Discovery Depot Winter Hours | Nature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370


Nature's Art Village & The Dinosaur Place: 860-443-4367
The PAST & The Gateway Museum:860-437-3615


fb-ad-discovery-depot-jackpot-mine-open-winter-vacationDiscovery Depot Open Winter Vacation!

When: December 26th-30th, 2016
*Limited Hours: Dec. 24th, 31st
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Open 10am – 3pm on Dec. 24th & 31st
Where: Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village

Experience the hunt for nature’s amazing treasures this winter vacation in Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village! In Discovery Depot families can explore the Jackpot Mine, a replica silver mine so realistic you’ll feel like you’ve been transported underground! Dig for over 50 varieties of gems, crystals and minerals with your hands and keep everything you find in a souvenir miner’s bucket! Afterwards, learn about all your newfound treasures at our mineral identifying tables.

Children can also experience all the excitement of panning for “gold” in our unique indoor flowing stream called Thunder Creek. Learn about the California Gold Rush as you push back your sleeves and try your luck at panning for pyrite (fool’s gold). Yell “Eureka!” when you strike “gold” and bring home all your riches in a Discovery Depot prospector’s pouch!

Want to become a Paleontologist? Visit The Bone Zone, a southwestern-style fossil quarry reproduction where you and your team work under the direction of “Dr. Bones” to discover the mystery of your excavation. After identifying the discovery, each junior paleontologist receives a collection of genuine fossils to take home and commemorate the dig!

Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village will be open daily from December 26th through 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Discovery Depot will also be open December 24th & 31st 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

For more information on Discovery Depot please watch the video below or call 860.443.4367. Discovery Depot is open weekends year-round and throughout the summer 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.