Hands On Regional Museum

315 East Main Street

Mission Statement:

The mission of Hands On! is to inspire discovery and understanding of science and the arts in a place where learning and fun go hand in hand.

Purpose Statement:

To become the premier regional destination for interactive discovery.

Diversity Statement:

Hands On! Regional Museum welcomes folks of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders, and income levels to discover where learning and fun go hand-in-hand!

Hands On! Museum was founded in 1986 and opened its doors for the first time in 1987. Since then it has more than doubled its exhibit space and welcomed over 1.5 million visitors! Some basic Hands On! facts are:

70,000 visitors each year from nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries

Provides 100,000 programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities

Selected by readers of Marquee Magazine as the best museum in the region


Billy Robinson

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

This is lots of fun for kids. There is a bunch of interactive exhibits that they can play with. Everything from a grocery store, a bank, airplane, a big operation type game, and many more things. It is starting to show its age a bit. There is a lot of wear on on different exhibits, but it is still a lot of fun. One of my daughter's favorite things is the "secret" slide to the downstairs. Parking here can be a little difficult at times. Not a lot of close parking spots.

Go Gators

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

Really fun place! Our kids loved it and it was a lot more fun than I anticipated. The Tesla expedition totally worth the $2, that was probably my favorite part.

Aleister Miller

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Hands On Museum typically has the same stuff, but kids LOVE going back. Usually kids will meet other kids and they can have fun together. There are so many different things for kids to experience (a mini shopping store made with recycled food/drink containers, a stage with lots of different costumes, a robot arm, stuff to build). I think it's way fun for children (seems most are under 10), and the staff there are SO friendly and help whenever they can. I would definitely recommend a trip!

Nick Gillespie

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

Great place to bring the kids for an interactive learning experience. So much more than the standard museum experience that puts kids to sleep.

chris rodd

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

My daughter loves this places. I like how the chsnged things around over the past few months.