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Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 SouthEast Broad Street

The Discovery Center was chartered in 1986 as Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County to provide hands-on education opportunities for the community. After an extensive grassroots campaign orchestrated by young parents, a building was purchased and exhibits and programs were created. During its first year of operation, over 11,000 visitors came to experience the museum’s exhibits and programs. Now 23 years after its inception, the Center serves as a vibrant community and tourism center with over 120,000 children and families exploring the exhibits each year.

Mission Statement

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on museum and nature center that inspires exploration, enhances learning, and builds confidence through diverse programs and exhibits.


Eddie de Pool

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
My daughter has gone here a couple of times in one time I decided to take her and scope the place out and see what it was all about. It certainly seems like a place that was a lot of fun for kids and reasonably priced for what they have there. They honestly have a little bit of everything in small doses. They have a whole entire pretend town that actually gives you more than just the space to do it, they also give you the tools to be able to have the full pretend experience. My daughter had a tremendous deal of fun pretending to be a doctor where they provided the stethoscope clipboard x-ray screens with x-rays as well as a lab coat. I only can imagine what kind of fun I would have had as a child coming across play area such as this. But they also have a little area where you can dig up or scrape away fossils as well as see fire engines, musical instruments, how engines themselves work, as well as all kinds of other activities that are pretty exciting. The only thing I wish different about this place was that they maybe had a little bit more at the facility for the kids to enjoy because ultimately it's about a half a day worth of excitement for my kid and she's ready to leave. I imagine that it's not that way for every kid but I just noted that my child became bored after about 3 or 4 hours of playing there.

brooke yoder

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
This place will provide many hours of fun! It’s low cost and there are SO. MANY. ACTIVITIES. your kiddo can do. We are annual pass holders. It is great for many ages - I would say toddlers (I’d say one year old / walking) to 9-10 years old. You could easily let your kids play here for 4 or 5 hours. *Bring a change of clothes, there’s a big water activity area and they may get pretty wet playing there. *Snacks like juice, water and chips can be purchased here as well as little toys and stuffed animals. *One downside is that they have school field trips here and there’s WAY to many kids and it gets WAY to loud.

Patricia Buck

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Had my granddaughters birthday party there. I loved it! I never knew it was so big! I was amazed at all of the different things there. Definitely something for every interest!

Laura #

Monday, June 18, 2018
Fantastic way to get the energy out of the little ones, while stimulating their curiosity and creativity! Bought a year long membership after our first visit. Depending on field trip groups and time of year, it can get very crowded and warm. Small snacks are available for purchase, but better to bring your own. Oh, and bring a water bottle if your little one likes to drink from the water table... I learned the hard way.

Joyce Carbaugh

Saturday, June 23, 2018
This place doesn't look like much from the road. Don't let that fool you! I took 2 elementary aged children there. We spent 3.5 hours and they were never bored. This is hands on, fun learning! They worked with gears, learned about properties of air, mined coal for a stream train, climbed in a fire truck, and so many other activities. Beautiful areas outside also with wetlands and covered picnic area.

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