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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


Melanie McMahan

Thursday, May 31, 2018
I was extremely disappointed. Took my nephew & was hoping for a fun, educational experience. Instead, we saw run-down, broken exhibits that didn't work or were missing parts. The downstairs area that houses the airplane was dark & the floor was super slick from spilled bubble solution. We saw exactly 2 employees the entire time. The one who took our admission & one in the downstairs art area that actually left in the midst of explaining an art project to my nephew. Little Man climbed into the airplane & the video display cut off with no way to reactivate it. He's 4, so he enjoys himself no matter what's happening. I very sincerely doubt that we will ever return to this location. The next time we want an interactive experience, we'll find one someplace else.

Heather Reed

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Fair pricing and my 3 year old played for 3 hours. He would've palyed all day if I had let him. I was pleasantly surprised with the he gift shops pricing. Most gift shops are really expensive but the one had very reasonable priced items. The only reason I didn't get it 5 stars is because there was only one bathroom. The museum has two stories yet the only public restroom was downstairs.

Jon Jones

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Visiting here is like going to see your fun grandma. There's lots of weird old stuff to look at and investigate, and the staff is very sweet. We attended a birthday party here and it was handled well, and the children had lots of fun.

Appalachian GhostWalks

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Hands-on is a great place to entertain children as well as the child within. But, who knew that there were incidents of the unexplained that would later come to thrill and amaze guests of Appalachian GhostWalks' "Haunted Historic Johnson City Little Chicago GhostWalk"? Come and hear the stories of past guests experiences as well as the results of our research conducted on site. You'll have a simply SPOOK-tacular good time, appropriate for children and adults. Visit our website for additional information and reservations.

Mallory Lewis

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Great adventure for kids. Our family were members. Our kids visited frequently to explore and use their imagination. They never tired of the exhibits and looked forward to our visits. Great experience in downtown!

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