Discovery Park of America, Union City

4.8
#35 of 210 in Museums in Tennessee
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
Discovery Park of America is a museum, park and garden located in Union City, Tennessee. The park sits on of land off of Everett Boulevard, near the proposed Interstate 69. It features exhibits and activities on local history, nature, military history, art and science.
Design commenced on the $100 million project in July 2008. In 2009 Boston-based architect Louis Siriani was hired to replace the first architect.
The park opened in November 2013. It was financed by Union City-based Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation, which has also earmarked $2 million a year for 20 years to cover operating costs and buy exhibits.
Discovery Park features many galleries in the Discovery Center, the main building at Discovery Park. The center includes: a children's gallery with hands-on activities; the Energy Gallery, which features a 20-foot model of a generator; an Enlightenment section that features a suit of armor and a model of the Ark of the Covenant; a Military section that includes a PT-17 Stearman airplane from World War II; a Native Americans' section that features many arrowheads and a Woolly Mammoth's skeleton; a Natural History section that features a Dinosaur room with skeletons of real dinosaurs; the Regional History section that features many living creatures from the local Reelfoot Lake complete with a crawl-space dome where people can look up in the water; a Science, Space, and Technology section that has an interactive star ship theater; a Transportation section scheduled to feature cars from all over the world, including the NASCAR 2007 Chevy Budweiser #8 and a Ford Model T; and a traveling exhibit hall.
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  • Phenomenal park and complex. I am equally in awe of the overall park and the generosity of the Kirkland family. Thank you for an enjoyable and educational time with my family.  more »
  • This place is awesome! There are so many different exhibits. Also many outdoor exhibits. Staff is very friendly and welcoming. We had lunch at the cafe inside. The food was not good at all. Our...  more »
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  • Enjoyed the exhibits, kids had a good time. The staff were not friendly, never saw any if them greet anyone, barely saw any of them smiling. I know they have to deal with the public on a daily basis, but this is the job they chose to do so I feel as though they could be more friendly than they are. I would recommend others to go, and I do like the fact they give jobs to disabled people.
  • It was a beautiful day for an antique tractor show. The whole park is so clean and the landscape is well manicured. The tram was out of service due to tractor parade, so we walked our senior citizen backsides off! Displays of interest were the torture chamber 😰, log cabins, train cars, antique autos, snake petting 😜, war memorabilia, and indoor slide for the kids. The bathrooms were clean and plentiful. The admission price was affordable. The exterior building design very modern. We will have to return as we were unable to see the whole park in one day. Great job Union City!

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