Adventure Tower


Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D printing workshops, summer camps and more!

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 We are open Thursdays - Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., allowing limited guests enter the museum per hour. We strongly encourage buying your tickets in advance.
We will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Adventure Tower


More than 75 feet tall with an observation deck and breathtaking views of the city...

Crawl through a beating heart. Generate power by pedaling a bicycle. Play with your shadow. Climb through the roof to see a spectacular view of downtown Nashville.

The Adventure Tower is packed with science, music, and larger-than-life fun for kids and adults! 

Enjoy hands-on, educational, science activities exploring Earth Science; Creativity and Innovation; Sound and Light; Air and Space; Health; and Energy, all designed to ignite your curiosity and bring science to life! 

earth_icon EARTH SCIENCE

Have you ever wanted to climb to the top of the world? Enter the giant 14-foot diameter globe at the top of our Adventure Tower to see the world from a new perspective. 

Peek through our binoculars to get a stunning bird's-eye view of the Nashville skyline.


Analyze shapes and motion and create your own imaginative inventions. 

Wheel & Axle

Get those gears turning while exploring how a wheel and axle work together to make things move!

Tessellation Wall

Use your imagination to rearrange geometric shapes to create new and unique patterns of color.

Hanging Mobile

Create a work of art that moves and changes in this unusual sculptural design studio.


soundlight_icon SOUND & LIGHT

Along with sound, what makes plucking a guitar string music to our ears? Why does one piano key sound different from the next? How can you see around a corner? These mysteries and more come to light in this area of the Adventure Tower.

Walk-In Guitar

Stand inside the body of a giant guitar, pluck the strings, and FEEL the vibration. Where else but in Music City, USA, could you experience something like this?

Walk-On Piano

Use your feet to compose a song as you dance across the giant keys of a piano. Test your skills as a songwriter here and you can go home with the knowledge that you've "played Nashville."

Shadow Wall

Strike a pose and freeze your shadow in time on the creepy-cool glow-in-the-dark wall.  How does it work?


Take a tour of the mysteries of the universe and the physics of flight. Experiment with objects and force, gravity, airflow, and more in this galaxy of fun and learning.



Future medical students, get out your stethoscopes and begin your careers here as you explore the wonders of the human body and learn how to keep it in good working condition.

Heart Crawl

Climb through an oversized replica of the human heart as following the path of the blood in your body. Crawl through the four chambers and valves as you listen to the heart beating around you.

Skin Climbing Wall

It's kind of gross and totally fascinating--climb along a cross-section of skin using hair follicles, sweat glands, and touch receptors as hand and footholds.

Vertebrae Ladder

Learn the structure of the spine as you climb up this ladder of bones and cartilage to the Health level of the Adventure Tower. 


energy_icon ENERGY

Have you ever been to a place where you can lift an elevator by pedaling a bicycle? Make an object move without actually touching it? Or elevate a car off the ground with ease? Sound like magic? It’s not. Here, you’re more Einstein than Copperfield. 


Crank the wheel as fast as you can to power a generator and raise our “Televator” to the next level.


Your challenge here is to lift a real car off the ground all by yourself. The fact is, you can do it without even breaking a sweat using a simple lever.

Solar Whirligigs

See if you can make them move without ever touching them. Aim a beam of light onto the solar panels of these light-powered whirligigs and watch them dance!

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