Early Explorers


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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Early Explorers


Introduce your preschooler to the wonders of science!

Join us Monday mornings for Early Explorers! Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy all the exhibits, see a special preschool planetarium show, and attend story time with our staff. Plus, you have the chance to meet other parents, arrange a play date, or just enjoy having a special time for your curious little one!

January is all about dinosaurs:

1/4/21: If the Dinosaurs Came Back
Activity: Make your own pet dinosaur that actually chomps!

1/11/21: Rory the Dinosaur, Me and My Dad
Activity: Lead your dinosaur on an adventure through different terrains in this sensory science activity. Your dinosaur will trek through sand, snow, mud, and tall grass to get to their destination!

1/18/21: How Big Were the Dinosaurs
Activity: Create craters in sand using different sized objects to see how meteors can have a major impact on the earth.

1/25/21: Digging up Dinosaurs
Activity: Help our scientists excavate fossils! Make dinosaur fossils by imprinting figurines in clay. 

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10 AM

Exploration time
All exhibits

10:30 AM

Planetarium show
Sudekum Planetarium

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11 AM

Story time
Destination Exploration

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