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Creative Discovery Museum

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
321 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-4902
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here with a family group (daughter, son-in-law, their 2 girls aged 6 and 1, and son-in-law's parents). Even without the upstairs exhibits (They're in-between exhibits; new one opens in a week.) there was so much to see and do. We were extremely impressed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Karen K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids loved it and there was plenty for them to do! My boys are 7 and 10 and they both had fun. It’s got multiple centers and lots of hands on play.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kbwebber
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We took this trip with our granddaughter and great niece who was with her dad and grandparents. The girls preferred different activities and there were two floors of different and very cool activities for children of all ages. They also have a special area dedicated...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Kaye P
Reviewed October 22, 2018

This place is great for kids. A lot of good activities for kids of all ages and you can eat from their garden.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bshroats5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

All the hands on discoveries available where awesome! Although my kids would have enjoyed it more if they where younger, the did get enjoyment out if a lot anyway. Being able to create things out of random pieces in the make it area was a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MaElena H
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

My daughter is 10 and this was by all means way too small for her. There’s really nothing at the front that indicates age appropriateness but I literally just lost my money. It was nearly $50 (2 adults and 1 child). We watched a science...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank reddoorsuzy
Reviewed October 3, 2018

The museum was directly across from our hotel, so it was super convenient. Our 6 year old absolutely LOVED it and was upset about leaving. The water table upon entry and the dinosaur sand excavation were his favorites. Will definitely visit again!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Inspiration812497
Reviewed October 1, 2018

I used to go to this place all the time as a kid and I even helped do a few commercials for it! There are so many cool little corners and neat things to find here. Some rooms mess with your mind, casting illusions from...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Lucas D
Reviewed September 22, 2018

This was a wonderful children’s museum. All the attractions were clean and in great working condition. My son loved the area were you can dig for dinosaur fossils.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dorinda T
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

My kids loved this place. There’s enough to do to keep all of them busy all day. No one below the age of 11 or 12 could be bored here! Lots of different building activities, crafts, music, puppet shows, kids theater, large water play area...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Melody T
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Mary E
May 3, 2018|
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Response from barthur11 | Reviewed this property |
Discussed with my wife that is professional in the field, yes it would be a good spot for the child to visit.
March 3, 2018|
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Response from climbingsidi | Reviewed this property |
It is not bad if they have never been but he Ian at the upper end of the age limit in my opinion. My 12year old gets bored but we have an annual pass. He only likes to go when they change up exhibits to see what they have... More
March 12, 2017|
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Response from Marijayne | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is quite large right behind the museum. I think you could park an RV there.
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Portland, Tennessee
Two rainy days (2 Replies)
I’m bringing my kids to Chattanooga on Sunday and Monday. Of course, it looks like there’s a significant chance of rain. I know my 3 year old will love the Creative Discovery Museum, so that is on my itinerary. My 12 year old really had his heart set on Lookout Mountain. Are there any activities on Lookout Mountain that you’d recommend on a rainy day? Rock City? Ruby Falls? Should I just cancel that plan and go to the aquarium? Any advice is appreciated.
March 23, 2018|
Response fromDelta4201|
Agree- we have a cautious respect for our local forecast- the mountains seem to throw them off- keep your Rock city plan- it is fabulous!
Syracuse, New York
Chattanooga Memorial Day Weekend (3 Replies)
Are we nuts to go to Chattanooga with our 2 boys (ages 2 and 3) during this upcoming holiday weekend? We are interested in Rock City, Creative Discovery Museum, The Aquarium, Railroad Museum and visiting Coolidge Park, all based on recommendations read here. Will it be beyond crowded, do you think? We are also considering the Marriott Downtown. Is this also advisable? Thanks for your input!
May 15, 2011|
Response fromqueeni_traveler|
The Marriott downtown is just PERFECT! Right in the middle of all the activity. Yes, there will more people than usual , but the activities are so spread out, there should not of a problem Maybe a few more at the Aquarium, but you move at your own pace. Below, is a list of other activities that you may want to include.They can be found on Chattanoogafun.com. Chattanooga is all about family! Friday, May 27, 2011 DINOSAURS! Exhibit ($) Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park 9:00 AM - 5:00...More
Milton, Florida
Chattanooga Here We Come (16 Replies)
I haven't been to Chattanooga since I was a small child and can't wait to get back there. We booked a room through Priceline and now after reading the reviews on the hotel we got, I'm concerned. We'll be staying at the Marriott Convention Center. Is it really as bad as some of the reviews I read? I'm 4 months preggo and we're bringing our 2 1/2 year old. We were hoping for relaxing but have a great time!! And my son will love to utilize the indoor pool. Also, I see there is an electric bus...More
December 04, 2008|
Response fromlegalwife|
Since you are going before Christmas, I definitely would take bus to Chattanooga Choo Choo and let son ride trolly, and if in the evening, the courtyard is lit up really pretty. Trolly used to be free and still may be. Have fun. There are some little shops there and maybe a candy store is still there.