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River Discovery Center

117 South Water Street, Paducah, KY 42001 (Formerly River Heritage Museum)
270 575 9958
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Ranked #8 of 20 Attractions in Paducah
Type: Specialty Museums
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Smyrna, Tennessee
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114 reviews 114 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The River Heritage Museum is now also known as a Discovery Center because it has some hands on things to experience. The museum has a good display of all the tributaries that flow into the four rivers that come together near the area, the Cumberland, Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers. They also have a film, but it was zoomed in... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A very historical and educational museum with the focus on crews on the river as well as the rivers itself. The hands on is the tow simulator which really gives an appreciation of the complexity of safely managing a tow.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Well done small museum displaying Paducah river history along with simulator where you can pilot several different kinds of boats. The simulator would have been more interesting if there had been someone available to explain how things worked.

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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

unless you love boats and gift shops bigger then the museum its not worth the entry fee. The room that simulates the storm was a BIG let down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This museum is actually attached to the training school for people involved in navigating the river systems so you can actually do some simulation stuff as well which is fun, you can also see what's happening on the river from a webcam. Additionally the film is interesting and the exhibits varied, an excellent museum.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Wonderfully laid out. Stroll along and discover the Ohio River. What lives in the river, where does it flow, what does it carry? Many more questions will also be answered.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

A well kept secret in downtown Paducah. Explore local history and learn about the Ohio River! Well worth the admission price which is not a lot. Great value!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This was a very informative museum about the history of the inland rivers and those who work on them. There's an interactive simulator that lets you drive and it's a hoot (we drove the speedboat and got sea sick).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a wonderful place to learn about the history of the Ohio River in this area. Really nice collection of model riverboats, photos, hands on exhibits of working locks and a very informative short movie. Worth a stop.

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Rochester, New York
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a fairly small, but well done, museum along the floodwall featuring activity on the nearby rivers. There is a nice mix of historical photos, artifacts, ship models, films, audio clips, and hands'-on models to observe. They offer a 20-minute professional film on life on the river included with the admission. Upstairs part of the historical building has been... More

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