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Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga

Categories: Children’s Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
A combination of art and science, Creative Discovery Museum offers hands-on learning for children. Every exhibit can be climbed, touched, reconstructed, or explored. Kids will enjoy hearing and seeing instruments from the around the world, playing dress-up, and having fun in seasonal play areas. For a bite to eat, you can stop by Cafe Dino-Mite before you leave. Present a ticket stub from the local aquarium at the reception desk for a discount on your admission price. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Creative Discovery Museum by using our Chattanooga travel itinerary planner.
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  • We took my 2 year old today (Tues at 11:45 AM) and was not super crowded. She did enjoy it just some of the things she is too young to really appreciate or do. They do have a little kids area which wa...  read more »
  • My child is 8 and she had a pretty good time. a few of the things were boring to her but for the most part pretty enjoyable. 
  • I took my 2 and 5-year old grandchildren there a week ago. They ran out of energy before they ran out of things to see and do so we had to leave for lunch. It was great fun - especially the water tabl...  read more »
  • If you're in town for more than a week and have a child between the ages of 2 and 8, I strongly encourage you to get the annual membership. I took my 3 (now 4)-year-old daughter last year almost every other day for nearly three weeks, and the membership extended into this year where we're on a similar schedule. The membership more than paid for itself, and we never get bored of the attractions. The main floor is split into different exhibit halls: an unbelievably advanced water play area, exploring music, exploring visual arts, STEM, paleontology, an infant (4 and under) play area, and a couple of other nooks for rotating hands-on activities and a well-stocked play doctor's office. The upstairs has a temporary exhibit hall (e.g. Wizard of Oz themed, Thomas the Train themed, Sid the Science Kid themed, etc) as well as a cool tower you can ascend and learn all about bees on your way upward through real hives. There's also an outdoor patio with plenty of physics exploration. I've been to a few kid museums around the country. This one is simply fantastic!
  • Needs a much needed renovation inside. Fix the broken areas. And clean the exterior of the building. The building should promote discovery, imagination, and good vibes. But it looks somewhat rundown, and in a desperate deep cleaning. I expect bright colors, and shiny presentation to accompany the name of this museum. Not black stained walls, and dirty glass. Step it up! There's no excuse it can't be better than it is right now.
  • This place was amazing 2 years ago. But time has not treated it well. Many items to explore in the different rooms no longer work or are broken. Some things don't spin in the water area. Musical instruments are broken. And the sad state of the open air roof that used to be one of the highlights. I understand it's a kids museum, and things will get damaged, but it looks like it's just been going downhill unfortunately.
  • Best deal for kids. Very interactive. Have wrist band to go in and out.
  • My kids had a blast exploring the museum. There was a lot to see and do and very reasonably priced i felt. We will be returning next time we're back in town.
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