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The Discovery Center of Idaho

Our Mission

Inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math.

Vision Statement

  • DCI is an interactive science center providing exhibits and educational programs that offer authentic, sensory experiences making the sciences, technology, engineering and math tangible.
  • DCI fosters lifelong learning and enhances scientific literacy in a collaborative environment for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
  • DCI celebrates the pure joy of learning and helps to develop an educated workforce and an informed electorate in stewardship of our planet.
  • DCI is built on cooperative partnerships with education, industry and research organizations, public and private.
  • DCI will showcase its philosophy and objectives and reflect the region’s resources through its programs, exhibits and architecture.


The Discovery Center of Idaho opened to the public on January 15, 1989. It began with an idea conceived by the Junior League of Boise and the next six years were spent bringing this idea to life. Through countless hours of volunteer effort, the current location was selected through the generosity of the City of Boise, and has proven to be a great location and an even greater affiliation with the other public institutions in and around Julia Davis Park. Today, the Discovery Center welcomes over 100,000 people annually and has over 160 hands-on exhibits, and has seen well over 1,000,000 visitors since 1989.

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