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Orpheum Children's Science Museum

346 North Neil Street

Our Mission in Action :

To promote the continued exploration and understanding of the importance of science through engaging exhibits and innovative programming, creating an atmosphere where imagination, learning and fun combine to encourage a life-long interest in science. We are a founding member of the Museums at the Crossroads, which raises awareness of the museums of Champaign County.


The New Orpheum Theatre opened on October 19, 1914 as both a vaudeville theater and a "moving picture" house. All the great stars of the Orpheum Theatre Circuit played Champaign, and it was considered to be the finest theater in downstate Illinois. The Orpheum is a one-third scale model of the opera hall at Versailles and one of the earliest designs of the prestigious architectural firm of Rapp and Rapp of Chicago.

The theater closed in 1986. It sat unused and largely forgotten until 1989 when the Preservation and Conservation Association began its campaign to preserve the theater. In 1994 it was purchased by The Discovery Place, Inc. The nonprofit Board renovated 6750 sq. ft. for a hands-on science demonstration museum and opened the doors on December 27, 1994. In 1996 the name was changed to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum.

Phase II, underwritten by grants from the U.S. Geological Survey and Illinois First, was completed in 2000. The vestibule, lobby, and mezzanine were renovated.


Debbie Klein

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5$ to get in. Grandkids loved it, a lot of the areas are non operating especially in the vet room, but the concept and dress up was still appreciated. Interesting old building . Though it's geared towards 10 and under my older grandchildren found things to do . The outside section was closed due to weather. Many secret spaces to entertain the kids. We spent about 2 hour here.

ashcake nichole

Monday, May 21, 2018
I have been staying in town for a little while and kept Googleing and coming across this place it is definitely a great place to take your child lots of learning activities and playful things to wear them out.

James Lockett

Sunday, April 8, 2018
A little disappointing. Compared to other children's museums in the area it is tiny. Add in the fact that a good portion of the exhibits were either closed or broken, the only saving grace was that the admission was cheap.

Kendall Johnson

Monday, April 30, 2018
They were so helpful is planning our wedding reception. Great space, definitely go with Crash Events for your DJ, he really knows how to work with the space.

Big Joe82

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Smaller then expected but the kiddos LOVED IT! Had so much fun for hours. Definitely would go back again. Perfect for those cold and or rainy days.

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