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“greatly enjoyed museum, except planetarium not for small children”

Adventure Science Center
Ranked #42 of 252 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“greatly enjoyed museum, except planetarium not for small children”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Great children's science museum - lots of hands on activities and room to run around. We were there on a Saturday, and it wasn't that crowded. Super space exhibit with "Moonwalker" where you are harnessed in and "fly" around, practicing what it is like in space. Google Earth table where you can aim and zoom to find your house anywhere on the planet. We were there with relatives with 2 children, 5 and 7, and it was perfect.

The only disappointment was the planetarium show. Instead of being a regular, age appropriate, planetarium show (we saw "stars" - sounds innocent enough!) where you see the night sky and they explain things, it was an IMAX type show with wild flashing lights, fast moving objects, and gratuitous spinning (even the adults had to look at the horizon of the theater to keep from feeling dizzy). The info was fine, but the visual part wasn't age appropriate for small children. They were scared, the younger one cried, and a family next to us left in the middle with their young one. Also not for those who get motion sickness. Seems that quiet contemplation of the night sky has given way to the over-stimulation world of video games, movies, and IMAX theaters.

Other than that, we all had a great visit!!

Visited November 2013
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Branson, Missouri
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Another fun adventure!”
Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

Met up with our friends again, this time here. The kids had a lot of fun! Subway was a bit crowded, but the service was good. Interesting to say the least!

Visited August 2013
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Dickson, Tennessee, United States
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47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great for the grand kids”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Took my grand kids here & we had a blast... a lot of activities to keep them busy from the moment we walked in the door till I had to drag them out.. watched a movie/film in the dome about space & it even kept their attention...will be bring them back on their next visit,, a GREAT place to take children to learn play & just have fun for the whole family :)

Visited July 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for kids!!”
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Great place to take children. My kids love this place, it had there attention from the time we arrived until we left. Alot of great exhibits and would recommend it to anyone

Visited October 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“typical”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

when i went there wasnt any temporary exhibits, just the permanent ones and i really wasnt that impressed. it was just a typical kids science museum, nothing really made an impression on me. have been to better.

Visited July 2013
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