Children of all ages will enjoy this exciting science center that features hands-on exhibits on natural history, world ... More
East Tennessee Discovery Center
Children of all ages will enjoy this exciting science center that features hands-on exhibits on natural history, world culture, and student art including easy-view microscopes, giant whisper dishes, and a giant human kaleidoscope. A planetarium is also on site and six annual exhibitions for students and adults are featured throughout the year.
The parking places in front of this Children's Museum were for staff only - families with children have to park fairly far away and walk across a curved street with no sidewalk. Bad 1st impression. Handicapped? Your spot is across the street too. So I wouldn't say the staff is so great here. As well, with a mere $1000, they could hire a cleaning team - cobwebs, smudgy fingerprints, steam cleaning the carpeting and tile floors, etc. Not to mention peeling paint. The bathrooms were open with "do not close!" signs, so that if you had to go, anyone coming in the front door, or at the front desk, or passing by, could hear you + see you wash hands. It was odd.
The exhibits weren't imaginative, and they were all in one room. Maybe to the staff here, it's great. But they really should check out other accredited Children's Museums to understand why they're not getting a good rating. Take a field trip to the nearby ones, such as Lynchburg and Richmond.
The amphibians were in the smallest cages imaginable - the bearded lizard kept trying to climb up the glass wall. The snake had been in it's cubic foot cage for a decade. The gecko was far worse off. If an animal/amphibian/insects rights group found out about this place, these "exhibits" would be finished, and maybe the staff would get enlightened.
"Lego Land" was a smaller collection of Legos than our son has - which isn't extensive. Same with the book corner - the books were also in bad shape.
The only reason why I'm not giving it 1 star is because at least it's something public open for the kids.
no air conditioning...our kids heads were
wet from sweat, all sizes and shapes of buckets which were positioned everywhere catching leaks overshadowed all exhibits...
center should have been closed for repair, a
million fingerprints on the glass tanks...
could hardly see in, and well, some
set-ups did not operate or just did not work
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