Entertaining for kids but definitely showing its age. The building dates back to the 1940s and was a school back then. Plenty for kids to engage with but more play than learn--not that that's a bad thing. The colocation with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park visitor center (TN) adds an extra level of interest for history buffs. Even so, while interesting, it's nothing to write home about. Picky's Recommendation: If nice outside, enjoy the sunshine and visit here on a rainy day (which is what we did).
This is one of my favorite places in Oak Ridge, and personally, I think it’s a better children’s museum than the Knoxville one, even though it’s a little dated. It has so many different rooms to explore and because it’s part history museum, it can entertain children of all ages, as well as adults. It also has a really cute playground right next to it. You could easily spend an entire afternoon here.
Would HIGHLY recommend getting a membership. We love this place. Tom's of amazing programs. Go on a 3rd Sunday of the month. They have really great hands on activities for the kids!
My kids were there for 3 hours and cried when we had to leave. Their favorite exhibits were the train room, space room, waterworks room, and rainforest room. *I will bring a change of clothes next time. My toddler went crazy in the waterworks room and ended up drenched.
So I honestly thought this was going to be a small museum and was comparing it to the muse, after reading reviews I decided to give it a chance. This museum was excellent!!!! The displays were neat and tons of hand on activities for the children. My child is home schooled and the museum did not disappoint with educational displays! Definitely recommend 10 out of 10. Fun for the adults as well! We will definitely return. Our favorite display was the trains and can't wait to return on a 3rd Sunday of the month for the train work shop to be open.
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