If you are looking for a unique, fun, and educational indoor activity for children ages one to 100, The Muse may be just what you need. The non-profit facility is Knoxville’s only children’s science museum, with a lot of great activities packed into one location. Every inch of the 4,000 square foot building is utilized to the greatest capacity to create a wonderful and educational experience for all ages. The space continues to grow, with the addition of two new exhibits in 2016, and the recent expansion of its planetarium program.
We recently spent an afternoon at The Muse and found the new additions and continual improvements impressive. If you are considering a trip, here are five great reasons to visit.
Stem Station– According to the Muse’s website, The STEM station is “an obstacle course for the mind.” With multiple interactive exhibits, visitors eight years old and older can explore a variety of hands-on topics. Guests can enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills by building and launching air rockets, learning about pressure systems, creating circuits, designing their own magnetic structures, or building and propelling air cars.
Creative Play. Younger patrons can enjoy play time in The Muse’s “Live Smart. Stay Well” exhibit, where their imaginations are their only limit. Play options include gardening, visiting the Farmer’s Market, preparing healthful meals, an indoor play structure, a healthy kids clinic, and a separate space for the smallest of visitors to safely play.
Recycled Art Space. The Recycled Art MakeSpace is a treat for children of all ages. Guests can choose from a generously procured selection of recycled supplies to create unique pieces of art to enjoy on site or take home.
Planetarium. The Muse boasts Knoxville’s only open access planetarium, where visitors can see a variety of shows or even view a live-guided star tour of Knoxville’s skies. Planetarium shows are an additional $2 per person (free for members), but are well worth the extra cost.
Supporting Stem Initiatives. Visiting The Muse supports the non-profit’s mission of inspiring and empowering generations at the intersection of science and art. The admission fees are very affordable at $7 for everyone age two to 64 and free admission for teachers or military personnel with an ID. If you are local, there area also several membership options available, and some include reciprocal benefits with other Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC).
If these reasons aren’t enough to visit The Muse, here are a few more favorites from our recent trip.
Have you been to The Muse? What are your favorite exhibits?
For more information about the Muse or to plan a visit, go to http://www.themuseknoxville.org.
I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.