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Discovery Park of America, Union City

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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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  • My husband & I recently visited here and thoroughly enjoyed it. We began outdoors with Heritage Park, since it was due to storm soon. We really enjoyed their collection of old cabins and other... 
    My husband & I recently visited here and thoroughly enjoyed it. We began outdoors with Heritage Park, since it was due to storm soon. We really enjoyed their collection of old cabins and other...  more »
  • Discovery Park is aptly named. So much to do and discover. Cost very reasonable. Great for adults as well as children. A little bit for everyone. Almost any interest covered. Children were having.....  more
    Discovery Park is aptly named. So much to do and discover. Cost very reasonable. Great for adults as well as children. A little bit for everyone. Almost any interest covered. Children were having.....  more »
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  • My Family absolutely loved it here! This is the best place to go for little ones and even teenagers! I myself am a teenager, who loves to go here. I think you and your family would love it too! We did get VIP tickets so we could do everything and it was so cool! If you like crystals, there are tons in the gift shop! If you like fudge, check out the cafes. There are outside and inside things. It is just magnificent, it’s historical and playful, there is a playground that is so much fun for the little ones! Hope you love your trip!
  • This is a one of a kind type of museum and much much more. The collection of artifacts and other things they have to offer is absolutely amazing. Endless possibilities to explore here!! If you have not brought your family and visited yet.. GO NOW ITS WORTH EVERY PENNY.

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