Adventure Science Center detailed cleaning schedule

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE

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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Current Details

Welcome back to the Adventure Science Center!

*Important Updates: Masks Required for Visitors 3 Years Old+*

In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our employees and guests, we have made the decision as a private entity to require masks for all guests aged 3 and older with no exceptions. If you are an adult who is unable to wear a mask at this time, we ask that you refrain from visiting the museum until surrounding conditions have improved. Face shields are not a viable alternative. We appreciate your understanding.

For more details regarding the COVID-19 situation in Nashville, please visit asafenashville.org

On this page, you will find everything you need to know regarding:

But, first, here is a welcome back message from Dr. Alex Jahangir, Adventure Science Center Board Chair and Chair of Nashville's COVID-19 task force.

A Special Welcome Back from Dr. Alex Jahangir

Hours of Operation

We are open Thursdays - Mondays from 10am to 3pm, Saturdays until 6pm, and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Timed-Entry Tickets

In order to adhere to local and federal best practices, we will be reopening at 50% capacity and limiting the number of guests entering per hour. While we still welcome walk-up ticket buyers, purchasing admission in advance is the best way to ensure you and your family will have access to the museum. 

Non-Members

General Admission Tickets Full Motion Simulator Tickets Laser + Planetarium Tickets

Members

*General Admission TicketsLaser + Planetarium Tickets

*Follow the GA ticket link, then sign in or register at the top right corner of the page. Use the email address associated with your membership and your discount will be automatically applied.

General admission discounts are currently unavailable as we recover from the significant financial impacts of COVID-19. We appreciate you're understanding!

Cleaning Procedures

Using guidance from local, state, and federal public health officials, we have implemented updated preventative safety measures to ensure that you and your children are safe and can focus on a fun learning experience. Below is an overview of our protocols:

  • All employees and guests 3-years+ will be required to wear a cloth mask with no exceptions. 
  • All members and guests are strongly encouraged to reserve admission tickets online. Admission will move to a timed entry model with limited capacity each hour. Walk-ups may be turned away without pre-registration. Click here for admission and ticket info >>
  • Numerous hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipe stations will be available to guests throughout the museum.
  • Planetarium shows will be available with reduced seating to allow for social distancing between groups. Masks will be required while in the Planetarium. Click here to view showtimes >> 
  • Signage throughout the building and verbal announcements will encourage guests to practice social distancing and hand washing. We ask that you respect other guests' space by remaining at a distance of six feet. 
  • Plexiglass shields will be placed at all active service counters.
  • Employees will disinfect service counters throughout the day.
  • Exhibits and public spaces will be disinfected before the museum opens each day and throughout operating hours with hard surface disinfectant and a bleach solution. 
  • We have upgraded our air filtration system. 
  • Subway will clean tables and chairs as soon as they are cleared. There will be no self-service drink or frozen yogurt available, but a Subway team member will be happy to assist you. 
  • We ask that all families monitor temperatures at home before coming to the museum when at all possible. If your temperature is above 100.4 or you are feeling unwell, please stay home.

Detailed schedule of cleaning:

Hand sanitizer station locations (16 total):

  • soundBox (1); Body Quest (2); Eureka Theatre (1); Destination Exploration (1); Tinker 2.0 (1); Light Bright (1); Lobby (3); Jack Wood Hall (1); Space Chase 1st Floor (2); Space Chase 2nd Floor (2); Nano (1). 

Disinfectant wipe station locations (10 total):

  • soundBox (1); Body Quest (2); Destination Exploration (1); Tinker 2.0 (2); Space Chase 1st floor (2); Space Chase 2nd floor (1); Virtual Reality (1)

 
Daily disinfectant cleaning schedule:
8 - 10 a.m. - Entire Museum using disinfectant sprayer
12 - 3 p.m. - Roaming gallery wipe down using disinfectant wipes
 
Ongoing daily cleaning upon opening to the public:
  • Eureka Theatre, Benson Lab, Green, Yellow and Blue classrooms will be disinfected after each use.
  • Sudekum Planetarium seats will be disinfected after each show with a bleach solution.
  • Innovation Incubator (i2) tables and chairs will be disinfected after each use.
  • Full Motion Simulator and Moonwalk will be disinfected after each use.
  • Live Science shows at Cosmic Rays tables and chairs will be disinfected after each show. 
  • Service counters and gift shop countertops and plexiglass shields will be disinfected throughout the day.

Procedures subject to change based on guidelines from the CDC and Metropolitan of Nashville Health Department.

Upcoming Activities & Events 

All Aboard for Trains 

Our trains are back in their stations located on the first floor of the museum. You'll be amazed by the intricate trains and surrounding atmosphere while trying to find hidden surprises from dinosaurs to a DeLorean and more! Access to All Aboard for Trains is included in the price of your general admission ticket. 

All-New Planetarium Show Destination Mars: The New Frontier

We have debuted a new planetarium show - Destination Mars: The New Frontier. Get an up-close look at humanity's most epic endeavor and learn about the rockets and other vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon all the way to the Red Planet.

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Polaris returned to the Sudekum Planetarium on Saturday, November 28th and we have added two pajama parties to the mix. Yes, you're encouraged to wear your comfies, sit back, relax, and take a journey with polar pals James and Vladimir! Designated shows will conclude with a liquid nitrogen marshmallow demo and hot cocoa. 

  • Pajama Parties - December 14th & 21st at 10:30 am
  • Regular Showtimes - Thursday - Monday at 11:45 am

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Live Science Shows 

  • 11am & 1pm – Live Science Show - Cosmic Ray’s Stage 
    • On Mondays, 11am show will be replaced by Early Explorers (see below)

Innovation Incubator (Maker Space)
Open 11am - 4pm on Saturday (Last entry at 3pm) and Sunday 10am - 2pm (Last entry at 1pm).
Temporarily closed Thursday, Friday, and Monday.

  • Capacity will be temporarily limited to 10 makers at a time
  • An adjusted entrance flow encourages guests to thoroughly wash hands before creating
  • Maker demonstrations will be available for guests who prefer hands-off fun 

Facilitated Exhibits

  • Moonwalk - Open 10am - 3pm (6pm on Saturdays)
  • Full Motion Simulator - Open 10am - 3pm (6pm on Saturdays)
    • Timed tickets are available for purchase at the front desk. In order to sanitize between guests, time slots have been reduced to every 15 minutes. 

Temporarily Closed/Suspended 

  • Virtual Reality 
  • Adventure Tower (top floor only)
  • Star Walk in Space Chase
  • Weekday access to I2 Maker Space 

Weekly
Early Explorers
- Mondays at 11:00am - Cosmic Ray's Stage

  • January 11th Story - Rory the Dinosaur, Me and My Dad
    • Acitivity: 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!
  • January 18th Story - 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.
  • January 25th Story - Digging Up Dinosaurs