Permanent Exhibits




Enjoy and learn about Tennessee’s great outdoors! This exhibit mirrors Tennessee’s state parks, which are teeming with wildlife, towering trees, bountiful plant life, lakes, wetlands and waterfalls. More info»




Commemorate the 19th Amendment, which ratified women’s right to vote! This new pop-up exhibit from the National Archives explores the history of the women’s suffrage movement and its impact today. More info»




Featuring a larger-than-life eye, nose, tongue, ear, and hand, the 5 Senses exhibit is full of interactive displays where you can explore your senses and actively participate as a scientist as you learn how your brain computes sensory data. More info»





Packed with paint, clay, chalk, paper, cardboard, and everything in between, The Studio has all you need to bring out your inner artist! Let your imagination lead you to create your own masterpiece.





The Chill Zone, a sensory calm-down room, serves as a quiet and safe retreat within the museum for any child with a sensory processing disorder.

Supported in part by a grant from The Predators Foundation. 




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 railroad engineers, buy a ticket, and explore the 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 conveyor 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.

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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.


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Step into Nature Play filled with wonder, exploration, learning, discovery, and fun! Nature Play invites children and their families to play and connect to the natural world and provides environments that stimulate curiosity and creativity.




What better way to learn about gravity than to slide down our 2 ½ story super slide!







Tiny Town is made up of five role-play environments where children can explore how people work, live, and play together. Tiny Town features a Tiny Town Publix, Tiny Town Home Depot, Tiny Town Tennessee Pediatrics Clinic, postal center, and music store.




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!



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.