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Adventure Science Center

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Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203 (Formerly Cumberland Science Museum)
Phone Number:
+1 615-862-5160
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Explore 44,000 square feet of over 175 exciting hands-on science exhibits...

Explore 44,000 square feet of over 175 exciting hands-on science exhibits and activities revealing the wonders of biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, space, earth science, technology, and more.

Experience a state-of-the-art planetarium offering spectacular journeys to the stars, laser shows, and amazing full-dome films for children and adults.

Enjoy award-winning daily live science demos, labs, and science cafes presented by a talented staff of scientist educators.

Adventure Science Center is dedicated to creating learning experiences that open minds to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit center of science, learning, and exploration.

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Fun for younger children

My children were a little too old (13-14-18) to really enjoy it, but they had fun. It is geared toward very young children, who I think would really enjoy the center.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Better suited for younger children but we enjoyed our visit. We were there for 5 hours. We watched two movies. Purchase tickets in advance.

Thank casualtraveler407
Wichita Falls, Texas
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a really fun day at the Science Center with our 3, 4 and 5 year old grandsons. The activities were varied and numerous so all had a good time. It would be good to have them dressed in neon shirts, since a child can easily be lost in the shuffle at times. There are plenty of activities for... More 

Thank Carol S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with 2 grandchildren ages 4 and 9. Both loved it! There were plenty of exhibits for each age and for both. Purchased tickets for planetarium show (additional cost) and enjoyed a cartoon presentation. Ate lunch at Subway cafe in Science Center and had a good meal at a reasonable price. Visited gift shop at end of day, small but... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have only been once, and it was for a way late play date and I had a blast! The way late play date is a special event that only happens once every few months but they open their doors after hours and have it set up as a theme. I went and it was Doctor Who themed. Though I... More 

1 Thank luv2travel61586
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48 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought we would love this place, and I suppose it has nice displays and topics but I dislike how loud it is. When schools bring kids in they have little to no structure and the kids just run and shout. It's unpleasant and stressful and I really don't want to go back. It's clean enough but there isn't as... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is AWESOME. The day we went it was really busy, so we didn't get to enjoy the activities for as long as we'd like to (because we are polite and let others have turns). I would definitely return - my 8 year old daughter was in heaven!! The museum is so well thought out with the perfect mix... More 

Thank alyssa s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Science and Children's Museums all over and this one ranks right up with the best. We went during the Christmas holiday so we expected a crowd and there was a bit of a wait to get tickets. However, the line moved quickly and our attendant was very helpful with our questions. The exhibits are highly interactive and... More 

Thank 123Dar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for kids of all ages as well as the adults taking them. The current train exhibit is wonderful! Wish it opened at 9am instead of 10 am. Well worth the price of admission. If you live locally, might as well get a family membership and go often. Educational and fun!

Thank travelprincess2
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My children were a little too old (13-14-18) to really enjoy it, but they had fun. It is geared toward very young children, who I think would really enjoy the center.

Thank crothste
Franklin, Tennessee
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180 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the pleasure to attend a corporate event at the Adventure Science Center this year and it was really fun. The staff was very attentive and we got to be big kids for a while. Flight simulator, Planetarium etc... We all had a blast. I am planning n going back with my childrens. This is a state of the... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee

I have a couple of questions about the blue max simulator. Is it just a flight simulator or can it be a roller coaster simulator? If it can be a roller coaster simulator, can the passengers program the roller coaster? When it is a flight simulator, what activities can people do on it? Is the flight simulator just a combat simulator or is it a simulator where you just get to fly a plane? How much does it cost for two people? How much does it cost for one person? How long does the simulator last for? Are the joysticks on both sides of the seats, or are they on one side? How comfortable is the seat that the passengers sit in? How comfortable is the over the shoulder harness that is used to secure the passengers? How tight can the over the shoulder harness be? Can the restraints be as tight as the passengers want it? When do you choose what mode you want the simulator to be in? How much will my body move while the simulator is in motion? Where should my arms and legs be while the staff is strapping the passengers in? How popular is the simulator? Can the passengers hold on to the over the should harness? Can the passengers hold hands while the simulator is in motion? On the roller coaster setting of the simulator, can the passengers set the intensity, or is it set at a certain intensity? Is the flight simulator or roller coaster mode more popular? How much of my body will move that is inside the restraints? Do you enjoy the flight simulator or roller coaster more? How do you operate the joysticks? Should my head be against the seat or is it free to move? Should I try to keep my legs on the ground or are they free to move? How many forces are on my body during the ride? How intense are the forces on the body? If you could answer my questions I would be very happy. Thanks, Blackhole6670.

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