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The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Fun for all ages

My wife and I checked out the Discovery Museum yesterday and had a great time. Lots of hands-on... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chico, California
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Interesting and fun

Didn’t really know what to expect when I visited. Found a fun place with fascinating exhibits from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reno, Nevada
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“all ages”(37 reviews)
The Discovery is a 67,000 square-foot, hands-on science and technology museum presenting interactive exhibits & temporary exhibitions.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
490 S Center St, Reno, NV 89501-2105
+1 775-786-1000
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 August 2015

After reading an article in the Reno newspaper about this museum my husband and I decided to take the time to visit. Even though we are much older than the typical visitors we were not disappointed; this museum is for all ages. It is educational...More

3  Thank out-of-here-arizona
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 June 2013

Its a great place to take your kids if they want to run around and bang on stuff. When I visited, I was told that the staff try to have parents and children work together to learn and explore. But when I entered, I only...More

2  Thank Rachel L
Patrick T, Manager at The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2013

Hello Rachel L, We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit to The Discovery. Helping parents understand that the museum is a place to interact with their children is a challenge our staff deals with regularly. Hopefully your children still enjoyed their visit and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I checked out the Discovery Museum yesterday and had a great time. Lots of hands-on exhibits to enjoy. Easy to spend 2 to 3 hours there. We did not have our kids or grandkids with us, but kept thinking how much fun...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well intentioned facility but many of the exhibits were not working. Very limited age range with probably grade 3 being the upper limit. Definitely a very good museum for the younger child. Donut shop next door a plus.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn’t really know what to expect when I visited. Found a fun place with fascinating exhibits from various fields. Lots of science exhibits but also things of historical interest in the context of geology and environment. Great place for kids and also for those young...More

Thank bradl336
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We have gone to the Discovery Museum many times with out two kids and we love it! Every exhibit is fun for kids, and many of them are very interactive. You will learn about natural history, Nevada history, science and much more! They also have...More

Thank unrgirl20
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We spent almost a full day exploring the Discovery Center with our 5 grand kids, aged 16 months - 12 years. Lots of interactive activities for kids of all ages. No food on site, so eat before you get there (or plan to take a...More

1  Thank ValsTravels2015
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Great place for kids and adults. The museum is very interactive and hands-on. We spent a bit more than one hour there and enjoyed every minute. There are some great exhibits that challenge the mind, good for all. Well worth the $12 and the experience.

Thank SonomaRichard
Reviewed 19 September 2018

This is a great museum for kids. So much to do and see that we had to go twice. The staff is great with the kids and really a blessing to be around.

Thank whitecarnation2018
Reviewed 20 July 2018

really cool spot to visit if you're ever in the vicinity of downtown Reno...cool learning displays and a quite a few brain teaser games...if you have the little uns with yah...they'll love this place!

1  Thank Joe A
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

It's Reno, so it's not a world class museum, but it's better than you'd expect for a town this size. Stuff geared to the area, and more. Lots of hands on activities.

Thank Josh M
Reviewed 7 July 2018

I have visited children's science/stem museums in a few big cities. They are usually crowded, overpriced and exhibits are too distant/vague for small kids. Terry Lee Wells in Reno was the opposite. The admission was very low, crowd size just right, and the exhibits were...More

1  Thank BayTraveler13
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Susan C
3 July 2016|
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Response from Pammi K | Reviewed this property |
3 hours will be more than enough.
9 November 2015|
Response from PatrickTu | Property representative |
Hello Rachelle. The Discovery is a family-oriented museum, but I think that you'll find that there's something for everyone. If you plan to visit after Saturday, November 14, we'll also have a brand new traveling exhibition... More
22 August 2015|
Response from Patrick T | Property representative |
Hello Erffa. Your 9-month-old will definitely enjoy The Discovery. We have a gallery entitled Little Discoveries design specifically for early learners, so you'll certainly want to check that out.