Adventure Science Center detailed cleaning schedule

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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.

Guest health and safety is paramount to Adventure Science Center. Recently, we invested in technology to assist us in keeping the air and surfaces in the museum clean through an automated system, Puradigm, installed within our HVAC. The system adds both an extra layer of filtration and emits particles that neutralize viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungus in the air and on surfaces.

Puradigm®️ is the only pathogen management system of its kind to have been lab-tested for efficacy against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.*

  • 94% reduction after 60 minutes.
  • 98% reduction after 4 hours.
  • Undetectable after 24 hours. 

*The study was carried out independently by the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Biosafety Level 3 laboratory. 


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 

Tinkering Garage - Now Open! 

Step into Nashville's ultimate DIY-workshop! We'll provide the space and the resources and let your imaginations take it from there. We're talking REAL tools, REAL materials, and the freedom to innovate and explore a wide range of gadgets and contraptions. This family-friendly experience celebrates the entire design process from brainstorming to building, to testing and evaluating, and offers custom experiences for inventors at any age. Let your inner hacker-maker-tinkerer-inventor-designer out! >> Click here for more details. 

Facilitated Exhibits

  • Moonwalk - Open 10am - 3pm and 6pm on Saturdays (currently closed for maintenance)
  • 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 
  • MoonWalk (closed for maintenance)
  • Adventure Tower (top floor only)
  • Bees (Keeper's Corner is still accessible, but there is not an active beehive at this time)
  • Thursday and Monday access to I2 Maker Space 

Weekly Live Science Shows 

  • 12:30 pm on weekdays - Cosmic Rays
  • 11:45 am & 1:45 pm on weekends - Cosmic Rays

Innovation Incubator (Maker Space)

Open Friday 10am - 2pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm (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 

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

Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy all the exhibits, attend story time with our staff, and participate in a fun, learning activity. 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! 

April's theme is all about going ... and staying ... green! 

  • April 5 Story - Where Does the Garbage Go?
    Author:
     Paul Showers, Illustrated by Randy Chewning
    Activity: 
    Early Explorers will learn about the garbage and recycling streams. They will be able to sort garbage, recycling, and compost into the appropriate bins and learn about how they can make little changes at home to make a big difference in the world.
     
  • April 12 Story - How Groundhog's Garden Grew
    Author: 
    Lynne Cherry
    Activity: 
    Early Explorers will learn about all parts of plants including roots, stems, flowers, and fruits in an interactive song and dance. They will get to plant their very own seed!
     
  • April 19 Story - I am Earth
    Author: 
    Rebecca and James McDonald
    Activity: 
    Early Explorers will make their own chromatography Earth. They will then be able to decorate the earth with all of their favorite things like trees, water, air, animals, and so much more!
     
  • April 26 Story - What if Everybody Did That?
    Author:
     Ellen Javernick, Illustrated by Colleen M. Madden
    Activity: 
    Early Explorer will learn that working together is better than working alone! They will have the chance to collaborate with one another in order to complete their tasks and they may even make a new friend in the process!

May's theme is all about the human body and the medicines that help keep it strong! 

  • May 3, 2021 Story The Skeleton Inside You
    Author/Illustrator: Philip Balestrino / True Kelley
    Activity: Early Explorers will learn about the bones in their body as they construct a skeleton out of Q-tips.
  • May 10, 2021 Story My Five Senses
    Author/Illustrator: 
    Aliki
    Activity: 
    Early Explorers will learn which body parts are responsible for the 5 senses. They will color an engaging worksheet in which they will choose their favorite smells, sounds, textures, tastes, and sights.
     
  • May 17, 2021 Story - Parts
    Author/Illustrator: 
    Tedd Arnold
    Activity: 
    Early Explorers will learn that the human body can produce some pretty gross stuff! Boogers, sweat, hair; why does this stuff come out of our body?! They will make slime that resembles boogers.
  • May 24, 2021 Story - What Happens to a Hamburger
    Author/Illustrator: 
    Paul Showers / Edward Miller
    Activity: 
    Early Explorers will learn about the parts of the digestive system by making a model digestive system that they can wear! From the esophagus to the stomach to the intestines and beyond....
  • May 31, 2021 Story - Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn
    Author/Illustrator: 
    Melvin Berger / Paul Meisel
    Activity: 
    Early Explorers will learn about the reflexes of the human body. They will have the opportunity to construct a robotic grabber made of cardboard as they explore the medical advancements in robotic limbs.

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