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Plan Your Visit


Make Discovery Depot Children's Museum  the first stop on your next visit to Galesburg. The museum is situated in beautiful downtown Galesburg, across the street from the Galesburg Amtrak Station, the Galesburg Railroad Museum. Knox College is nearby and we are just steps away from historic Seminary Street retail and dining spots!


Children at the farm

Children ages 1-12 will enjoy our museum’s diverse exhibits and programs, which emphasize hands-on learning and play. Plan on spending two to  four hours with us. The museum offers wireless Internet access as well as coffee, snacks and other beverages. 

Discovery Depot Hours

Tuesdays thru Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Wednesdays: 10:00am to 4:30pm

Sundays: 12:00pm to 3:00pm

*Note the last admission to the museum is 30 minutes prior to closing*

Admission Prices

General admission for ages 1 and over: $10.00

Senior admission for ages 60+: $8.50

Military Discount with ID: $8.50

Amtrak Discount of 20% with your ticket



Children at the boats exhibit
Field Trips

Enjoy a day of learning outside of school with your class!  Explore the exhibits and for an additional fee, programs are offered for your field trip. Please inquire at [email protected]  If a classroom or a table/seating area is needed, please let us know.  Staying for lunch?  Food may be brought into the classroom and pavilion areas. Learn more about our Field Trip options here.


Group rates $7.50 per person. Chaperones required.


Special Events

Our classroom space, the science lab with catering kitchen, and art studio may be rented for parties, reunions, meetings, and other events. 

Please  Email us for more information:  [email protected]



Our Visitors Say....

If you haven't been to the Discovery Depot with your children yet, I HIGHLY recommend going! This place is perfect for all ages of children, babies included!!!! The downstairs spurs the imagination and creativity. They can burn all that energy outside on the playground. The upstairs is engaging and encourages hands on learning. It's all around awesome! ❤

Hope F.

Upcoming Events

Be a Bike Safety Star

Helmet Giveaway and Bike Safety!  FREE with admission
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Celebrate Fathers

Make a special key chain for Father's Day.  Personalize with your own message. $2 with admission.
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Toddler Tuesday
Special night for Toddlers plus up to age 5 years.   $6.50 admission/Members FREE
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RailRoad Days Create Memories!
Stop by the Discovery Depot during RR Days 2022!    Create your own keepsakes. $2 with admission
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