Closed on Mondays.   Some Exhibits close 15 to 30 minutes prior to the museum closing
Annual shut down August 27th to August 30th.



Children's Museum Building

Who We Are

The Discovery Depot museum provides an engaging atmosphere in which children and families explore, learn, and have fun together. Since 1996, we have sought to fulfill our mission, "Inspiring Wonder and Excitement for Learning" through diverse programs, exhibits, and community partnerships. We promote literacy, science, engineering, technology, mathematics, fine arts, and cultural education by engaging families through hands-on learning!


In addition to providing exhibits and programs, we lease classroom space for private events, including children’s parties, business meetings, and other special events.


The museum is located across the street from the Galesburg Amtrak Station and the Galesburg Railroad Museum.




Inside Discover DepotOur 14,000-square-foot facility provides children ages 1 to 12 with a wide range of activities and exhibits that promote critical thinking and hands-on learning. Plan to spend at least four hours exploring all Discovery Depot has to offer!


Ferris Village features a half-dozen shops in which children can participate in dramatic role-playing such as being the village banker or a postal delivery person.


The village also includes an art studio, which concentrates on fine arts. Children participate in discussions of painters and painting techniques.

Discovery Depot also has a large-scale Lite Bright as well as an air maze.


Many of the museum exhibits and activities involve design and engineering. We’ll soon be adding more exhibits and updating current exhibits, giving your children even more reasons to get excited about learning!