Discovery Park of America, located in Union City, TN, offers visitors a world-class educational and entertainment experience with more than 70,000 SF of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art.
The mission of Discovery Park of America is to enhance the educational experience of children and adults and to inspire them to see beyond their current level of knowledge.
The Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation is Discovery Park’s principal benefactor. The Kirklands are long-time supporters of education in the area. Their foundation has donated approximately $80 million to the creation of Discovery Park and has created a program of $2-3 million continuing support after opening for operational support and expansion.
The centerpiece of Discovery Park is Discovery Center, a 100,000-square-foot building showcasing ten exhibit galleries: Children’s Exploration, Energy, Enlightenment, Military, Native Americans, Natural History, Regional History, Science/Space/Technology, and Transportation. In addition, a Special Exhibit Gallery features traveling exhibits.
Discovery Center’s multi-story atriums are filled with exhibits that invite visitors to open their minds to a greater understanding and appreciation of our world…past, present and future. Highlights include:
Discovery Center also includes a Grand Hall with space for meetings and social events for groups of approximately 300 people, as well as a Tower Room that accommodates about 70 people.
Discovery Park’s 50-acre site offers visitors a variety of experiences.
Discovery Park of America is a cooperative endeavor with the citizens of Union City, as well as Obion and surrounding counties. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers helped to plan each area of the venue. Local and state government also played an active role in the Park’s development.
Discovery Center was designed by noted Boston Museum Architects Verner Johnson Inc. The exhibits were designed by Thinc Design located in New York. Maltbie was the exhibit fabricator from New Jersey. Aquarium displays and systems were designed and installed by Tenji . The landscape was done by Richie Smith Associates from Memphis, Tennessee.