Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Hours today:
10:00am–5:00pm

Museum location:
490 S. Center Street, Reno

775-786-1000
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Calendar of events

Friday

Apr

18

Derby CarsDerby Cars

Visit Spark!Lab Smithsonian to test your automotive ingenuity! Use a variety of recycled materials to create your own automobile and then try it out on our test track.

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


Saturday

Apr

19

Build With WoodBuild With Wood

Grab a hammer, a saw, and some nails and get ready to build with wood in The Shop!

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


Saturday

Apr

19

Chocolate TastingTaste the Difference

Have you ever wondered what the difference between dark, milk and white chocolate is? In this experiment, use your hands, eyes and tastebuds to find out the answer.

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


Saturday

Apr

19

GoldilocksBrüka Theater's "Goldi"

Don't miss this modern adaptation of the classic tale. Funny and insightful, Brüka's Theatre for Children features top-notch performers and writers who consistently involve young people in learning and participating in theatre and related arts.

Times: 1:30pm, 2:15pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Sunday

Apr

20

EasterEaster: Museum Open

The Discovery will be open noon to 5:00pm on Easter Sunday, April 20th. See you here!

Times: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $8


Sunday

Apr

20

Build With WoodBuild With Wood

Grab a hammer, a saw, and some nails and get ready to build with wood in The Shop!

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


Sunday

Apr

20

Chocolate TastingTaste the Difference

Have you ever wondered what the difference between dark, milk and white chocolate is? In this experiment, use your hands, eyes and tastebuds to find out the answer.

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


Wednesday

Apr

23

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Small Wonder Wednesday is now weekly! 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

Apr

23

Build With WoodBuild With Wood

Grab a hammer, a saw, and some nails and get ready to build with wood in The Shop!

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


Wednesday

Apr

23

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

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, April 23rd 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


Wednesday

Apr

23

Earth DayEarth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with an artistic exploration into the ways we can use reclaimed materials to create things like fashion accessories and bookmarks.

Times: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Wednesday

Apr

23

Taiko TsurunokaiTaiko Tsurunokai

It is said that the beating of the Taiko drum echoes the beating of the heart and the rolling of thunder. See and feel the power of these drums during these performances followed by hands-on drum exploration.

Times: 6:15pm, 7:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Friday

Apr

25

Social ScienceAdults-only fun at The Discovery

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, 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
Tickets: Purchase online or call 775-786-1000


Saturday

Apr

26

Earth DayEarth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with an artistic exploration into the ways we can use reclaimed materials to create things like fashion accessories and bookmarks.

Times: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Saturday

Apr

26

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


Saturday

Apr

26

Lahontan Cutthroat TroutDiscover Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

The Discovery's "Nevada Stories" gallery is now home to a school of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Participate in this hands-on activity and you'll learn about the anatomy of this new school of museum inhabitants.

Times: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Sunday

Apr

27

Earth DayEarth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with an artistic exploration into the ways we can use reclaimed materials to create things like fashion accessories and bookmarks.

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


Sunday

Apr

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


Wednesday

Apr

30

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Small Wonder Wednesday is now weekly! 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

Apr

30

Build With WoodBuild With Wood

Grab a hammer, a saw, and some nails and get ready to build with wood in The Shop!

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


Wednesday

Apr

30

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

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, April 30th 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


Wednesday

Apr

30

Lahontan Cutthroat TroutDiscover Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

The Discovery's "Nevada Stories" gallery is now home to a school of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Participate in this hands-on activity and you'll learn about the adaptations that make these desert fish unique.

Times: 4:30 – 7:30pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Ages: Recommended for all ages


Saturday

May

3

Discovery Our WayDiscover Our Way

Join us Saturday, May 3rd, for an exclusive event for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. This event provides an opportunity to enjoy family time at the museum in a safe, understanding environment and allows parents to network with one another.

For more information about this event, please contact Meghan Schiedel at mschiedel@nvdm.org or 775-398-5923.

Supported in part by a grant from  CVS Caremark

Time: 8:00 – 10:00am
Cost: Members free, nonmembers $4


Saturday

May

3

Squiggle BotsSquiggle Bots

Stop by The Shop, The Discovery's newest hands-on space, to build your very own Squiggle Bot, a robot that draws as it moves, creating unique autonomous masterpieces.

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


Sunday

May

4

Squiggle BotsSquiggle Bots

Stop by The Shop, The Discovery's newest hands-on space, to build your very own Squiggle Bot, a robot that draws as it moves, creating unique autonomous masterpieces.

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


Wednesday

May

7

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Small Wonder Wednesday is now weekly! 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

May

7

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

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, May 7th 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


Wednesday

May

7

Squiggle BotsSquiggle Bots

Stop by The Shop, The Discovery's newest hands-on space, to build your very own Squiggle Bot, a robot that draws as it moves, creating unique autonomous masterpieces.

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


Wednesday

May

14

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Small Wonder Wednesday is now weekly! 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

May

14

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

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, May 14th 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

May

17

Lucky LizardsLucky Lizards

Local herpetological expert Dave Boland is making another visit to The Discovery. This time, he's bringing his lizard friends. Learn about the characteristics that differentiate a lizard from a snake and other reptiles in this hands-on presentation.

Times: 11:30am for ages 6 and under and 12:30pm for ages 7 and up.
Cost: $3 members, $3 nonmembers
Register: Use the links below or call 775-786-1000
11:30am (Ages 6 and under)     12:30pm (Ages 7 and up)


Wednesday

May

21

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Small Wonder Wednesday is now weekly! 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

May

21

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

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, May 21st 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

May

23

The Discovery After DarkThe Discovery After Dark

Don't miss The Discovery After Dark—a night at the museum exclusively for middle and high school students. Get creative with a variety of art projects. Explore weird science with hands-on experiments. Get down to the sounds of a live DJ, share it all from a Facebook photo booth, and more!

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


Wednesday

May

28

Small Wonder WednesdaySmall Wonder Wednesday

Small Wonder Wednesday is now weekly! 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

May

28

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

Visit The Discovery after 4pm on Wednesday, May 28th 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

June

28

Turtles & TortoisesTurtles & Tortoises

Join local herpetological expert Dave Boland for a hands-on look at the differences between turtles and tortoises and learn more about the adaptations that make these reptiles very unique.

Times: 11:30am for ages 6 and under and 12:30pm for ages 7 and up.
Cost: $3 members, $3 nonmembers
Register: Use the links below or call 775-786-1000
11:30am (Ages 6 and under)     12:30pm (Ages 7 and up)


Saturday

Aug

9

Reptiles Great & SmallReptiles Great & Small

Reptiles come in all shapes and sizes! Join herpetological expert Dave Boland for a hands-on look at a variety of animals from the reptile world and learn what makes each of them specially equipped for their environment.

Times: 11:30am for ages 6 and under and 12:30pm for ages 7 and up.
Cost: $3 members, $3 nonmembers
Register: Use the links below or call 775-786-1000
11:30am (Ages 6 and under)     12:30pm (Ages 7 and up)


Social Science

Adults-only fun at The Discovery!
Friday, April 25 · 6:00pm


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