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Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Boulevard

Established in 1944, the Children’s Museum of Nashville resided on 2nd Avenue South in downtown Nashville. World War II was coming to an end and the nation was beginning to look to the future. Sgt. John Ripley Forbes’ vision for Nashville’s future was focused on children. His enthusiasm for a children’s museum sparked some of the city’s most prominent and influential citizens, including the museum’s first president, Vernon Sharp, Jr. A lease on the old University of Nashville building was signed in November 1944, and on Oct. 30, 1945, the Children’s Museum of Nashville opened its doors to the public. 




Chitiaka Henry

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
I had last visited when it was still Cumberland Science Museum. Now with a child of my own, I brought her to one of my favorite places from my own childhood. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of renovations that had been done. We took in a planetarium show, enjoying a sensory-friendly show that was open to everyone. I also liked the policies in place to help those with unique needs. We explored the entire complex, taking our time. She particularly liked the third floor Adventure Tower. The climb has some narrow stairs to the observation dome, so some people cannot accompany children to the top, though I found it easy to still keep track by calling up if I got concerned. The hands-on nature of the exhibits made science fun for her, explaining through play concepts that would be harder to understand through lecture, writing, and diagrams. The Subway in the Center for breaks and lunch was a great addition. We stayed open to close, enjoying everything. It was one of her best days ever, and a wonderful memory for me.

Joshua Owens

Saturday, July 7, 2018
We went for the 4th of July fireworks display. The view of the fireworks wasn't exactly the best, but the Science Center itself is so cool. Kids will love it. There is a pretty large play area which kids can climb all over. There's even a giant heart to crawl through (very neat!). And of course there are many educational, yet fun displays of many different topics, varying from astronomy, life sciences, physics, etc. There's also a planetarium; I wish I had seen an astronomy show, but I missed out.

Olivia Giersch

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Real fun experience with my 3 1/2 year old however it was extremely crowded and some of the play areas were quite dangerous (huge jungle set) with the amount of kids playing on it. They would definitely benefit from numbering the amount children/parents allowed on at one time. Planetarium show was great! Would recommend !

Steve Engle

Sunday, July 1, 2018
I had a good time with my family (me, my wife and 4 kids). Although this seems geared more toward elementary aged kids, my teens had fun as well. I wouldn't plan for a full day there, but a half day would be enjoyable. The center was clean and not too crowded (we went on a Sunday afternoon). Some of the attractions had things missing or not working which is the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5. It wasn't bad enough for me to not return, however. The cost for us was $75.75 which included 4 adult tickets (ages 13+) and 1 child. I got in free because I am a teacher! There are other discounts available on tickets as well, just check the website. Parking was free. There is also a gift shop and a place to order food but I didn't visit either of these so I don't know what their prices were like.

Victoria Holt

Monday, July 30, 2018
Pretty fun with a great variety of exhibits. My kids happily spent three hours there and we didn't do the extras. Only downside was a bus-full of big kids, maybe around 8th grade, running through the place with no apparent supervision. They almost knocked several little kids down on different occasions.

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