The Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was established in 1944 as the Children's Museum of Nashville and was on 2nd Ave South downtown. It was the vision of Sgt. John Ripley Forbes to have a children's museum that lead prominent and influential citizens to help. In 1952, the museum opened the first planetarium in Tennessee and named it after Anthony Sedekum, one of the founding board of trustees.
In 1974 the Nashville museum moved to Old Saint Cloud Hill in front of Fort Negley where it now resides. In 2002 after many name changes through the years it changed its name to Adventure Science Center.
Sgt Forbes vision to create opportunities for children to learn is stronger than ever. Each year about 340,000 visitors come to the Science Center to learn about science and adventure with hands on education.
BodyQuest is a huge multi-room exhibition full of exhibits that represents a day in the life of your body. The exhibits are divided up in to areas to show how your body systems work together and how hard your body works.
The picture above shows a heart with the arteries branching out across the room. Around the room are other exhibits related to the body. There are rooms full of interactive exhibits related to each part of the body.
Sudekum Planetarium is a state of the art full-dome digital projection shooting a spectacular star field on the 63 foot diameter dome ceiling. A brilliant laser light show and a surround sound system compliment the digital projection to make an ultimate journey in sight and sound!
The Nashville Planetarium will take you on a ride through past marvels like on a magic carpet ride. The dome will give you the feeling of being there while the entire scene wraps around you. Very Cool!!! Just this makes the visit worth it.
Located in the test bed part of the Space Chase, Moon walker gives you the feeling of walking on the moon. With 1/6 gravity, see how high you can jump!
The Blue Max was presented by MTSU Aerospace. Experience the excitement of high performance aircraft from the cockpit while viewing a 58" screen using the most advanced graphics available. You are the pilot, gunner, or both as you are engaged in fast flying dog fights, carrier landings, flight training, and aerobatic maneuvers. This ride is totally controlled by you and more exciting than any indoor thrill ride.
If you plan to visit, the hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm. They are located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville TN 37203, 615-862-5160.