Discovery museum

Discovery Museum, a convenient science center for all ages

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum – more commonly known as The Discovery – has become a must-see for local students, and for good reason: the destination has positioned itself at the intersection of culture and the education, offering exhibits and activities to keep young minds flourishing.

But the management of The Discovery wants to make one thing clear: Contrary to rumor, you don’t have to have children to visit the museum.

“What we hope people know about The Discovery is that it’s not just for kids,” said Patrick Turner, director of marketing and communications for The Discovery. “We want our community to think of The Discovery as they think of the Exploratorium in San Francisco or the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland – a world-class, hands-on science center for all ages.”

The Discovery is northern Nevada's home to science, technology, engineering, art, and math - or STEAM.

To that end, Turner notes that every gallery in The Discovery has some sort of technological component, most of which cater to multiple generations. The management team take seriously the museum’s reputation as a northern Nevada hotbed for science, technology, engineering, art, and math – or STEAM -.

“The most technologically advanced gallery we’ve created to date is called Inside Out: an Anatomy Experience,” said Turner. “Inside Out explores the subjects of human anatomy and health sciences, high-tech digital components are therefore a must! “

Presenting an appeal to higher education – not just to the age groups who come to The Discovery in big yellow school buses – is the museum’s latest exhibit, titled “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants. “. The National Geographic exhibit makes its first stop on what will likely be a world tour.

The most technologically advanced gallery created to date in The Discovery is called “Inside Out: an Anatomy Experience”.  Pictured: The vein viewer upside down.

It presents the research of Zeb Hogan, member of National Geographic and professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“The Discovery is very pleased to present the work of Zeb, which is a prime example of the amazing scientific research that is based here in our community,” said Turner. “The exhibit features a number of interesting exhibits that combine physical experiences with digital components to help visitors understand the impact we humans have on our environment.”

With its monster fish, hands-on exhibits of human anatomy, creative space for all ages and more, The Discovery, Turner notes, finds itself in the midst of an evolution all its own – one that combines a fun, family-oriented learning with broad community appeal.

The Shop is The Discovery's creative space.  Visitors of all ages can tour the space to use real tools and materials to design and build anything they can imagine.

“Visitors can witness The Discovery’s transformation from a children’s museum to a hands-on science center,” said Turner. “This progression is part of the museum’s long-term plan to serve our entire community, not just families with young children, with in-depth opportunities to explore science.

Learn more about The Discovery – including guided tours offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of current exhibits and new exhibits underway – at NCET’s Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Kids are welcome, but not required. Details can be found at NCET is a non-profit, member-supported event to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology.

Mikalee Byerman is Director of Audience Engagement for The Estipona Group ( and Vice President of Communications for NCET.