Take Our New Exhibits For a Spin

Three. New. Exhibits. That’s right, we’re going to have a total of three new exhibits in a three week span! The easiest to spot is our brand new Everbright light panel. Last weekend saw the installation and unveiling of our We Are Tennessee mural, and Rainforest Adventure will officially open on May 12.


While the official name is still in the works, we couldn’t wait to put this new light play exhibit on the floor. For all you 80’s & 90’s babies out there, this is the grand supreme Lite Brite. Instead of tiny little pegs that hurt when you step on them or present a choking hazard to children, this features 464ish dials that change color as you turn them. Unlike a Lite Brite, designs can be saved then recalled and displayed again using a companion app. Early response to this new exhibit has been incredibly popular and is as much fun for kids as is it the adults remembering their technicolor-filled childhoods.

We Are Tennessee

Located on the walls surrounding the upstairs elevator, We Are Tennessee is a new mural that simply feels like coming home. Designed in the style of a “Road to Tennessee” quilt, this mural is filled with depictions of what it means to be a Tennessean and cultural identity. More than 110 submissions were entered for consideration. Selected works involve paintings, photographs, poetry, and prose that highlight the unique differences and unifying characteristics of the people that call Tennessee home. The mural is chill-inducing yet comforting, humble but powerful, and the perfect mix of vibrance and nostalgia. This mural is a permanent installation, but we recommend that you come to see it as soon as you can.

Rainforest Adventure

Embark on a tropical rainforest adventure at the Discovery Center and learn all about life in a rainforest habitat! The museum’s newest traveling exhibit, Rainforest Adventure, opens May 12.

Swing like a Spider monkey, discover a rodent that weighs over a hundred pounds, and learn about a beetle that can carry over 850 times its own weight. Visitors can explore one of the least known habitats on earth in a fully interactive maze exhibit, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.

The journey begins in the highest treetops surrounded by migratory birds and radiant sunlight. In an effort to reach the forest floor, visitors answer questions about the rainforest. Incorrect answers lead to dead-ends while correct answers lead them deeper into the four layers of the rainforest: emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor.

Rainforest Adventure offers visitors an interactive experience that empowers visitors to make a difference after they learn how essential rainforests are to human health and survival, and that by caring for the rainforest they are caring for the planet.