The Adventure Science Center in Nashville

The Adventure Science Center is a independent, not-for-profit science and technology center in the heart of Nashville that offers fun learning experiences for children (and adults!) throughout the region. It features 44,000 square feet of exhibit space with 175 hands-on interactive exhibits covering biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy, and earth sciences. Of particular note is the 75-foot-tall adventure tower where children can climb to the top and get a spectacular view the Nashville skyline and the Sudekum Planetarium that features state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound. The Adventure Science Center serves for than 300,000 people annually!

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For a little history, the organization was originally opened in 1945 as the Children’s Museum of Nashville under the vision of naturalist John Ripley Forbes and was located in Lindsley Hall in downtown Nashville with the first planetarium opening in 1952. In 1972, the museum moved to its current location on Old Saint Cloud Hill, the site of the American Civil War Fort Negley. The organization’s name changed over the years and was the Cumberland Science Museum before changing to the current “Adventure Science Center” in November of 2002.

The price of admission for 2018 is as follows:

General Admission $15.95
General Admission + Planetarium Combo $19.95

Children (2-12)
General Admission $11.95
General Admission + Planetarium Combo $15.95

On our arrival, there were some lines but the staff handled them in a friendly and efficient manner, providing tickets and information on where to go for planetarium shows, etc…

Once we obtained our tickets we headed over to the Space Chase Moonwalk exhibit first, before gradually moving through the remainder of the exhibits before finally catching a show at the Sudekum Planetarium. When the show was over, we saw the remaining attractions and stopped to grab lunch at Subway which is conveniently located on the 2nd floor and a welcome sight to see rather than the typical cafeteria seen at similar places. Below are a sample of the exhibits we say and fun that was had!

Space Chase

Vapor Vortex


Plasma Globe

Sudekum Planetarium


Adventure Tower

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