Welcome to the Science Center

Located inside University Mall in Carbondale, Illinois for over 25 years

The Science Center is a hands-on children’s museum. We are a regular destination for camps, field trips and birthday parties! 

Our facility is dedicated to the awareness and exploration of hands-on learning for children ages infant-teens. We’re happy to see you taking an interest in everything the Science Center has to offer!


  • Monday: CLOSED – Campers only.
  • Tuesday: CLOSED – Campers only.
  • Wednesday: 11:00am -5:00pm – FREE DAY.
  • Thursday: 11:00am -5:00pm
  • Friday: 11:00am -5:00pm
  • Saturday: 11:00am -5:00pm
  • Sunday: NOON-5:00pm

Our Mission

“To nourish and preserve each child’s innate curiosity through hands-on, inquiry-based exploration”

The Science Center is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and features reciprocal memberships with over 380 other museums across the country.

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* THE Science Center is a recognized 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit organization and is made possible by the generous contributions of our community members.

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Admission & Membership

General Admission

$ 7.50 per person
  • • Infants 2 & Under are Free.
  • • We offer our Military and Senior Citizen discounts!
Best Deal!


$ 90 a year
  • • Covers Entry for One Full Year.
  • • Free entry for up to 8 family members.
  • • Discounts on Birthday Parties, Camps, GUNO, and More!.

History of The Science Center Carbondale, IL

We were originally incorporated in 1992 and opened our doors two years later. Our overall goal was to encourage and inspire children to develop a natural curiosity and exploration through hands-on experience. We currently have over 65 exhibits and can expect around 70,000 visitors annually.

We also can help your business, charity organizations and locals with:




Meet Our Staff

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Connie Adams
Museum Director

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Bill “Dino Guy” Adams
Director of Exhibits

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Abby Vance
General Manager

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Francis Bu
Junior Curator

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