spectrUM Discovery Area is Missoula's hands-on science center dedicated to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all.
To truly achieve our mission, we provide robust science educational programming in our museum as we ll as programming beyond our museum walls and in collaboration with community partners.
How we achieve impact beyond our museum walls:
- We share our exhibits with our public library, our local airport, the People's Center on the Flathead Reservation, at three libraries in rural Bitterroot Valley, and at other museums throughout Montana.
- We travel to rural Bitterroot Valley weekly to embed making and tinkering into an array of in- and out-of-school settings, all year round.
- Our award winning statewide mobile science program travels to rural and tribal communities so that everyone can have a "science museum" experience.
- Our education team provide regular programming around the state for children and community members experiencing food insecurity.
- We serve as a Backbone Organization for three community collaborative impact groups that provide educational programming: SciNation on the Flathead Reservation, Bitterroot Advisory Group in the Bitterroot Valley, and All Under One Roof initiative where we "move in" and share physical spaces with partner organizations like our award-winning EmPower Place and the new Missoula Public Library complex.
Our community partners:
- public libraries
- other museums
- other science centers
- educational non-profits
- research institutions
- local government
- tribal councils and their agencies
Each year, we reach roughly 200,000 people with fun, hands-on exhibits and activities at our Missoula museum and through our award-winning programs beyond our museum walls.
To help ensure that our mission serves all Montanans, we maintain a robust Science for All Scholarship Fund for low-income children, schools, and communities.
spectrUM's national sponsors and partners include the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Sunderland Foundation, the NISE Network, and SciGirls. In Montana, we are supported by the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, and the tireless individuals and businesses who support STEM and education in our communities.