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Host your event at the Don Harrington Discovery Center

When you are planning your next event, discover the magic at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Our spacious, hands-on science museum next to the beautiful Medical Center Park offers rental spaces to accommodate up to 1,500 people in a bright atmosphere custom-made for fun and learning. Weather is never a problem, and your guests will experience a comfortable, unique experience unlike any other in the Texas Panhandle. Our interactive exhibits and shows actively engage people of all ages.

Member Discount | Non-profit rate available upon request

For birthday parties click here.

Venue options

   

Features comfortable, theater-style seating with a writing desk at each seat. The presenter's area includes an arched stage area with a projector and screen making the auditorium a great place for educational or business functions. Includes ground-level wheelchair-accessible spaces.

If you need a smaller space for meetings or classes, we offer four unique rooms in our East and West Wings.

In our East Wing, two separate rooms feature natural light with large windows and a glass wall so you can enjoy a private gathering yet still be a part of the Discovery Center action. Both Rooms have a sink and counter space.

West Wing Dry Lab features natural light which overlooks the Medical Center Park, a whiteboard, and counter space. Fishbowl features large picture windows looking out into the West Wing and ample counter space.

East classroom
East Classroom 2
East Classroom 2
Fishbowl
Fishbowl
West Classroom
West Classroom

 

Our East and West Exhibit Galleries are perfect for large events. Your guests will experience an event like no other amongst our many unique traveling and permanent exhibits. Each gallery can generally hold up to 30 round tables of 8 guests for a seated event and are large enough for a stage and/or dance floor (not included).

The West Gallery windows overlook the lake at Medical Center Park. Available after DHDC operating hours only. Rental of either gallery does not include East or West lab/birthday rooms.

DHDC Map

The entire 50,000 square feet facility (including the outdoor park) of the Don Harrington Discovery Center can be yours for the evening as an entertaining space. What an unforgettable way to celebrate with your family, friends, and co-workers! Available after DHDC operating hours only.

The Space Theater features 97 comfortable chairs beneath a 180-degree screen, which makes for a unique entertainment experience. You may select one of the movies in our collection for your guests which will take then to places under the sea, beyond the stars, and everywhere in between. Whether you are planning a large excursion or a romantic gathering under the stars for two, the Space Theater is the perfect spot. Available after DHDC operating hours only.

Located on the southeast side of DHDC's front entrance, this outdoor science park features a fossil dig pit, hands-on learning, and engineering marvels. This outdoor exploration space adds 15,000 square feet of dynamic space for your event. Can be booked by itself or as an add-on to another selection.

All venues have a three-hour maximum time limit for your event. If your event exceeds the three-hour time limit, there will be an additional fee for each hour beyond that. For birthday parties click here.

*We also provide access to a large catering kitchen which contains a refrigerator, two ovens, a stove-top with four burners, two sinks, and large food prep and plating countertops. No additional charge will be made for tables and chairs. The entire facility is handicap accessible.

Price Chart

Rental SpaceAccomodatesCost During Operating HoursCost After Operating Hours
Celebration Station150 people$600$1,000
Auditorium97 people$300$500
Lab or Birthday Room30-50 people$300$500
East or West Exhibit Gallery300 peopleN/A$1,000
Entire Facility1500 peopleN/A$2,000
Theater (each show)97 peopleN/A$500
Outdoor Park300 peopleN/A$800 alone *$300 as add-on
Fee for each hour beyond limitationN/A$200
Security Deposit (refundable if conditions are met)N/A$250

The Don Harrington Discovery Center is a not-for-profit corporation, designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization.  Facilities are rented only to support our mission to make science exciting, relevant and interesting to all types of learners by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and their families.  Our goal is to foster inquiring minds and to nurture the individual genius that is within each of us.