Hands On! Discovery Center

Hands On! Discovery Center This all-ages science center offers fun interactive programs and exhibits that include a musical Tesla coil, giant building blocks, and an active 5 million-year-old fossil dig site! $10 for adults and children age 4+ Free on-site parking

Hands On! Dsicovery Center is an all-ages science center that offers fun interactive programs and exhibits that include a musical Tesla coil, giant building blocks, and an active 5 million-year-old fossil dig site!

We have had so many new friends in our Discovery Garden as we get closer to its opening! #discoverygarden #pollinators #...
07/16/2020

We have had so many new friends in our Discovery Garden as we get closer to its opening! #discoverygarden #pollinators #visithandson #hodc #bees #allages #appalachianhighlands

07/15/2020

It all began here, with the Birthplace of Country Music. Take a trip to Discover Bristol with us and learn how the sounds that came from the Northeast Tennessee Appalachian Mountains formed the music we hear today.
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07/10/2020

Just a friendly reminder from your local science center! Awesome graphic courtesy of Northeast Tennessee #wearyourmask #science #visithandson #hodc #familyfun #allages

07/08/2020

We’ve got a few tips for fans coming to Bristol Motor Speedway for next week’s NASCAR All-Star Race, as well as what to do while you’re in Northeast Tennessee for a few days. We can’t wait to see you!
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07/04/2020

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07/02/2020

What is he up to now? Find out on our YouTube channel! #hodc #visithandson #intertia #appalachianhighlands

Lots of fun and creativity today with the Keva planks! Plan your visit at https://visithandson.org#Keva #visithandson #h...
07/01/2020

Lots of fun and creativity today with the Keva planks! Plan your visit at https://visithandson.org

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06/30/2020

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06/28/2020
Family Fun, Like A Local

Big thanks to Northeast Tennessee for this awesome video showcasing great parts of East Tennessee!
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*video was filmed before mask requirement*

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06/25/2020

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Please join us in supporting the small businesses in our region. Businesses like Hands On! Discovery Center, Up Against the Wall Gallery, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, and Jiggy Ray's Downtown Pizzeria make this region unique and a wonderful place to live. LEARN MORE: https://www.bankoftennessee.com/greenribbon/

You should definitely stop by to see what all the buzz is about 😏 thankful to be the 2020 Pinnacle Awards Attraction of ...
06/25/2020

You should definitely stop by to see what all the buzz is about 😏 thankful to be the 2020 Pinnacle Awards Attraction of the Year 😃 #hodc #visithandson #attractionoftheyear #pinnacleawards

06/24/2020

Northeast Tennessee is known for outdoor adventure, but among the best are secluded waterfall hikes for any level. Follow along as we take you to Margarette Falls near Discover Greeneville, TN
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06/24/2020

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06/19/2020

We are making sure everything is in tip-top shape for you! Grab your mask and buy your tickets online today 😃 #visithandson #wearyourmask #wait6feetapart #washyourhands #appalachianhighlands #purchaseticketsonline

06/17/2020

Best way to cool off in Northeast Tennessee on those hot summer days? Paddling through the clear mountain water on Wilbur Lake and Watauga River near Tour Carter County sounds like a great idea!
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Hands On! Discovery Center's cover photo
06/17/2020

Hands On! Discovery Center's cover photo

06/16/2020

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06/15/2020

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06/14/2020

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06/13/2020

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06/12/2020

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It's official!  We are reopening and we have missed you!  We have new guidelines in place to ensure your safety, so plea...
06/11/2020

It's official! We are reopening and we have missed you! We have new guidelines in place to ensure your safety, so please visit our website to see how we are committed to keeping you safe! You can also purchase tickets for your visit! #reopening #newguidelines

06/11/2020

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06/10/2020

All within walking distance, you’ll find treats, boutiques, a farmers market store, and drinks as strong as the history that surrounds Northeast Tennessee There’s a reason Historic Jonesborough is the Storytelling Capital of the World.
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06/10/2020

How many times can John fold this sheet? Find out in our video! #hodc #visithandson #athomewithme #alonetogether #athomelearning #appalachainhighlands

Mark your calendars!  We are reopening Tuesday, June 16th with new safety measures in place!  Please visit our website b...
06/09/2020

Mark your calendars! We are reopening Tuesday, June 16th with new safety measures in place! Please visit our website before visiting for all the details and to get your tickets!
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Hands On! Discovery Center's cover photo
06/09/2020

Hands On! Discovery Center's cover photo

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06/09/2020

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06/06/2020

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1212 Suncrest Dr.
Gray, TN
37615

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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(423) 434-4263

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This all-ages science center offers fun interactive experiences that include immersive exhibits like a musical Tesla coil, giant building blocks, a 3-story Paleo Tower, a maker space, an art studio and much more! Guests are invited engineer a rocket, build a wind-powered car, create an artistic masterpiece, and discover something new. Visit an active fossil dig site dating back 5 million years and enjoy exhibits and programs featuring the plant and animal fossils that have been unearthed at the Gray Fossil Site, including a 10-ton mastodon!

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Thank you to the Hands On Discovery Center for a great time at Sensory Night. My family had a wonderful time!
My family and I have been to many Children’s Museums across the South from Atlanta to Huntsville, Virginia to North Carolina and this was one of the VERY best both fun and educational experiences we have ever had! This facility is clean, modern, and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly individuals. There was something to keep us busy from top to bottom, so much so that two hours and a half passed by in a blink. The facility was truly hands on from start to finish and this is what impressed me so much. The activities were very well thought out and it was clear that all children were having a blast while learning. Most facilities will be noisy when there are a lot of kids inside, but because every area was engaging the kids were too busy enjoying themselves to be bored enough to make a fuss! We took part in and enjoyed a special science class that was informative and “hands on!” Emily was very kind and patient taking questions and listening well. The session was well done and at a level for a variety of ages to enjoy. I was impressed and hope we can return soon. We LOVED it! It’s my hope to purchase a year long pass next spring so we can visit several times in 2020 Lord willing. We homeschool our son and have plans to get a group together to visit the center! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Dave Jessee honey check this neat place out
I was wondering if you will be adding any more of the exhibits from the old Hands On Museum to this one? I really like the new stuff you have added and think it’s wonderful for older kids (very fun and educational at the same time) but was a little disappointed that it’s nothing at all like the old museum that had lots of stuff that younger kids could play with (grocery store, plane, bank, slide, etc.) I hope you continue growing so that kids of all ages can really enjoy your new location 😊
First time visiting the new museum and I have to say we were very disappointed. The grocery, the bank, the ark etc to name a few were greatly missed! Most of the exhibits had to do with fossils. The hands on activities were all very similar. Not much variety. Needless to say this will not be a place we visit yearly like we did the original hands on. 😣
Very disappointed 😕. It's mostly just fossils and none of the stuff from the original Hands on Museum. Alot of things didn't seem to work. Also overpriced.
Please fix your alarm system. This is ridiculous.
This was the saddest children's museum I have ever visited and especially for the price, I will never go back unless they expand and have more for the kids to do, it's called hands on but there's mainly just 1 room for the kids to be hands on, there's no bank for the kids to play no kitchen, no cabins etc.....sad,sad,sad
Terrific Saturday with my 4 year old grandson. We tried everything and had such a grand time!! Until he went running....he had never done that before. Many different rooms so I did not know which direction he went. I searched by myself for about 7 minutes then told the sweethearts at the desk that I had lost him. The immediately sprang into action. Got his description and in less than 5 minutes this panicked Oma was reunited with him. After about 10 minutes on the phone with Dadeee he was sufficiently repentant and got his mistake. We went back inside and had the rest of a glorious day. Everything is definitely hands on!! He got to dress up in a dino outfit and make things go bang and boom and display his unique gift for music!! We will go again soon.
Making the fish jump! Draw Alive exhibit
Testing our creations in the Vertical Flyer!
COUSIN TIME AT HANDS ON !