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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

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Dissection Labs

Dive In Even Deeper 


You don't need to be near the beach to investigate the cool creatures that live their lives under the sea. In these hands-on dissection labs, you can learn more about the inner workings of these creatures, including getting an up-close-and-personal look at some very unique animal adaptations. These labs are recommended for any visitors ages 6 and up. Please review the guidelines below for each level. Tools and safety gear (goggles, gloves) will be provided and must be utilized properly at all times. Please wear closed-toe shoes. 

Lab Fee Add-On Cost: $10 for members; $12.50 for not-yet-members

Each Lab Fee admits up to two guests (e.g., 2 participants or 1 participant/1 observer), and includes a single dissection specimen, lab tools and safety gear. Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Due to space restrictions, we cannot accomodate additional guests. Membership or paid admission to Adventure Science Center is required.

Please Note:

All levels require that students are able to follow instructions and stay in their seats throughout the class. Please consider the maturity and motor skills of your learner when selecting a lab experience. Any specimen encountered in our lab will be preserved specimen that are no longer living. Laboratory and dissection activities will be conducted with consideration & appreciation for the organism. Any laboratory misconduct will result in being asked to leave the lab without refund.

Upcoming Labs:

Dogfish Shark Dissections

LEVEL: Advanced

Learners should be comfortable in a dissection lab environment and capable of cutting into these larger specimen with scalpels. In this lab, we will locate, identify, & dissect external & internal parts of the shark, investigating the organ systems. Procedure will require use of scalpel, dissection scissors, probe and tweezers. 

July 25: 11am   July 28: 1pm

800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
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