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Outside of Sacred Heart University's Discovery Science Center and Planetarium.

Our Mission

Discovery Science Center and Planetarium is a non-profit educational organization located in Bridgeport, Connecticut which seeks to connect audiences of all ages with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) learning. The belief in the importance of providing hands-on STEAM learning experiences that resonate with children’s natural curiosity and love of learning is at the core of the Discovery mission. We are active advocates for STEAM literacy in Connecticut and utilize our unique resources and expertise in informal STEAM learning to encourage and provide a pathway for learners of all ages to become STEAM-empowered and informed decision-makers in an increasingly technology-driven world. 

Our History

Archival photo of several women admiring the original spitz planetarium machine.
Grainy image of two men looking at scaffolding in the shape of a dome.
An old newspaper article about the Opening of the Museum of Arts, Science, and Industry.
A concept drawing of the surface of the moon design to be built on the original planetarium.

The Discovery Science Center is a hands-on science museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that serves as both a tourist destination and an educational resource for area families, schools, and other groups. Founded in 1958, opened to the public in 1962, and originally named the Museum of Art, Science, and Industry (or commonly referred to using the acronym MASI), Discovery Science Center has offered interactive learning opportunities to generations of local residents. Over the years, the Science Center shifted focus away from fine arts, becoming a regional science center. Discovery still prides itself on continuing to showcase local artists in gallery spaces, and on continuing to encourage creativity and individual expression through the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) activities we offer. We provide dynamic STEAM experiences designed to resonate with the innate curiosity, learning desire, and spirit of exploration of our guests. We aim to encourage young learners to ask questions, solve problems, and engineer solutions today so they are better prepared to embrace the challenges of tomorrow. The Science Center seeks to enhance public understanding of STEAM through resources that include educational programs, shows in the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium, simulated space missions in the Challenger Center, presentations animated on Science on a Sphere, and a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits. We are southern Connecticut’s preeminent non-profit educational resource for STEAM learning and space education, and we are dedicated to providing a resource for STEAM enrichment to families, schools, and other groups from our region. Over 65,000 people take part in Science Center programming each year, through individual visits, school field trips, educational outreach to schools, and a variety of fun and dynamic public programs.

Strategic plan

Our most recent Strategic plan will be posted here shortly. Please check back soon.