We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 315 E Main St, Johnson City, TN 37601-5709
Phone Number:
+1 423-434-4263
Website
Today
13:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Description:

Interactive exhibits, programs, and events to stimulate discovery, thought,...

Interactive exhibits, programs, and events to stimulate discovery, thought, and understanding.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 106 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Had a blast with 4 year olds

Was here with my 4 year old niece for her birthday party and a bunch of her day care friends. My wife and daughter also came. They did an excellent hosting this birthday party... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 August 2015
millerman2brian
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 106: English reviews
Bristol, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Took my daughter along with two of her friends and my 1 year old. Cost to enter the "non-profit" museum was over $32. This is the same museum I went to when I was a kid and it has gone way downhill. Several of the "exhibits" were closed (the others had not changed or been updated since i was a... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank MadelaineGlass826
Level Contributor
141 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Little ones love this place, but my teenage kids have a blast here too! They can be silly and relive being a carefree kid again. There is so much to do and learn! I am very impressed with all the fun hands on learning opportunities here! Great place for play dates, field trips, family outings, etc. Even adults can have... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lisa F
Hands O, Manager at Hands On! Regional Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We are so happy that all of you enjoyed the museum and being a "kid again"! More 

Level Contributor
97 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Was here with my 4 year old niece for her birthday party and a bunch of her day care friends. My wife and daughter also came. They did an excellent hosting this birthday party. Out in the Museum all the experimental things that are "hands on" are great for the kids and adults. I believe the parents along with the... More 

Helpful?
Thank millerman2brian
Hands O, Manager at Hands On! Regional Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review about Hands On! We are so glad that your niece and her friends and family all had a great time. Please let us know which items were not working properly so we can get them fixed and back in action! You can email us at handson(at)handsonmuseum.org Thanks!! More 

Tuckerton, New Jersey
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

My parents and I took my 5 year old grandson and my 2 year old granddaughter here today. We paid $29 for 3 adults to walk through what we thought was more of a museum but instead was more of an out of date, run down, un-clean indoor play park. Many of the "exhibits" did not work which caused the... More 

Helpful?
Thank JerseyPearl1
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Level Contributor
119 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

Located downtown Johnson City TN this Museum offers interactive things for young children that keep them entertained.

Helpful?
Thank surge55
Hands O, Public Relations Manager at Hands On! Regional Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review! More 

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Level Contributor
47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

We visited the Hands-On Museum three years ago and were pleased with the cleanliness and value at that time. However, we visited again this July and were disappointed at the tired look of the exhibits, how so many were out of order or not functioning properly, and at the general lack of interested exhibits. My children are 5 and 3,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Morgan M
Monroe, Michigan
Level Contributor
110 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

If you have a child and are looking for something to do especially if the weather is either too hot / cold or raining out, this is the destination to head for. With two levels of activities and exhibits for the kids to explore and burn off energy, it is a great place to spend a few hours . .... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank SCTHer
Hands O, Manager at Hands On! Regional Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we are happy that your grandchildren enjoy visiting! More 

Asheville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

As a family we have visited this museum several times. Unfortunately the entrance fee far exceeds the reality of what the museum has to offer. They try hard to bring interesting exhibits, but seem not to care about the overall upkeep of the permanent installments. They certainly charge enough money to visit which could help to fix up the exhibits... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank NCMomma_11
Hands O, Manager at Hands On! Regional Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your recent visit and we are in the midst of changing several exhibits. I'm sure you noticed the new Physics Lab and WKID-TV studio, as well as changes to the Art Studio and we have other new exhibits in the works. Please let us know if there were any specific exhibits that... More 

Johnson City, Tennessee
Level Contributor
34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

This is a very unique location and is nice for Johnson City. It has a lot of stuff for kids but absolutely nothing for older or college aged students. I wish that they would say so when purchasing tickets. Great place for kids tho.

Helpful?
Thank Tyler C
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2015

This is great for keeping kids or multiple ages entertained. We visited with kids that ranged from 5 to 9 years old and they all had fun. Some of the exhibits are a little tired and the lower level is pretty dark, but overall, I think it's a good place for kids to play and explore for a couple hours.... More 

Helpful?
Thank RVAexplorers

Travellers who viewed Hands On! Regional Museum also viewed

 

Been to Hands On! Regional Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hands On! Regional Museum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Johnson City, Tennessee
over a year ago
Johnson City, Tennessee
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Hands On! Regional Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?