spectrUM Discovery Area

Missoula's hands-on science center dedicated to igniting passion for discovery through science.


spectrUM is open 10am to 6pm Tuesday-Saturday

From 2pm to 6pm Tuesday-Saturday spectrUM leads hand-on science activities at our Discovery Bench in our museum


spectrUM offers free admission for all

Group Visits

Groups of 10 or more people are encouraged to call in advance about their visit at 406-728-STEM

Parking and Transit

spectrUM has free, 2 hour parking in our building lot. spectrUM is also a stop on the #1 Mountain Line bus route, and is accessible by bike on the river trail through Kiwanis Park.


This month at spectrUM  

Current Exhibition: spectrUM Nostalgia - Rediscovering Classic Exhibits

spectrUM is excited to announce the opening of our latest exhibition that includes all our favorite classic exhibits. This exhibition, which explores themes of anatomy, physics, and geology, is open to the public April 3rd. 














Discovery Bench Activities

spectrUM hosts guided activities in our museum at our Discovery Bench. Activities are free and open to the public. No registration required. See our monthly calendar for more information.

Role Model Visits

spectrUM role model Buck Hitswithastick will be in the museum to facilitate hands-on learning about traditional Indigenous tools and artwork April 17, 4-6pm.

Board member and UM neuroscientist, Katie Holick, will be in the museum to share about her work and brain science April 4, 4-6pm.

We're teaming up with the International Wildlife Film Festival and the Clark Fork Coalition to Celebrate the Beaver on April 19th, 2:30-5:30, in our Water Room. Festivities include beaver mask making, take-away posters, engineering beaver dams, exploring natural specimens, ecosystem sensory boxes, and more. 

Art Installation

spectrUM is hosting the Big Sky High School's climate art exhibit, Brushstrokes of Change. Experience their artwork with us throughout April, and visit us on May 3rd for a First Friday celebration, 5-7pm. 

spectrUM Science at the UM Living Lab

Join us for hands-on science activities at the UM Living Lab April 13th and 27th from 3-5pm on the 1st floor of the Missoula Public Library. 

Living Lab logo

spectrUM's AUOR Partners

Located within the Missoula Public Library complex, spectrUM shares space with 5 other All Under One Roof partners.

The Missoula Public Library aims to "Spark Curiosity. Make Connections. Thrive Together."

Families First aims to "Strengthen families through education, connection, play and partnership."

MCAT Missoula's Community Media Resource aims to "promote the spread of information and exchange of views, ideas, and opinions within the community of Missoula."

The UM Living Lab aims to "inspire children in science."

Missoula Community Radio (KFGM 101.5) aims to "create a medium for all community members to enrich and engage their community directly and freely by producing educational, socially just, culturally aware, and entertaining radio programming."

Building exterior


Visit us on the 2nd floor of the Missoula Public Library at 455 East Main Street, Missoula, Montana

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