To inspire children, connect families, and build community through exploration, exhibits, programming, and play.
Discovery Lab has been igniting the curiosity of children since 2007, initially as a museum without walls. In May 2013, Discovery Lab opened after renovating the Owen Park Recreation Center. In winter of 2020, the museum will break ground on a 50,000-square-foot world-class facility in A Gathering Place park that will be transformative for Tulsa’s children and families, and will respond to a compelling educational need in the community.
Discovery Lab is an educational resource for Tulsa providing outreach museum classes to area schools and organizations, and as a field trip destination to over 20,000 students each year. Exhibits and programming encourage the development of executive function and process skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Educational content focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), and health and wellness, and complements and supplements current school curriculum. Studies show that hands-on, informal learning experiences, like those delivered by Discovery Lab, impact reading readiness and school success.
Discovery Lab is a community hub that appeals to families regardless of income, education, or ethnicity, and impacts underserved children in many of Tulsa’s Title I schools. More than 25 percent of the students that visit on field trips and 40 percent of outreach programming are delivered at a free or reduced rate. Accessible Discovery, Discovery Lab’s financial aid program, targets children and families in need through partnerships with area school districts, the Department of Human Services, Tulsa Housing Authority, YMCA of Greater Tulsa, and Family and Children’s Services of Tulsa.
DISCOVERY LAB AT A GATHERING PLACE
In Spring of 2020, Discovery Lab broke ground on a new site on the south end of Gathering Place park at 31st Street and Riverside Drive. Follow our progress.
Discovery Lab is expected to open its doors at its new home in fall of 2021. For details about the new museum, click here.
An executive staff and governance board comprise Discovery Lab’s first-rate leadership team.
Discovery Lab would like to acknowledge the sponsors, supporters, and partners that allow us to provide informal educational programs to children in and around Tulsa.
Discovery Lab is a special place filled with joy and curiosity, and serves as a resource for parents, caregivers, and educators. Every employee and volunteer plays an important role in helping meet our mission.