Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore 44,000 square feet of over 175 exciting hands-on science exhibits and activities revealing the wonders of biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, space, earth science, technology, and more. Experience a state-of-the-art planetarium offering spectacular journeys to the stars, laser shows, and amazing full-dome films for children and adults. Enjoy award-winning daily live science demos, labs, and science cafes presented by a talented staff of scientist educators. Adventure Science Center is dedicated to creating learning experiences that open minds to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit center of science, learning, and exploration.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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J B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Almost half the facility is currently closed down. The VR center, the learning labs, the play zones, and more are either gutted or blocked off. Yet they still charge full price admission, with no up front mention of the restricted access.

What is available is antiquated and struggled to hold the attention of my inquisitive children. The material presented is aimed to be mere cursory information, there is no depth. If you want your children to learn go to the library, they will learn more from a couple books than this whole place.

Save your money.
Written July 23, 2020
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roamer7456
Woodburn, KY170 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I took my 10 and 12 year old grand daughters here on Spring break. They had a great time but beleive the reviews when they say some things are broken. Alot of the time the grand daughters were just making something happen physicially at an attraction and never understood what they were doing as I am sure most other younger children could not comprehend either. On another note there is a subway upstairs for lunch, There was also frozen yogurt at so much per ounce, $23.39 for 3 small cups is pretty steep so be aware.
Written April 7, 2022
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Amber Wolf E
Sherman, TX66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We were thoroughly disappointed yesterday. With Covid 19 many exhibits were closed or off limits. Which is fine but we could have been told that. Bc we wouldn’t have come. Save your money until it’s fully reopened. We should have asked for a 50% refund since we felt that’s what was available. I wish the website would’ve said mostly everything was unavailable bc I wouldn’t have wasted our money or rime. My kids were bored and so were we.
Written July 10, 2020
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SML Traveler
Moneta, VA400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Since we had our 6 year old grandson, this place was chosen as an educational place and interactive place to keep him active and learning. They have something for all ages including the grandparents who learn things from the exhibits. There are numerous interactive activities for kids of all ages even lifting a car off the ground. Excellent trip for a rainy day.
Written January 21, 2020
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Roosters M
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Took my grandson. There were so many "activities" that either weren't working or only half way doing what they should. My grandson loves to go but this time the place seemed dirty and so many of the "hands on" activities were out of order. So much of the center needs a complete refreshing as a lot of the areas are dirty, worn, and outdated. The price is expensive to not be able to enjoy all it is supposed to offer.
Written October 11, 2021
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Adrienne M
Huntsville, AL61 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
There isn't a ton of stuff to do in Nashville that's really kid-centered with the exception of the zoo, which is kind of surprising. We made this visit with our 9 & 11 year-old grandchildren. We were all quite disappointed compared to other science centers we have been to in other cities. I don't know if we went on a particularly bad day, but we estimated that 50% of the interactive exhibits were broken. The exhibits were not terribly exciting. Adults in charge not very good about letting others take their turn at the things that were actually working. We were going to end the visit by eating in the Subway within the building, but it was incredibly crowded with dirty tables so we opted to eat elsewhere. The Adventure Science Center has a somewhat dated feel and a lot of non-working exhibits, I would expect better from a huge tourist draw city like Nashville.
Written July 10, 2022
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Kenneth A
Grasonville, MD78 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We were visiting Nashville with the family and decided to take the grandkids here for the day. First, they let WAY too many people in this place at one time. There was zero control on admission. Other public places time entrances to control the crowd. The place was loaded with school buses of kids and you couldn't see many exhibits.

A number of the exhibits were non-functioning and need attention. We spent close to $200 for the family to enter and you have to pay extra for the planetarium, extra for the space simulator, extra for the climbing... you get the point. I've been to other science centers in other cities and this one is not good and a waste of time and money. Also the extra attractions were full and we couldn't get tickets if we wanted them.

They also advertised free parking. There was no parking available anywhere. Ended up jumping the curb and parking on the grass on the main street. Not sure if that was legal but I had no choice.

I would not go again and do not recommend this place to anyone. Go to the Nashville Zoo instead with kids. That was fantastic!
Written April 7, 2023
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john c
Nashville, TN81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
My wife and I took our grandkids (8-1/2 and 6) on a Friday when their school had a holiday. Lots of hands-on exhibits and huge climbing playground in the center. The exhibits are divided into sections such as that cover different sciences. Perfect for under junior high kids. Helpful if your child can read. Lots of things to try out. There’s an area where you can build things (materials and tools provided) and whatever you made you can rake home. There’s a big section devoted to the human body.

There are a couple of sections that charge extra so we skipped those (rock climbing, flight simulator are the main ones). We did do the Sudekum Planetarium which costs extra. We were not very impressed with the show. The presenter talked too fast and without enthusiasm. The show lacked the pizzazz and digital excitement that it could have (still uses a laser pointer!). Too much talk about the different constellations. My grandson did perk up when he talked about where the planets were in the night sky. There are other shows that the Planetarium puts on later at night that may be better.

The Adventure Science Center is a big stop for school groups. We were there when the Center opened but it became very crowded within the hour. Going in the afternoons may be less crowded when the school groups have left. But be aware that the Center closes at 3:00. I do agree that 2-3 hours is enough time.
Written October 20, 2023
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Dreamer24244047124
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
As a kid who grew up in the MNPS system, we would always take trips to the adventure science center. They would be short trips, so I was unable to do everything. As a full adult, the Adventure Science Center is much more fun. They changed some of the exhibits, which is as expected, yet I just truly had the time of my life. This is fun for all ages and all sizes. There are lots of picture-esque/Instagram-able moments. I did not have many issues. I would highly suggest catching a show at the Sudekum Planetarium. The only thing I had an issue with was timing. We thought we could finish the museum in under an hour; it took us about 2.5 hours, but it was still so much fun!
Written June 10, 2023
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Robert N
Jacksonville, FL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
Great place for the kids (7 and 6 year old boys). Lots of interesting science experiments that were interactive and fun. They were learning and didn’t even know it. Usually science museums are boring and just some kind of video explaining what you’re looking at. Not this one. Actually spent about 4 hours here including the planetarium show. Also has a Subway sandwich and a frozen yogurt shop inside.
Written November 13, 2021
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