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MOM REPORT: soundBox Explores the Science of Sound

Nashville Parent Mom Reporter takes her twin boys to Adventure Science Center to check out the new permanent exhibit.


WHO: Karen (Mom), Grayson & Riley (8 year old twins)
WHAT: soundBox at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville)
WHEN: Permanent exhibit. Museum hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
ADMISSION: $18 adults, $14 ages 2 – 12
INFO: 615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org 

Recently my family visited the Adventure Science Center to explore its new permanent exhibit, soundBox. We had really high expectations for this exhibit since the Adventure Science Center is located right in the heart of Music City!

Our visit took place on a Sunday, so the center was incredibly busy. However, even with the large number of people visiting we were able to completely immerse ourselves in the exhibit. soundBox allows everyone the hands-on opportunity to engage in the science of music and sound.

There are more than a dozen interactive and virtual experiences to appeal to every member of your family. Some of our favorites included the ability to see the sound waves your own voice makes; an interactive experience that allows you to become a Nashville Symphony conductor; and a virtual reality type experience that lets you become part of a band and play virtual instruments.

The Twin Men really enjoyed playing in the band and picking various instruments to “play." They went back to that specific area several times and we literally had to drag them away! There are also two “recording studios” which I found very interesting, and it really helped to invoke a true idea of being a recording artist.

My husband’s favorite display was showing how beatbox noises are produced. It really is incredible what the human body is capable of! Whether you are a music lover or have one in your family, I really encourage you to make the trip to check out soundBox. I recommend visiting during the week to avoid large crowds, but as I previously said, even with the crowd we were able to have a fantastic time at soundBox!

There is a cafeteria located on the second floor of the center as well as an outdoor pavilion for picnic lunches located across the street. Parking is available in front of the center as well as across the street. Handicap accessible parking is also available, as well as elevators inside the building.

About the Author

Karen Finchum

Karen Finchum is a local mom who loves going on outings with her "twin men," Riley and Grayson.