Creative Discovery Museum

  • 321 Chestnut Street
  • Chattanooga, TN 37402
One of the nation’s top children’s museums, the Creative Discovery Museum inspires children’s passion for learning through play. Whether creating a clay sculpture in the Artists' Studio, zooming a message through a pneumatic tube in Inventors' Clubhouse, digging for dinosaur bones in Excavation Station, or creating an ensemble cast of characters in the Back Alley Theatre, this museum is full of hands-on family fun. Children 4 years and younger can spend time exploring the infant garden of the Little Yellow House, while kids of all ages will enjoy RiverPlay's 2-1/2 story high climbing structure. Riverplay also offers an interactive watercourse to sail boats, learn about locks and dams, and shoot jets of water to make whirligigs spin!

Kings, Queens & Castles – Saturday, January 14 – Sunday May 14, 2017 The game of chess comes to life in this innovative, hands-on family exhibit. With a giant medieval castle, slides, life-size chessboard, large-scale chess pieces, and chess-playing and art-making stations, children of all ages and chess-playing ability will be able to experience this timeless game in a brand new way.

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit
Saturday May 27 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

Step into colorful adventures based on the work of renowned and beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle, including the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
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Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 100
  • Reception Capacity 350
  • Theatre Capacity 118
  • Banquet Capacity 350
Conservatory & Classroom
  • Reception Capacity: 36
1st Floor
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 200
2nd Floor
  • Reception Capacity: 150
  • Theater Capacity: 118
Full Access
  • Reception Capacity: 350
January 14, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Developed in partnership with the World Chess Hall of Fame, Kings, Queens & Castles brings the game of chess to life inviting children and families to explore a giant chessboard, life-size chess pieces and game strategy no matter their mastery...

July 4, 2017

Kids get to celebrate Independence Day with a giant birthday party with lots of hands-on patriotic activities, reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and Uncle Sam characters, recognition of military, friendly “fireworks” and...

November 18, 2017

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Spend the afternoon enjoying the first “snow fall” in Chattanooga with special guests Jack Frost and Suzy Snowflake with lots of fun, snowy hands-on family activities.

December 31, 2017

Join us for a rockin' fun-filled New Year's Eve party with all of the traditions of a grown-up celebration made child friendly. Watch Father Time descend the stairs with the New Year baby, enjoy our apple juice toast and make hats and shakers for the...

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