Be a part of the national tinkering movement! Discovery Center’s Makerspace provides all the tools, technology, and materials visitors need to tinker, re-purpose, take apart, put back together or make anything they imagine. It is also a place where physical materials and digital media resources intersect; where visitors are encouraged to be curious, creative, experimental and innovative. On any given day we offer a variety of ways that you can explore, interweave and re-purpose to create, learn and try something new.
Packed with paint, clay, chalk, paper, cardboard and everything in between, Creation Station has all you need to bring out your inner artist! Let your imagination lead you to create your own masterpiece or join us for guided sessions available on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
DISCOVERING HEALTHY FAMILIES
The hands-on activities and visual displays make this exhibit fun for the entire family. Children learn about healthy choices, see if they can jump as high as a kangaroo, check their blood pressure or build the food pyramid. Parents learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes with tips from cooking together to exercising together to learning the power of colorful foods.
Discovering Healthy Families exhibit is funded in part by The HCA Foundation.
CLARK MAPLES DEPOT
Kids of all ages can put on a conductor’s hat and help run the Discovery Center trains! Future train engineers can dress up as a railroad engineer, buy a ticket, and explore the Discovery Depot. Check with the front desk for model train run times.
The train room is open for viewing during museum hours.
Who knew shopping could be so much fun… and healthy? Our Farmers Market is open daily and is packed with yummy fruits, vegetables, pastries, and grains. Grab your basket, load up the conveyer with food, and roll your picks down to our cash registers. Families can learn how many miles the average meal takes to arrive on their dinner plates and the importance of buying locally grown food.
Firefighters, get ready to take a ride on our ever-popular fire engine. Put on your hats, pull on your boots, and climb aboard our 1954 Oren Fire Truck. Visitors learn about the history of fire fighting in Murfreesboro, the importance of each piece of firefighters’ gear, as well as fire safety tips.
MEET THE BEES
This exhibit presents a glassed-in beehive that allows visitors to observe bees in their natural setting. Watch as thousands of bees travel in and out of the colony and perform a variety of jobs, including collecting pollen, making wax, capping honey, and tending to the brood. Look for the queen bee and learn how she lays close to 2,000 eggs per day!
Step into Nature Play filled with wonder, exploration, learning, discovery and fun!
Learn more about Nature Play!
What better way to learn about gravity than to slide down our 2 ½ story super slide!
Phosphorescence is “phun”! Use your whole body to explore the world of light and shadow as you freeze your shadow on a phosphorescent wall.
Turtles and fish and snakes, oh my! Discover the aquatic world in our living stream table, enjoy a visit with our live animals, dig in our fossil pit and explore the Cherokee Nation in our Tennessee Live! exhibit.
Tiny Town is made up of five role-play environments where children can explore how people work, live, and play together. Exciting changes coming to Tiny Town! Thank you Tennessee Pediatrics and Publix!
Tot Space, our first area dedicated solely to infants and crawlers, adjoins Tiny Town. Tot Space’s woodland theme provides the backdrop for a safe, soft-play environment designed for early spatial awareness, as well as coordination and balance. TOTSpace Sponsored by Children’s Dentistry of Murfreesboro. Murals by Norris Hall.
Crank, funnel, pour, squirt, measure, float! Discover the wonders of the Earth’s most abundant resource through an interactive system of pulleys, pumps, wheels and pipes that demonstrate how we manipulate the multi-functional power of water. Prepare to get wet as you learn about the many uses of water!
Enjoy our Murfree Spring boardwalk which winds around 20 acres of natural wetlands where you can explore the wonders of nature. Keep your eyes out for our river otters, blue herons and muskrats!
WINGS & WHEELS
Play on our interactive Brio Train Engine, take a trip to Coal Mountain, experience an assembly line, or engage with our ever popular Brio train table – it’s all a part of Wheels! Use wrenches, screwdrivers, and drills to rotate car tires, check oil levels, and even replace a muffler in the Nissan Super Service Center. Go back in time with displayed award-winning antique vehicles donated by Mr. Ed Delbridge, information about Tennessee’s transportation history, and hundreds of model cars. Then, you can explore the properties of air and wind, learn about Rutherford County aviation history and check out the model plane collection in Wings!
Discovery Center’s flight simulator runs for 15 minutes at certain times. Please check with the front desk for current flight times.