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Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events.

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

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Policies & FAQs


We ask all guests to adhere to the following policies when visiting Adventure Science Center.


In order to provide an enjoyable experience for our guests, we ask that an adult accompany children under the age of 16 at all times. Our exhibits are designed for adults to play and learn too!


Outside food and drink is not allowed inside Adventure Science Center or its exhibition galleries (including the adventure tower). Guests can purchase food from the in-house Subway in Skyline Café on the second floor, bring a lunch to enjoy outside at the picnic tables in the lower parking lot, or go offsite for food and return, showing their receipt to gain re-admittance.


At Adventure Science Center, we want our guests to enjoy a safe, healthy environment with their extraordinary experiences in science and innovation. As a general rule of thumb, if you or your child are too sick to go to work or school, then you’re too sick to visit the museum.

Guests with the following symptoms may be asked to leave the museum but will receive passes for a return visit when healthy again: flu symptoms (headache, fever/chills, cough), lice, strep throat, contagious diseases (i.e., measles, mumps, rubella, roseola, chicken pox), conjunctivitis (a.k.a. pink eye), or other potentially viral infections.


In an effort to maintain a healthy environment for all visitors, the science center campus is tobacco-free. Tobacco use and smoking in all forms, including the use of electronic cigarettes and smoke-free oral tobacco products, is not permitted inside the facility or outside on the property, including the parking lots and picnic areas.


As authorized by T.C.A. Section 39-17-1359, except as stated below, Adventure Science Center does not permit firearms or weapons of any kind in the building, on the property, or in the parking areas. This policy includes individuals with carry permits.

Adventure Science Center authorizes designated weapons to be carried by uniformed law enforcement officers, conducting official business or on-duty plainclothes law enforcement officers conducting official business, or off-duty law enforcement officers who are required by their agencies to carry weapons at all times (such as homeland security) - these individuals must check in with the security desk upon arrival.


Upon entering the museum, you may see a posted photography notice. We often work with local media to get the word out about the many fascinating and exciting things happening here, so you may see a camera crew on your visit. We also have photographers on staff taking photos and videos for marketing purposes. If you are uncomfortable being on camera, please inform the member of our staff (designated by a lanyard and/or nametag) who is either taking the photos or accompanying the media so we can respect your wishes.

For personal photographs, please see the FAQ below.


Are you a member of the media and want to visit Adventure Science Center for public relations purposes?

Please reach out to Courtney Cotton at ccotton@adventuresci.org with a two week minimum lead time and we'll do our best to accommodate you!

Frequently asked questions:

May we leave the museum and come back?

Should you need to leave the museum temporarily for any reason, you may return the same day, provided you show your receipt to our security officer, stationed in the front lobby. For tickets purchased onsite two hours prior to close, you can bring your receipt the next day for free general admission, as part of our Twilight Special.

What is the best time of day to visit?

Weekday mornings during the school year are often a busy time with school groups visiting the museum. However, we do not allow groups to book trips on Monday mornings. Sundays are often less busy during the weekends, while afternoons during the school year (around 2 p.m.) are typically quieter times to visit.

We can’t guarantee any one day will be less busy than another will, as crowds vary depending on holidays, school vacations, weather and a number of other factors.

How accessible is the museum?

We believe science is for everyone, so we’re constantly working to increase our accessibility. Learn more about these efforts»

Do you rent strollers or wheelchairs?

We have a limited number of wheelchairs available on a first come, first serve basis at no cost. You can rent a stroller for $1 each and by leaving a photo ID with our guest services staff. The ID will be returned to you when you return the stroller. You can request a stroller or wheelchair at the guest services desk. Please return the item to guest services promptly before your departure.

Can we take pictures while we are there?

Photos and video for personal use may be taken inside the science center, with available light and electronic flash attachments. Tripods and lights may not be used. Publication or sale of photographs and videos is not allowed without science center permission.

What if I only want to see a planetarium show?

Unfortunately, we can only offer Sudekum Planetarium entry that coincides with purchase of admission. Admission & Tickets»

Are animals allowed in the museum?

Qualified service dogs, as defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA, are welcome in the museum. We ask that you please leave your pets at home.

Why aren’t there hand sanitizers around the museum?

Although using hand sanitizers may give you peace of mind, the U.S. Department of Public Health says washing your hands the proper way with soap and water is the most effective way to minimize germs. Restrooms are available on each floor. If you wish to use hand sanitizers, we recommend bringing your own.

How often do you clean?

We have a full-time housekeeping staff who clean and sanitize the elevators and hands-on experiences daily. Every evening, a cleaning crew vacuums the entire facility, cleans the restrooms and galleries, and conducts deeper cleaning projects. Our floor staff regularly wash their hands to help prevent the spread of germs, and regularly walk through the galleries to pick up areas as needed.

What happens if I lost my glasses, cell phone, jacket, etc., when I was there?

We maintain a lost and found. If you have lost an item, you may check with the Guest Services desk to see if it has been returned. Unclaimed items become the property of Adventure Science Center after 30 days.

Does the museum offer free admission for the ASTC Passport Program?

If you’re a member of an Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC) institution located more than 90 miles from Adventure Science Center – and you live more than 90 miles from ASC – you are eligible for free general admission for up to two adults and four children under 18 living in the same household. You must present your science center’s membership card, which includes the ASTC logo, along with your photo ID to receive this benefit. Click here for more information about the ASTC Passport Program»

800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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