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
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This multi-purpose room is ideal for large gatherings. A bonus feature is that the Celebration Station can also be divided into five smaller rooms with moveable walls and hallways, perfect for breakout sessions. Four of the sectional rooms are equipped with a white board. Located downstairs in the East Wing.
Floor plans: Basement Classrooms 2020 Basement Open 2020
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 or West Exhibit Gallery
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.
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.
|Rental Space||Accomodates||Cost During Operating Hours||Cost After Operating Hours|
|Celebration Station||150 people||$600||$1,000|
|Lab or Birthday Room||30-50 people||$300||$500|
|East or West Exhibit Gallery||300 people||N/A||$1,000|
|Entire Facility||1500 people||N/A||$2,000|
|Theater (each show)||97 people||N/A||$500|
|Outdoor Park||300 people||N/A||$800 alone *$300 as add-on|
|Fee for each hour beyond limitation||N/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 nurture the individual genius that is within each of us.