The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Reno

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The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (best known as The Discovery) is Nevada’s largest hands-on science center. The Discovery boasts 67,000 square feet of ever-changing exhibitions focused on science, technology, engineering, art, history and invention, all designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning in all who visit. The Discovery also regularly hosts featured exhibitions on topics ranging from rare monster-sized fish, to larger-than-life dinosaur fossils, to mind-bending puzzles, and more!

The Discovery also hosts a number of engaging events series including Social Science, a quarterly adults-only science exploration series and Science Distilled, an informal lecture series curated in partnership with Desert Research Institute.

The museum also offers seasonal camps for school aged children, museum overnights, school field trips, events specifically for teens, programming for early learners, and daily science demonstrations.

The Discovery regularly takes top honors in the region and statewide as a “Best Place to Take the Family” and “Best Indoor Activity.”

For more information and a complete calendar of upcoming exhibitions and events, visit www.nvdm.org.
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  • The various levels of involvement for children is fantastic. They are engaged and enthralled with the interactive displays including history and science.  more »
  • My kids love this place. It’s very nice and have so many stuffs to entertain them. The place is nice and clean. Stuffs are very helpful.  more »
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  • This museum is outstanding to the max! Our 16 yo wanted to go while we were in town and I was a bit worried that it would be too young for him to really enjoy, but we all had a blast! My husband and I were just as entertained as he was! The staff were all excellent and the bathrooms were super clean, which seems to be more and more rare these days. We even got to take home our own trinket we made from the 3D printer! Our favorite part was the food sorting machine where you had to put wooden blocks of food into the correct spaces on a conveyor belt I Love Lucy Style! It was just an all around great experience! Highly recommend to families of all ages!
  • Amazing place! Well worth the price. So much to do and learn. Will keeps kids and adults occupied for hours. My 4yo loved it. Very educational and fun for kids of all ages.

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