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 well as programming beyond our museum walls and in collaboration with community partners.

How we achieve impact beyond our museum walls:

Our community partners:

  • foodbank
  • airport
  • 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 National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, the Institute on Ecosystems, the NISE Network, and SciGirls.  In Montana, we are supported by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, and the tireless individuals and businesses who support STEM and education in our communities.