Happy NOON Year


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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Happy Noon Year

Celebrate the New Year... before bedtime!

Normally, we would mourn the fact that Happy Noon Year has already past, but - this year - we're so happy that 2020 is behind us. Check out the details below for a look into all of the awesome fun we had ringing in 2021. 

10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on December 29, December 30, and December 31

Happy Noon Year will be spread out over three days to maximize the celebration of the end of 2020 and make sure there's plenty of room for socially-distanced fun at this wildly-popular event. While the festivities end at 1:00 pm, the museum will remain open until 3:00 pm. We'll be counting down every day at noon to say "Goodbye FOREVER!" to 2020. Skip the hassle of staying up until midnight to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your little ones and join us for an event filled with fun.

This event may reach capacity even spread out over three days, so event tickets are required for all guests and members. Purchase Happy Noon Year tickets online to guarantee your spot at the party. 

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  • NOON YEAR COUNTDOWN: Each guest will receive a noisemaker to get ready for our countdown to noon, happening all across the museum!
    • Set Fire to 2020! @ Cosmic Ray’s - 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm
      • Help us send off a particularly challenging year in style – with lots of fire! See exciting flame-filled science demonstrations and learn more about fire, as well as what gives fireworks their bright colors! 
  •  MUSEUM FLOOR ACTIVITIES: In addition to the exhibits, check out these themed activities!
    • Fireworks in a Jar: You will have a blast making these fireworks in a jar! A special combination of oil, water, and food coloring will create a mixture that will spark colorful streaks, just like the sky on New Year’s Eve.
    • Mystery Engineering: What 2020 needs is one more surprise, right? We promise this one will be worth it. Grab a mystery engineering bag and complete the building challenge inside. Once completed, draw to see what 2021 has in store for you!
    • The Year of the Ox: Join in on a fun game to get moving around and learn more about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac including the Ox in preparation for the year of the Ox: 2021!
    • Make Some Noise – Since air-horns and confetti aren’t in the cards this year, we’ve got another opportunity for a noisemaker, this one made by you from recycled materials!
  • PLANETARIUM SHOWS (Additional ticket purchase required)
    • Polaris at 11:15 am
    • Nightwatch at 12:45 pm
    • Destination Mars at 2:15 pm
  • FULL MOTION SIMULATOR (Additional ticket required.)
    • BlueMax Adjusted Hours - Open 12:30-3:00 pm