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Adventure Science Center Extends Hours for Summer

Find out what's new and on deck for Adventure Science Center in Nashville.

Adventure Science Center is kicking off the summer of 2022 by giving families a little extra time to learn and have fun. The center’s updated hours are Thursday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The center has announced what they have planned as they look Beyond 75Over the next three years, more than 15,000 square feet of exhibit space at Adventure Science Center will evolve into more exciting experiences.

The unveiling of the EY Sensory Room, Sudekum Planetarium laser system upgrade and the installation of the adult changing table in March brought the first phase of significant improvements.

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What’s next for Adventure Science Center:

Spring/Summer 2022

  • Infinium Room, in collaboration with local digital art design group EAMOTION, replaces StarWalk on the second floor. This fully-immersive, permanent exhibit has mirrored walls and ceiling that reflect an interactive video floor made up of 91 panels embedded with pressure sensors that respond to your presence and movement. The vibrant and dynamic visual content is synchronized to a 360° audio soundscape for an incomparable sensory experience.
  • Expansion of General + Innovation Incubator Operating Hours, starting this Memorial Day weekend, Adventure Science Center will open its doors every Thursday – Monday morning at 9 am to give guests an additional hour to begin their adventure. The science center will remain open until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and will otherwise close at 3 p.m. Our high-tech makerspace, Innovation Incubator (i2), will also open five days a week (Thursday – Monday) starting Saturday, June 11.

Fall 2022

  • Recycle Rainforest, this completely original, temporary exhibit combines making, creating, and art with ecology and recycling/reuse. An 1800-square-foot fully recyclable/reusable “set” will simulate a rainforest environment, while an adjacent “Critter Build” area will provide guests with materials to construct rainforest-inspired creatures that can be added to the room. Educational signage and associated events will provide information about rainforest habitats, species that depend on rainforest habitats, recycling and its benefits and upcycling/reuse.
  • The Science of Climbing (working title) will replace MoonWalk on the first floor and give guests an active climbing experience while they learn about the principles of anatomy, physics, and engineering that make rock climbing possible. 

Spring/Summer 2023

  • Destination Exploration, the science center’s dedicated area for explorers ages 5 years and under, will undergo a major renovation and upgrade while maintaining the essence of hands-on discovery and play for our youngest visitors.
  • Jack Wood Hall, this private area on the first floor will be fully modernized and transformed in an effort to ensure a truly state-of-the-art rental space for professional meetings, special events, birthday parties and more.

Summer 2024

  • Health, Sports, and Human Performance (working title), Nashville has grown beyond Music City to become a global hub for cutting-edge healthcare and technology as well as a destination for premier sporting events. Looking through those lenses, HSHP will replace BodyQuest with 9,500 square feet of new exhibits that allow for in-depth exploration of human performance, the extraordinary feats our bodies are capable of and the ways in which we care for our bodies to keep them performing at their peak. 




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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.