Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Hours today:
9:00am–8:00pm

Museum location:
490 S. Center Street, Reno

775-786-1000
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Calendar of events
New summer hours

Wednesday

Aug

27

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Don't miss this special morning just for museum visitors age 5 and under. Participate in story time and explore the museum for a full hour before it opens to the public.

Sponsored by: The Child Garden

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $8
Ages: Ages 5 and under

Note: Small Wonder Wednesday is reserved for families with children age 5 and under. Older siblings may join at 10:00am.


Wednesday

Aug

27

DIY textilesDIY Textiles

Visit The Shop, The Discovery's newest hands-on space, and let your creativity rein when you create with a variety of textiles.

Times: 10:30am – 7:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Aug

27

BiomimicryExplore Biomimicry

Biomimicry is the exploration into how insects, plants, and other living organisms influence the fields of architecture and invention. Visit The Discovery and you'll have the opportunity to create your own nature inspired invention using Bendaroos.

Times: 10:30am – 7:30pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Aug

27

$4 admission after 4pm$4 admission after 4:00pm

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, August 27th for just $4.00 admission per person. Children 1 and under are free. Members are always free!

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $4


Saturday

Aug

30

Open Build DayOpen Build Day

Bring your ingenuity to The Shop for a full day of building. Select from real tools and materials and use your creativity to build the next big thing!

Times: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Saturday

Aug

30

BiomimicryExplore Biomimicry

Biomimicry is the exploration into how insects, plants, and other living organisms influence the fields of architecture and invention. Visit The Discovery and you'll have the opportunity to create your own nature inspired invention using Bendaroos.

Times: 10:30am – 4:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Sunday

Aug

31

Open Build DayOpen Build Day

Bring your ingenuity to The Shop for a full day of building. Select from real tools and materials and use your creativity to build to next big thing!

Times: 12:30 – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Sunday

Aug

31

BiomimicryExplore Biomimicry

Biomimicry is the exploration into how insects, plants, and other living organisms influence the fields of architecture and invention. Visit The Discovery and you'll have the opportunity to create your own nature inspired invention using Bendaroos.

Times: 12:30 – 4:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Monday

Sept

1

Labor DayLabor Day: Museum Open

The Discovery will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Labor Day, Monday September, 1, 2014.

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $8


Wednesday

Sept

3

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Don't miss this special morning just for museum visitors age 5 and under. Participate in story time and explore the museum for a full hour before it opens to the public.

Sponsored by: The Child Garden

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $8
Ages: Ages 5 and under

Note: Small Wonder Wednesday is reserved for families with children age 5 and under. Older siblings may join at 10:00am.


Wednesday

Sept

3

Hump DayHump Day

Virginia City's Camel Races are coming to The Discovery! Visit the museum on Wednesday, September 3rd and ride a camel, relive history with Living Legend Docents, and purchase a special ticket package for this year's Camel Races!

Time: 3:00 – 7:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission; $5 camel rides
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

3

$4 admission after 4pm$4 admission after 4:00pm

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, September 3rd for just $4.00 admission per person. Children 1 and under are free. Members are always free!

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $4


Saturday

Sept

6

Tool explorationTool Exploration

The Shop is where hands-on gets serious. During Tool Explorations, you'll have the chance to grab a block of wood and experiment with a variety of woodworking tools and techniques.

Times: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 6 and up


Saturday

Sept

6

Engineered artEngineering Large Art

Inspired by large-scale art installations, visitors will have the chance to create their own freeform sculpture using a variety of traditional and unexpected materials.

Times: 10:30am – 4:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Saturday

Sept

6

Social ScienceSocial Science: Discoverypalooza

Explore the science behind the beats and riffs that we love to listen to at Social Science! Live music and karaoke mix with hands-on explorations into musical instruments, sound waves and the technology used to create modern music.

Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers; $25 at the door
Ages: 21 and over only
Tickets: Purchase online or call 775-786-1000


Sunday

Sept

7

Tool explorationTool Exploration

The Shop is where hands-on gets serious. During Tool Explorations, you'll have the chance to grab a block of wood and experiment with a variety of woodworking tools and techniques.

Times: 12:30 – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 6 and up


Sunday

Sept

7

Engineered artEngineering Large Art

Inspired by large-scale art installations, visitors will have the chance to create their own freeform sculpture using a variety of traditional and unexpected materials.

Times: 12:30 – 4:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

10

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Don't miss this special morning just for museum visitors age 5 and under. Participate in story time and explore the museum for a full hour before it opens to the public.

Sponsored by: The Child Garden

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $8
Ages: Ages 5 and under

Note: Small Wonder Wednesday is reserved for families with children age 5 and under. Older siblings may join at 10:00am.


Wednesday

Sept

10

Marshmallow launcherMarshmallow Launchers

Hands-on gets series in The Shop, where you can use real tools and materials to design and build your very own marshmallow launcher!

Times: 10:30am – 7:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 6 and up


Wednesday

Sept

10

Film historyFilm History

Visit The Discovery to explore the history of moving pictures and make your own short film using a flip book technique.

Times: 10:30am – 7:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

10

$4 admission after 4pm$4 admission after 4:00pm

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, September 10th for just $4.00 admission per person. Children 1 and under are free. Members are always free!

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $4


Friday

Sept

12

The Discovery After DarkThe Discovery After Dark

The robots are coming! At The Discovery After Dark, you'll have the chance to explore a variety of robotics technologies including Cubelets, squiggle 'bots, sculptable circuits, Makey Boards, and more. After Dark also features a live DJ, and complete museum exploration.

Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers
Ages: Middle and high school students only
Tickets: Purchase online or call 775-786-1000


Saturday

Sept

13

Marshmallow launcherMarshmallow Launchers

Hands-on gets series in The Shop, where you can use real tools and materials to design and build your very own marshmallow launcher!

Times: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 6 and up


Saturday

Sept

13

Film historyFilm History

Visit The Discovery to explore the history of moving pictures and make your own short film using a flip book technique.

Times: 10:30am – 4:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Sunday

Sept

14

Marshmallow launcherMarshmallow Launchers

Hands-on gets series in The Shop, where you can use real tools and materials to design and build your very own marshmallow launcher!

Times: 12:30 – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 6 and up


Sunday

Sept

14

Film historyFilm History

Visit The Discovery to explore the history of moving pictures and make your own short film using a flip book technique.

Times: 12:30 – 4:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

17

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Don't miss this special morning just for museum visitors age 5 and under. Participate in story time and explore the museum for a full hour before it opens to the public.

Sponsored by: The Child Garden

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $8
Ages: Ages 5 and under

Note: Small Wonder Wednesday is reserved for families with children age 5 and under. Older siblings may join at 10:00am.


Wednesday

Sept

17

Marshmallow launcherMarshmallow Launchers

Hands-on gets series in The Shop, where you can use real tools and materials to design and build your very own marshmallow launcher!

Times: 10:30am – 7:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 6 and up


Wednesday

Sept

17

$4 admission after 4pm$4 admission after 4:00pm

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, September 17th for just $4.00 admission per person. Children 1 and under are free. Members are always free!

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $4


Saturday

Sept

20

Ralph BurnsRalph Burns: Paiute Storyteller

Northern Paiute Elder Ralph burns captivates young audiences by embodying the Paiute culture in a way that brings history and language alive. Come listen to native stories, examine native artifacts, and learn more about the history of the Paiutes.

Times: 11:00am, 3:30pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Saturday

Sept

20

Pudu NugaduPudu Nugadu

Native American dance troupe, Pudu Nugadu will present beautiful and historically significant dances.

Times: 2:30pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

24

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Don't miss this special morning just for museum visitors age 5 and under. Participate in story time and explore the museum for a full hour before it opens to the public.

Sponsored by: The Child Garden

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $8
Ages: Ages 5 and under

Note: Small Wonder Wednesday is reserved for families with children age 5 and under. Older siblings may join at 10:00am.


Wednesday

Sept

24

Open Build DayOpen Build Day

Bring your ingenuity to The Shop for a full day of building. Select from real tools and materials and use your creativity to build the next big thing!

Times: 10:30am – 7:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

24

Science of the SeasonsScience of the Seasons

Visit the museum to explore the science of seasonal change, make your own weather, and learn how the water cycle affects the change of the seasons.

Times: 10:30am – 7:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

24

$4 admission after 4pm$4 admission after 4:00pm

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, September 24th for just $4.00 admission per person. Children 1 and under are free. Members are always free!

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $4


Saturday

Sept

27

Open Build DayOpen Build Day

Bring your ingenuity to The Shop for a full day of building. Select from real tools and materials and use your creativity to build the next big thing!

Times: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Saturday

Sept

27

Science of the SeasonsScience of the Seasons

Visit the museum to explore the science of seasonal change, make your own weather, and learn how the water cycle affects the change of the seasons.

Times: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Sunday

Sept

28

Open Build DayOpen Build Day

Bring your ingenuity to The Shop for a full day of building. Select from real tools and materials and use your creativity to build to next big thing!

Times: 12:30 – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Sept

28

Science of the SeasonsScience of the Seasons

Visit the museum to explore the science of seasonal change, make your own weather, and learn how the water cycle affects the change of the seasons.

Times: 12:30 – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Saturday

Oct

25

Halloween4th Annual Trick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween the fun and educational way at The Discovery's 4th Annual Trick or Treat! Visit the museum in costume and trick or treat from gallery to gallery on Saturday, October 25th. There'll be clever Halloween-themed art projects, spooky science demos and treats for everyone!

Time: 5:30 – 9:30pm (Members-only 5:30 – 6:30pm)
Cost: $2 members, $3 nonmembers
Ages: Recommended for all ages
Tickets: Purchase online or call 775-786-1000

Social Science

Adults-only fun at The Discovery!
Saturday, Sept. 6 · 6:00pm


After Dark

One night, teens only!
Friday, Sept. 12 · 6:00pm


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