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 150 guests 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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Reopening Details

Welcome back to the Adventure Science Center!

*Important Updates: Masks Required for Visitors 13 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 13 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 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 allowing up to 150 guests 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 will be required to wear a cloth mask. This does not apply to children 12 years old and younger. For more information regarding Public Health Order 8, please click here >>
  • 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 every hour.
  • Exhibits and public spaces will be disinfected during operating hours and at the end of every day with hard surface disinfecting wipes and bleach. 
  • 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 upon opening to the public:
9 - 10 a.m. - Main lobby and gift shop
11 - 11:30 a.m. - Space Chase (2nd floor)
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - soundBox 
12 - 12:30 p.m. - Tinker 2.0 and nearby interactive experiences
1 - 1:30 p.m. - Destination Exploration
1:30 - 2 p.m. - Virtual Reality and nearby interactive experiences
2 - 2:30 p.m. - Body Quest
2:30 - 3 p.m. - Space Chase (1st floor)
3 - 5 p.m. – Entire museum
 
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
  • 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 at least every hour

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

Upcoming Activities & Events 

Astronomy Day - Saturday, September 26 from 10am to 2pm

Celebrate National Astronomy Day at Adventure Science Center. We'll havea a brand new live science show at 11am, the premiere of Big Astronomy in the Sudekum Planetarium at 11:45am, a special presentation about Mars exploration at 1pm, and more! Click here to purchase >>

Fall Into Science Festival - Sunday, October 11th, Saturday, October17, and Saturday, October 31 from 10am to 2pm

We'll be hosting fall-inspired, outdoor activities throughout the month of October! This multi-event festival will conclude on October 31st as we kick-off our 75th anniversary celebration with a birthday blowout. There will be several activity tents, special live science shows, and a Halloween costume contest on the 31st. We promise fun tricks and plenty of treats.

Reserve Sunday October 11 Entry Reserve Saturday October 17 Entry Reserve Saturday October 31 Entry

Live Science Shows 

  • 11am & 1pm – Chemistry Shows - Cosmic Ray’s Stage 
    • On Mondays, 11am show will be replaced by Early Explorers (see below)
  • 3pm – Liquid Nitrogen Cloud - Outside on Front Sidewalk
    • After a full day of discovery, we will make announcements to encourage guests to migrate outside for a special demonstration!

Innovation Incubator (Maker Space)
Open 10am - 2pm on Saturday and Sunday only, temporarily closed Thursday, Friday and Monday (Last entry at 1pm)
Starting in October, I2 will be open until 4pm on Saturdays (Last entry at 3pm)

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

Temporarily Closed/Suspended 

  • VR 
  • Adventure Tower (top floor only)
  • Star Walk in Space Chase
  • Digestive Play Area in Body Quest
  • Birthday Parties
  • Weekday access to I2 Maker Space 

Weekly
Early Explorers
- Mondays at 11:00am - In Destination Exploration

Still have questions? Visit our Policies and FAQs page here>>