Saturday, December 4

Day Trips to Some of Tennessee’s Museums

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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

This museum with a variety of exhibits and collections has been a part of the Memphis landscape for more than 100 years.
1934 Poplar Ave., Memphis
901-544-6200 •

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

In addition to changing exhibits, the Frist offers a lot of art opportunities for younger visitors, including free admission to those ages 18 and younger.
919 Broadway, Nashville
615-244-3340 •

Pink Palace Museum

Pink Palace Museum

This museum offers exhibits, educational programs, a giant 3-D theater, the Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Coon Creek Science Center and tours of two historic homes.
3050 Central Ave., Memphis
901-636-2362 •

Tennessee State Museum

The new facilities for this museum are impressive, as are the permanent and traveling collections on topics such as the art and stories in quilts, the Civil War and Native history of the state.
505 Deadrick St., Nashville
615-741-2692 •

Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America

Impressive exhibits include a simulation of the 1811–1812 earthquakes that hit the area, a 20,000-gallon aquarium that gives a view of what Reelfoot Lake is like below the surface, dinosaurs, fossils, vintage automobiles and much more.
830 Everett Blvd., Union City
731-885-5455 •

Adventure Science Center

Some of the fun highlights of this museum are virtual reality experiences, interactive media, the Destination Exploration hands-on learning area for visitors age 5 and younger and the Sudekum Planetarium.
800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville
615-852-5160 •

Museum of Appalachia

Located in a beautiful mountain setting, this living history farm is affiliated with the Smithsonian and gives visitors a look at life in the yesteryear of Tennessee.
2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton
865-494-7680 •

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Lots of hands-on exhibits make this a great place to visit with young children. They can learn about the five senses through large displays of the human nose, tongue, ears, hand and eye; indulge their inner artist at the Creation Station; climb aboard a 1954 fire truck; and more.
502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro
615-890-2300 •

Hands On! Discovery Center

More than 30 exhibits help foster learning by doing and touching. The museum also offers workshops, home school programs and summer camps.
1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray
423-434-4263 •

Creative Discovery Museum

Each year, nearly 210,000 visitors enjoy the offerings at this hands-on museum.
321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga
423-756-2738 •

The Children’s Museum of Memphis

Dinosaur Dig, Doodlebug Studio, Going Places, H2Oh! Splash Park, Little Fixin’s Kitchen — with exhibit names that fun, it’s no wonder this hands-on children’s museum is so popular.
2525 Central Ave., Memphis
901-458-2678 •

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge

The motto of this museum is, “Please touch.” From the rainforest to historic Appalachia to the International Hall that is devoted to the cultures of many different countries, a lot of knowledge is at visitors’ fingertips.
461 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge
865-482-1074 •

The Muse Knoxville

With a planetarium, science garden, STEM station and the USS Muse, in which young visitors can plan a mission and launch in a planetary explorer, this museum has lots of fun hands-on learning to offer.
516 N. Beaman St., Knoxville
865-594-1494 •


About Author

Lifelong Tennessean Chris Kirk, associate editor of The Tennessee Magazine, joined the staff in May 2005 after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. An award-winning member of the Cooperative Communicators Association, he contributes feature articles and photographs to the monthly membership publication and serves as coordinator among Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and the magazine staff in Nashville. Chris and his wife, Anna, and their two daughters live in Brentwood.

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