Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Creative Discovery Museum is a hands-on children's museum in the heart of downtown Chattanooga that inspires all children to explore, innovate, create, and play. Our exhibits are designed to both entertain and educate as children discover the world around them and all it has to offer including art, music, dinosaur digging, water exploration, and science. Rated the #7 children's museum in the U.S. by Trekaroo in 2015.
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Jeffrey Koslowski
Canton, MI626 contributions
May 2022
As far as Children's Museums go, its good. There was some pretty substantial construction going on so you won't get the full effect. What is there is nicely varied and should keep your child(ren) edu-tained for a couple hours.

From a learning standpoint, I enjoyed the musical instruments in the music section. They are from all over the world and vary between string, percussion, and wind. My daughter was involved in the hands-on activities while I looked at these different instruments from Asia, Africa, and North America.

They have a pretty sizable dinosaur and nature section. There is a sandy beach area where kids can "dig" for dinosaur bones. There are also microscopes to look at microscopic portions of plants and animals as well as tanks for bigger live animals like lizards and cockroaches.

The art section contains a lot of hands-on arts and crafts. They are for all ages as they include everything from stamps and paper chains to full on "making" with varying materials.

The keynote section, however, is the jungle gym/water table area. It is tall and can support the average adult if your little one realizes how high they are and freaks out. Since this area is in the front, it fills up real quick so I would recommend you either come in when it first opens or toward closing time. Previous comments about crowding are very true and with masks not being mandated here, if that is a concern for you, you might want to look at off hours.

We brought our own snacks so I can't tell you much about the food situation (if there even was one). Parking is in the back but again is very limited ESPECIALLY if you don't get in early. We were ready to leave after about two hours and the lot was totally full. If there is an event going on somewhere in town (for us, there was a Lookouts baseball game), be ready to walk if you aren't there within the first hour or so of the opening time.

On the whole, as a children's museum goes, this does the trick. There are definitely others around the country that are better but if you have kids, this is a good way to spend a few hours.
Written July 17, 2022
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Eric
Nashville, TN36 contributions
Feb 2021
We had a really good time at the CDM. Our two girls were probably just a bit young, but our oldest got to enjoy most of the exhibits and most everything was still very hands on during these crazy times. They did an excellent job of cleaning, managing spaces, and managing the amount of people who were inside at one time. We thought it was also very affordable compared to other family attractions. We will certainly go back the next time we make another family trip to Chattanooga.
Written February 25, 2021
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Brandon C
Oregon, OH10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
My 2 boys had a blast here. Lots and lots of stuff to do. Drawing areas, craft areas, music area etc. My 2 boys probably spent an hour alone just in the first area with the water. Can get pretty crowded in some areas because there isn't a lot of room to maneuver around other people. And I think its just a touch pricey considering the upstairs is closed for renovation right now (even though they do give a discount for that). But definitely worth going to if you have young kids.
Written May 9, 2022
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BelindaJ770
Cumming, GA469 contributions
Apr 2022
At the advice of a friend, we ordered tickets in advance because we were told that they could sell out of tickets. When we ordered our tickets, there were three timeslots available: 10:00AM, 12:00PM and 2:00PM. We opted for the 2:00PM timeslot. We arrived thirty minutes early, but we were still allowed to enter.

Tickets are currently discounted because the museum is undergoing renovations.

There is something to do for all ages. We particularly liked the room with the screen where your movements could be projected onto a screen in front of you in a variety of colors.

Many of the workshops are limited to 8 to 10 people, which is fine, but there should be a sign-up sheet for the workshops. We didn’t know that once someone leaves, another people could go in. Perhaps it is different in the morning, but some of the sections were lacking. There was a wall with four easels where you were supposed to be able to draw a portrait (or anything else that you wanted), but there was no paper. There were also no employees to ask for paper. In another part of the museum, there was a table to create your own ribbon. The instructions posted on the wall said to wrap your selected ribbon around a template card. When I did find an employee and asked her where I could find the template card, she shrugged her shoulders and told me that someone must have walked away with it. In yet another part of the museum, the ink pads were completely dry, but there was no employee around to notify them of it. I don’t know if I caught the museum on an off-day, but the museum didn’t live up to all of the hype from my friend and parenting magazines.
Written April 5, 2022
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LydiaM24
Nashville, TN146 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
This place definitely is neat and very intriguing for children of a wide age range. However, it was beyond crowded this past weekend when we were and there it was hard to enjoy. We were visiting from out of town so unfortunately weekend was our only time to visit. But wow the amount of people there was crazy. It was almost impossible for my kid to play on several of the stations. The dinosaur bone dig site was so crowded you could hardly get around to do anything. We finally gave up and left. They are doing some construction so one area is closed off but still lots of other areas to visit. I would say visit on a weekday though if you can.
Written September 6, 2022
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Cookeville_Phil
Cookeville, TN361 contributions
Jan 2020
We bought a season grandparent pass which permits two grandparents, one more adult and up to 10 grandchildren for one fee which was around $150 or so. This museum pass works with other museums around the country as well - an excellent value. A parking fee is required - about $7 for a day. The museum is huge - two levels and lots of interactive exhibits. We've gone multiple times and our grand kids cant wait to return. Our 3 year old loves it and our 15 year old enjoys is as well. I'd say the optimum age is around 3 to 14 years old. Allow 3 to 4 hours minimum to see and experience everything. Mostly inside but there is a small outside area to explore as well. Highly recommended.
Written January 6, 2020
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allyouneedistara
Indianapolis, IN946 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
The museum's second floor is under renovation but we had a good two hours on the first floor alone. The kids loved it. Their favorite area was the water, art, and music. It was really neat and would definitely take kids. You could definitely stay a long time.
Written March 29, 2022
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JCR
Duluth, Georgia11 contributions
Dec 2019
We come from a city that, in my opinion, doesn't really have a great children's museum, so I was excited to take our daughter here. Some of the exhibits are neat. When I came inside, I was immediately hit with the smell of chlorine and it was really humid inside. We came on a Friday in December, so it wasn't warm outside. Moving on, our daughter seemed to really enjoy the water part (I think it's a pirate ship) and the dino dig. The folks that work there also seem to enjoy kids, for the most part (there were some grumpy workers, but I guess that's to be expected). Some of the exhibits seemed a little run down, and I left feeling a little underwhelmed, but that may just be because I was expecting a lot. And I think we went on a pretty busy day because it was really CROWDED.
Written January 4, 2020
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Elaine R
Canton, GA19 contributions
Jul 2021
What a great way to spend a hot day inside having fun with family. Our grands and their cousins thoroughly enjoyed the hands on experience of each and every exhibit on all the levels of the building! Oh the giggles, expressions and excitement discovering art, music, science, building things, role playing, to figuring how things work. It was fun and I recommend this museum for families. There's something for all ages.
Written July 27, 2021
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Mallory Smith
85 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This is a very fun children’s museum. We visited today with an 8 and 4 year old. They had a blast! There are so many art/creative activities...more than any other children’s museum we’ve been to. We’ve been to a lot. My kids are very into arts/crafts so this museum really appealed to them. They loved the outside level so it would be good to go on a nice day. Looking forward to visiting again the next time we travel to Chattanooga.
Written May 28, 2021
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  • Thu - Tue 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM