Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Hours today:
10:00am – 5:00pm

Museum location:
490 S. Center Street, Reno

775-786-1000
Contact us

Calendar of events
Summer hours

Saturday

May

30

Reno Mini Maker FaireReno Mini Maker Faire

Join The Discovery as we play host to Reno Mini Maker Faire, the greatest show (and tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Tickets: Purchase online at makerfairereno.com

Note: Maker Faire tickets include all-day admission to The Discovery!


Saturday

May

30

Dismantle DayDismantle Day

Have you ever asked, "I wonder how that works?" Bring an old electronic toy or other electronic items such as a computer keyboard, telephone, or table top fan, to The Shop and discover what's inside. Don't have something to dismantle? We've got items you can choose from.

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


Sunday

May

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


Sunday

May

31

RaptorsRave About Raptors

Visit The Discovery to learn what makes a raptor a raptor when you dissect owl pellets and make your own raptor claw.

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


Wednesday

June

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.

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $10
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

June

3

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


Wednesday

June

3

RaptorsRave About Raptors

Visit The Discovery to learn what makes a raptor a raptor when you dissect owl pellets and make your own raptor claw.

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


Wednesday

June

3

Half price admissionHalf Price Admission

Visit The Discovery after 4:00pm every Wednesday for just $5.00 admission per person! Children under age 1 and members are always free!

Supported in part by: Rounds Bakery

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $5 general admission, Members free


Saturday

June

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


Saturday

June

6

RaptorsRave About Raptors

Visit The Discovery to learn what makes a raptor a raptor when you dissect owl pellets and make your own raptor claw.

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


Sunday

June

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


Sunday

June

7

RaptorsRave About Raptors

Visit The Discovery to learn what makes a raptor a raptor when you dissect owl pellets and make your own raptor claw.

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


Wednesday

June

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.

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $10
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

June

10

birdhouseDIY Birdhouses & Feeders

Visit The Shop to create homes and feeders for our native Nevada birds using upcycled materials such as milk cartons and plastic bottles.

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


Wednesday

June

10

RaptorsRave About Raptors

Visit The Discovery to learn what makes a raptor a raptor when you dissect owl pellets and make your own raptor claw.

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


Wednesday

June

10

Half price admissionHalf Price Admission

Visit The Discovery after 4:00pm every Wednesday for just $5.00 admission per person! Children under age 1 and members are always free!

Supported in part by: Rounds Bakery

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $5 general admission, Members free


Saturday

June

13

birdhouseDIY Birdhouses & Feeders

Visit The Shop to create homes and feeders for our native Nevada birds using upcycled materials such as milk cartons and plastic bottles.

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


Saturday

June

13

RaptorsRave About Raptors

Visit The Discovery to learn what makes a raptor a raptor when you dissect owl pellets and make your own raptor claw.

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


Sunday

June

14

birdhouseDIY Birdhouses & Feeders

Visit The Shop to create homes and feeders for our native Nevada birds using upcycled materials such as milk cartons and plastic bottles.

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


Sunday

June

14

RaptorsRave About Raptors

Visit The Discovery to learn what makes a raptor a raptor when you dissect owl pellets and make your own raptor claw.

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


Monday

June

15

tshirttoteT-shirt Totes

Visit The Shop to create a unique tote using reclaimed T-shirts. You'll have a handy carrying device and learn why reusing is important for our community and our planet.

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


Tuesday

June

16

tshirttoteT-shirt Totes

Visit The Shop to create a unique tote using reclaimed T-shirts. You'll have a handy carrying device and learn why reusing is important for our community and our planet.

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


Wednesday

June

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.

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $10
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

June

17

tshirttoteT-shirt Totes

Visit The Shop to create a unique tote using reclaimed T-shirts. You'll have a handy carrying device and learn why reusing is important for our community and our planet.

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


Wednesday

June

17

Half price admissionHalf Price Admission

Visit The Discovery after 4:00pm every Wednesday for just $5.00 admission per person! Children under age 1 and members are always free!

Supported in part by: Rounds Bakery

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $5 general admission, Members free


Saturday

June

20

Taylor ReidVisiting Artist: Taylor Reid

Join Visiting Artist Taylor Reid and create a unique decorative boat using found driftwood from Northern Nevada and the Bay Area.Limited to 15 participants per session.

Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 4 and up
Note: Registration is required online using the links below, or by calling 775-786-1000
Register:   10:30am    11:45am   1:30pm   2:45pm   4:00pm


Wednesday

June

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.

Time: 9:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $10
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

June

24

Half price admissionHalf Price Admission

Visit The Discovery after 4:00pm every Wednesday for just $5.00 admission per person! Children under age 1 and members are always free!

Supported in part by: Rounds Bakery

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $5 general admission, Members free


Saturday

June

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 to next big thing!

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


Sunday

June

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


Saturday

July

18

Carol Foldvary-AndersonVisiting Artist:
Carol Foldvary-Anderson

Visit The Discovery to learn how to create beautiful landscape works of art using her innovative Oil Pastel Smudge technique from Visiting Artist Carol Foldvary-Anderson. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for ages 7 and up
Register: Registration is required using the links below, or by calling 775-786-1000
10:00am     11:30am     1:30pm     3:00pm


Saturday

July

18

Social ScienceSocial Science: Inside Your Outside

Don't miss Social Science, an exciting, artistic, scientific, adults-only event at The Discovery! Enjoy tasty beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres from Whole Foods Market Reno, take part in intriguing science demos and clever art projects, and play like a kid again! Get your tickets today!

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


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Inside Out: an Anatomy Experience
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Social Science

Social Science: Inside Your Outside
Saturday, July 18 · 6:00pm