out.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JimandSusie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Discovery Museum is a great hands on experience for young kids! All types of fun things to do and the kids can learn many new things while having fun. Took our grand daughter there 1 1/2 years ago and stated 3 hours. I took...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Mason S
Reviewed 20 August 2018

I received a gift of membership from a co-worker when my daughter was four years old. We have renewed every year even though she's about to turn 10. Most people think the Discovery Museum is for "little kids" but they've recently updated most of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Nancy G, Executive Director at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Thanks for being a member! Our museum is a great place for whole family...from our newest exhibit, the Vandenberg Launch Experience, to our Makerspace, to our Tot Spot, there is something for everyone!

Reviewed 8 August 2018

This is a little gem of a museum. Great place to bring the kids and there is plenty of hands on displays for them to participate. Enjoy the pirate ship & tar-pit display.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

There are so many things for kids to choose from to experience, create, learn, try & burn off some steam. I have been there several times and the kids keep wanting to return as they periodically add new exhibit experiences! Some of the "regular" interactive...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

This place is so much fun! It has all kinds of activities and it’s ALL hands on! You can easily go from station to station or take a seat and watch them explore. The kids loved it and the fact that they could touch everything...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I have taken my grandkids there several times and have been impressed with the kid-friendly exhibits on display. Lots of hands-on activities that stretch the imaginations of the little ones. They can play banker, fireman, archaeologist, farmer, or a number of other activities. The adults...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Children love this place, and as an accompanying adult, I do too. The hands on areas are a lot of fun and interesting.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I had a workshop to attend, so my daughter came up to visit and we decided to take my grandson. He spent a couple of fun hours exploring and learning.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a great place for kids to go and spend time finding out about our area and how certain things work. This place is definitely Hands On!

Date of experience: June 2016
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