The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno, NV is a world-class science center that offers a fun and interactive experience for visitors of all ages. Boasting 67,000 square-feet of galleries with permanent and traveling exhibits and displays that focus on an array of topics from art, history, and invention to engineering, science, and technology. Designed to inspire curiosity and creativity and encourage audiences to take a more profound interest in the world of science, the Discovery Museum also offers a variety of educational and community outreach programs designed to inspire curiosity and exploration.


The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum features a variety of permanent and temporary or traveling presentations that cover a range of topics from art and history to science and technology. Permanent exhibits include ‘Science Underground,' ‘Inside Out: an Anatomy Experience,' ‘Da Vinci's Corner,' ‘The Shop,' ‘Spark!Lab Smithsonian’, ‘Cloud Climber,' ‘Truckee Connects,' ‘Nevada Stories,' ‘Build It!’, ‘Under the Stars,' ‘Little Discoveries’, and ‘Art Alcove.’

‘Inside Out: an Anatomy Experience’ explores the human anatomy through fascinating digital and interactive exhibits that delve into the way bodies grow, age, work and heal.

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‘Da Vinci’s Corner ‘ takes an in-depth look at the convergence of art and science through an innovative gallery of hands-on experiments, art projects and science demonstrations that inspired Leonardo da Vinci, all of which are housed in warm and welcoming space.

‘The Shop’ offers visitors the opportunity to use real tools and materials to tinker, take apart, fix, and mend bits and bobs, after which they can be kept as mementos.

‘Spark!Lab Smithsonian’ uses fun activities to help visitors to see the invention process through from idea to successful marketing. The exhibit features hands-on games, famous inventions, inventors’ notebooks, experiments and more.

‘The Cloud Climber’ challenges visitors to climb to the heights of Nevada’s water cycle on a custom-made jungle gym which stretches high into the ceiling space of the Museum. Designed to teach visitors more about the environment around them, ‘The Cloud Climber’ features many levels where visitors can climb, jump, reach, blaze trails and most importantly, have fun!

The ‘Truckee Connects’ exhibit flows gently beneath ‘The Cloud Climber’ and is an active representation of the Truckee River watershed stretching from the depths of Lake Tahoe to the shores of Pyramid Lake. The display offers an interactive opportunity for visitors to learn about the ways of water such as hydroelectric power, irrigation, recreation, and wildlife, and ways in which to experiment with water.

‘Nevada Stories’ highlights the diverse and fascinating history of Nevada and people who lived there, including the early Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe Indians, the Basque herders, and the legacy of the railroad. The display features stock goods from a Prairie Schooner, local minerals found in the region, Native American cultural items, and artifacts discovered on an archeological dig in the area.

‘Build It!’ gives visitors to chance to design, build, test and explore as done in the building and construction industry, as well as highlighting Nevada’s vast solar and geothermal energy resources.

‘Under the Stars’ features a vast cave, tents, and changing light treatments that bring the outdoors inside for visitors to explore, while ‘Little Discoveries’ give the Museum’s youngest visitors a special place to creep, climb, roll, explore and discover.

Located inside Da Vinci’s Corner, ‘Art Alcove’ is the Museum’s artistic space where creativity reigns supreme and where a unique art project is offered daily.

Educational Programs

The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum offers a variety of educational programs for visitors of all ages including seasonal camps for kids, programs and special events, school field trips, various galleries and exhibits, and more. The Spark!Lab Smithsonian is a space used for families and children and to learn about the history and process of the invention.

Visitor Information

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is located 490 S. Center Street in Reno and is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Free parking is available for visitors to the Museum on the north side of the building. The Museum offers an array of amenities, including a dining area with table chairs, and a microwave where visitors can enjoy packed lunches, a family room, and a museum store, which sells a variety of books, toys, puzzles, games, and gifts. The Discovery can be rented out for special celebrations such as birthday parties, corporate functions and more.

490 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501, Phone: 775-786-1000

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