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Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37203 USA

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Sun 10a-5p
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“Getting kids excited about science”

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.  In 1952, the Center opened the first planetarium in Tennessee and named it after one of the founding Board of Trustees, Anthony Sudekum, whose family had contributed the funds to purchase the first star projector. The Museum moved to Old Saint Cloud Hill, known as Fort Negley in the Civil War, in 1974. The organization’s name changed over the years, most recently from Cumberland Science Museum to Adventure Science Center in November 2002.  More than sixty years have passed and Sgt. Forbes’ vision is as strong as ever. Adventure Science Center still creates opportunities for children to learn and have fun. The Center now serves over 300,000 visitors annually from Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama, and beyond. It has remained at heart, a place where learning is fun..

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Chini Tiongco

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  • 106 Helpful
August 14, 2014
Rated 4.0

This place is very educational, fun, interesting and cool. I recommend this place to anyone. There are a lot of things to learn and very exciting things to do. I'm definitely going back here.

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May 02, 2019
Rated 5.0

Very crowded but it’s no wonder the place was amazing. It was like the best playground ever with learning incorporated! So cool!

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  • 2 Helpful
July 08, 2017
Rated 4.0

This place was great. The two eleven-year-olds were thoroughly entertained, but some of the stuff was beneath them. There is a ton to learn and do. We enjoyed the planetarium, but the show could have been a little better. If you GeoCache, there is one to grab right on the property out front too. The cache is monitored by the Adventure Science Center.

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 06, 2015
Rated 5.0

Kids are happy. Mission accomplished.

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  • 12 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 06, 2015
Rated 5.0

My kids say: "It's awesome!" "That was fun. It was great."
There was a lot of stuff there for them to see and do. I think we were there at least a couple hours. The kids would probably have liked to stay longer, but it was closing time.

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Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee
37203 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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