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April 24, 2024

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Climb to the Ceiling of Adventure Science Center in New Exhibit

Climbers will ascend up to 26 feet in front of a large bay of floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the science center's epic view of downtown Nashville.

There’s a new addition coming to Adventure Science Center this October! The center will unveil its brand-new permanent exhibit, Adventure Gallery — which includes eight unique climbing elements making up a dynamic and accessible challenge for all ages called the Kinetic Climber — beginning Oct 1, 2022.   

Adventure Gallery will replace what is currently known as Testbed on the first floor of the science center. Inside the 1,300-square-foot gallery, guests will learn about the creative engineering that enables extraordinary feats like climbing the highest mountains and exploring the deepest oceans, as well as awesome activities from airplanes and roller coasters to skydiving and rock climbing. 

The climber will be installed by renowned climbing wall manufacturer, Eldorado Climbing, and will allow for 12 climbers of all ages and a wide range of abilities to enjoy 15 minutes’ worth of exciting challenges from rotating pegs and swaying poles to a tipping ladder with missing steps — all while learning about the principles of anatomy, physics and engineering. Climbers will ascend up to 26 feet in front of a large bay of floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the science center’s epic view of downtown Nashville.

A local artist was commissioned to paint a topography-inspired mural that will be unveiled when Adventure Gallery opens to the public in mid-October. Along this wall will be six new hands-on stations at which guests can explore the deep connections between engineering and adventuring.  For instance, across the way at the Kinetic Climber, a state-of-the-art magnetic belay system will be used to enable guests to safely climb whether they are an expert or a novice. 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.