Chartered in 1986 as Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, the Discovery Center provides hands-on education opportunities for the community. An extensive grassroots campaign orchestrated by young parents led to purchasing a building and creating exhibits and programs. During its first year of operation, over 11,000 visitors came to experience the museum’s exhibits and programs. Now, 30 years after its inception, the Discovery Center serves as a vibrant community and tourism center with over 120,000 children and families exploring the exhibits each year.
Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.
Our vision is to build a community with the courage to ask thoughtful questions, the drive to find creative solutions, and the confidence to implement positive changes.
Community Impact Report
|Elisabeth Harper Rood||Vice President|
|David Mitchell||Past President|
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Elisabeth Harper Rood
Chief Executive Officer
CFO and Vice President of People & Culture
Vice President of Audience & Community Engagement
Vice President of Philanthropy
Director of Grants and Membership Development
Director of Exhibits and Facilities
Animal & Out-of-School Program Coordinator
Kalab Fulton – Educator
Kendall Jobe – Administrative & SPARK! Assistant
Stephanie Schweinberg – Custodian
Ashley Swoape – Exhibits and Facilities Assistant
Haley Worthington – Visitor Services Specialist
Parker Lampley – Visitor Services Specialist
Students, ages 9 to 18, are volunteering their time to help us plan for the future!
Youth Council Mission Statement
We are a research and advisory board composed of students dedicated to the improvement and development of the Discovery Center with innovative ideas geared towards exploration and education of all age groups with a fun, entertaining, hands-on experience for the betterment of the community.
To learn more visit the Youth Council home page.
Want a fun and rewarding job? Look no further than the Discovery Center! View our available positions below.
Summer Camp Counselors
Discovery Center staff. These include, but are not limited to, the wearing of masks at all times, social distancing, frequent hand washing, daily health screenings for those who are not vaccinated and proof of vaccine for those who are. Policies will be provided upon hire and must be adhered to.
Educator & Playologist