This 60,000-square-foot collection of exhibits and interactive displays calls itself “more than a museum.” Located in Times Square and sitting on the former grounds of the New York Times printing press, it now welcomes significant traveling exhibitions centered on multiple disciplines. Past exhibits have covered topics such as the Titanic, Leonardo da Vinci, King Tut, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the terracotta warriors of China and even Harry Potter.
Ranging from historical and educational to entertaining, the exhibition center promises interesting, unique artifacts and storytelling with an emphasis on personal experience. Exhibitions often include multimedia and are designed for immersive discovery and exploration of the topic or theme at hand. There is also a cafe, learning center and events space on site.
Discovery Times Square is located at 226 W. 44th St. (between Broadway and Eighth avenues) directly across from Shubert Alley. It is open at 10 a.m. daily and closes at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Final entry is 45 minutes prior to closing. Ticket prices range from $19.50 for youth ages 3-11 to $27 for adults. To get there by bus, take routes M42 or M50 cross-town to Seventh Avenue. By subway, the options include the A, C or E train to 42nd Street; the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R or S train to Times Square; the B, D, M, or F train to 42nd Street-Bryant Park; and the N or R to 49th Street. Parking is available at Meyer's Parking, one block east at 146 W. 44th St.