Murfreesboro Mama: 4 Reasons to visit Discovery Center in January

Jan 11, 2022 at 11:05 am by Laura Beth Payne

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When winter weather hits it's time for the fun to head inside! Warm up with these exciting events and programs happening this month at Discovery Center.

1. The Updated Train Depot

Discovery Center has partnered with Ascend Federal Credit Union on the naming of its Train Depot exhibit. The five-year sponsorship provides annual funding to the museum and showcases Ascend’s brand and history for visitors entering the Depot.

Visitor can put on a conductor’s hat and help run the Discovery Center trains. Future train engineers can dress up as railroad engineers, buy a ticket, and explore the Depot. The exhibit is open during normal museum hours and is included with admission.

“The Train Depot is an exhibit filled with awe and wonder and is a favorite destination for families at Discovery Center,” said museum CEO Tara MacDougall. “You can often overhear cherished stories being shared by grandparents with their grandchildren. We are so appreciative of Ascend Federal Credit Union and their most generous support of this exhibit.”

"We are so excited to partner with the Discovery Center and its most popular attraction, the Train Depot," said Erin Spence, Ascend's Assistant Vice President of Business Development. "This area of the museum has created memories for thousands of visitors over the years, and has become a must-see experience for all ages. Ascend is delighted to support such a vibrant part of the Murfreesboro community."

2. Run! Jump! Fly! Exhibit
Starting Saturday, Jan. 15, families can jump into an action-packed adventure with Discovery Center's new featured exhibit! Try out surfing, snowboarding and kung fu. Scramble your way through a climbing canyon. Make your flycycle flap its wings. Get moving in the Action Star Training Center, and much more! Exhibit included with general admission and free for members. 
3. Mindblowing Matinees
How cold is liquid nitrogen? What is visible light? Do reptiles lay eggs? Join Discovery Center staff as they guide guests through the amazing world of science through hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Held Wednesday - Saturdays,  10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Included with admission. 

4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration (Free Day)
Join Discovery Center in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and story through arts, culture, and more! Free admission. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation. Held Monday, Jan. 17,  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Ready to go? Discovery Center is located at 502 SE Broad St. Murfreesboro. Learn more about these and other upcoming events and exhibits at
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