COVID NOTE: Officially re-opened June 18th. New hours of operation are Thursdays – Mondays, from 10am – 3pm and CLOSED on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Museum will be open at 50% capacity, allowing up to 150 guests per hour.
FACE MASKS: Face coverings required for all guests over the age of 12.
Although pre-purchased tickets are not required, it is recommended in order to guarantee entry when you arrive. You may purchase your tickets on the Adventure Science Center’s website, which you can find a link for below under Family Fun Facts.
Please see the info below from ASC regarding their cleaning procedures, live shows, and exhibit availability:
Using guidance from local, state, and federal public health officials, we have implemented updated preventative safety measures to ensure that you and your children are safe and can focus on a fun learning experience. Below is an overview of our protocols:
All employees will be required to wear a cloth mask. While masks for guests are not required, we strongly urge you to wear them whenever possible, especially in areas where other guests are present.
All members and guests are strongly encouraged to reserve admission tickets online. Admission will move to a timed entry model with limited capacity each hour. Walk-ups may be turned away without pre-registration. Click here for admission and ticket info >>
Numerous hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipe stations will be available to guests throughout the museum.
Planetarium shows will be available with reduced seating to allow for social distancing between groups. Click here to view showtimes >>
Signage throughout the building and verbal announcements will encourage guests to practice social distancing and hand washing. While social distancing is not required, we ask that you respect other guests’ space by remaining at a distance of six feet.
Plexiglass shields will be placed at all active service counters.
Employees will disinfect service counters every hour.
Exhibits and public spaces will be disinfected during operating hours and at the end of every day with hard surface disinfecting wipes and bleach.
Subway will clean tables and chairs as soon as they are cleared. There will be no self-service drink or frozen yogurt available, but a Subway team member will be happy to assist you.
We ask that all families monitor temperatures at home before coming to the museum when at all possible. If your temperature is above 100.4 or you are feeling unwell, please stay home.
Detailed schedule of cleaning (as of June 2020):
Prior to public opening:
All museum staff will be trained on cleaning and guest safety.
The entire museum will be thoroughly disinfected.
Public hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations will be installed.
Hand sanitizer station locations (16 total):
soundBox (1); Body Quest (2); Eureka Theatre (1); Destination Exploration (1); Tinker 2.0 (1); Light Bright (1); Lobby (3); Jack Wood Hall (1); Space Chase 1st Floor (2); Space Chase 2nd Floor (2); Nano (1).
Disinfectant wipe station locations (10 total):
soundBox (1); Body Quest (2); Destination Exploration (1); Tinker 2.0 (2); Space Chase 1st floor (2); Space Chase 2nd floor (1); Virtual Reality (1)
Click here for details floor maps that identify cleaning stations >>
Daily disinfectant cleaning schedule upon opening to the public:
9 – 10 a.m. – Main lobby and gift shop
11 – 11:30 a.m. – Space Chase (2nd floor)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – soundBox
12 – 12:30 p.m. – Tinker 2.0 and nearby interactive experiences
1 – 1:30 p.m. – Destination Exploration
1:30 – 2 p.m. – Virtual Reality and nearby interactive experiences
2 – 2:30 p.m. – Body Quest
2:30 – 3 p.m. – Space Chase (1st floor)
3 – 5 p.m. – Entire museum
Ongoing daily cleaning upon opening to the public:
Eureka Theatre, Benson Lab, Green, Yellow and Blue classrooms will be disinfected after each use
Sudekum Planetarium seats will be disinfected after each show
Innovation Incubator (i2) tables and chairs will be disinfected after each use
Blue Max and Moonwalk will be disinfected after each use
Live Science shows at Cosmic Rays tables and chairs will be disinfected after each show
Service counters and gift shop counter tops and plexiglass shields will be disinfected at least every hour
Procedures subject to change based on guidelines from the CDC and Metropolitan of Nashville Health Department.
Upcoming Activities & Events
Live Science Shows
11am & 1pm – Chemistry Shows – Cosmic Ray’s Stage On Mondays, 11am show will be replaced by Early Explorers (see below)
3pm – Liquid Nitrogen Cloud – Outside on Front SidewalkAfter a full day of discovery, we will make announcements to encourage guests to migrate outside for a special demonstration!
Innovation Incubator (Maker Space)
Open 10am – 2pm (Last entry at 2pm)
Capacity will be temporarily limited to 10 makers at a time
An adjusted entrance flow encourages guests to thoroughly wash hands before creating
Maker demonstrations will be available for guests who prefer hands-off fun
Moonwalk – Open 10am – 3pm
BlueMax – Open 10am – 3pm Timed tickets available for purchase at front desk. In order to sanitize between guests, time slots have been reduced to every 15 minutes.
VR and EVA are temporarily closed
Early Explorers – Mondays at 11:00am – In Destination Exploration
Explore Nashville’s Largest Children’s Museum
The Adventure Science Center in Nashville is a three and a half story building filled with fun for all members of the family.
The Center has five main exhibits, Space Chase, Body Quest, Bluemax, Adventure Tower and Mission Possible. There is also an exhibit hall that changes periodically.
Last but not least is the Sudekum Planetarium which has various shows that change with the day of the week so be sure to check the Planetarium show times before heading out.
Climb the Adventure Tower
Taking each of the main exhibit areas in turn starting with the main hall and the Adventure Tower you will find a massive three and half story climbing frame. Everything about the tower is designed to be fun for the family and educational all at the same time.
To name just a few things, there is the small foot powered music keyboard, the climb in guitar, climbing frames, tunnels, slides and for those not wanting to brave the smaller climbing frames, narrow staircases in the climbing frame that will get you to the third floor.
If you are really not the adventurous type, there is an elevator as well on the right hand side as you enter the main exhibit hall.
To reach the top you will need to bend and twist in what can be a fairly humorous affair. The very top of the building includes a dome you can look out at downtown Nashville. There is even a free pair of binoculars for a better view.
And just in case you don’t use the elevator, be sure to check out the Bee Hive located around the corner from the Adventure Tower on the third floor.
Learn About the Human Body in Body Quest
Body Quest covers 9,000 square feet and as the name suggests is all about the human body, in a great family fun setting. This is not your stuffy traditional museum exhibit. This is an area to explore and interact with the exhibits.
Our favorite by far is the water table. Even the adult in me calls it a water table rather than what it is designed to represent, the pumping of blood and its contents around the body. Sounds a little off putting when put like that, hence water table. It’s fun for all ages as you get to build dams, direct water, block channels and float balls from the top to the bottom and see how it interacts with the path you created.
There are lots of other items to see and explore including the brain challenge game where two people control a ball with their minds. Another big hit with my kiddos is the germs vs. healthy habits laser shooting game!
An Area Just for Preschoolers
The toddler/preschool space has recently been updated and it’s pretty fantastic! There’s a train for little ones to climb in, tables with magnatiles, block tables, a picture bookshelf and lots more!
Blue Max Flight Simulator
Blue Max is a flight simulator for two people. It looks very similar to other indoor flight simulators you have probably seen at similar attractions.
The Nano exhibit is the smallest exhibit at the Adventure Science Center, but still lots of fun. Kids can learn about the micro building blocks that matter is made of and interact with those nano sized bits in a big way!
Explore the Universe
On the second floor near the Planetarium there is a multi-player multimedia game about the Universe. This area also doubles as a stage for live science experiments. There are also live science demonstrations going on throughout the Center, at various times of the day. Just listen for the Sci-Bites announcement over the speaker system and head to where they tell you.
Space Chase is all about the simulated moonwalk experience, however if that is all you do while you are there, you will miss out on a number of other family fun interactive exhibits.
So by all means, gear up and go for reduced weight stroll, but remember to check out the “Star room”, the space trivia game on the second floor, and various machines that will launch things into the air. As mentioned earlier this is also where you will find the Sudekum Planetarium.
Bring Snacks or Buy Lunch at Subway
In the event you and the family are hungry while visiting the Adventure Science Center, there is a full Subway restaurant on the second floor and the prices are very similar if not the same as a non-attraction based location. Not to mention that you get to gaze out of the floor to ceiling windows at the beautiful Nashville skyline while you eat!
The catch, and there are two, you have to get little ones past the roaring dinosaur exhibit and once inside, you have to consume the food in the restaurant. You cannot bring food or drink back into the exhibit halls. You can bring snacks from home to enjoy as well.
If you prefer you can leave the center to find food elsewhere, be sure to get hand-stamps for everyone in your party, and then return to continue your family fun.
Family Fun Facts
Adventure Science Center
Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203
Families and individuals that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, WIC) and the Families First/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program are eligible for a subsidized membership. Must purchase in person with photo ID and proof of assistance such as SNAP or WIC electronic benefits transfer (EBT) Card or TANF enrollment certification letter.
Admits 1 or 2 adults and all children in the household or all grandchildren under the age of 18.
Add caregiver: Additional $30 – Allows one unnamed adult to accompany your child(ren) under your membership when you aren’t present.
Crystal was born and raised, and now raising a family of her own in Middle Tennessee. She currently lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Glenn, and their three children; Hunter, Grayson, and Hailey. They are an unschooling family, meaning they spend lots and lots of time out and about exploring all that this area has to offer!