All New Hands On! Discovery Center to Open June 14th

Hands On! Museum has relocated to Gray Fossil Site and will re-open as the Hands On! Discovery Center on June 14th. The project will re-invent the space at the Gray Fossil Site Museum and become an all ages Discovery Center dedicated to STEM education and serving as a premier family destination and tourism attraction.Hands On! Museum entered into a collaborative agreement with ETSU in 2016 to manage the day-to- day museum operations at the Gray Fossil Site Museum with the goal of relocating there entirely by the end of this year. Since then, Hands On! has worked with ETSU to expand the educational program offering and continued to educate visitors on the fossils found at the site while also completing a mater plan for new exhibit content. The new Hands On! Discovery Center is the first and only all-ages science museum in the region and is a unique blend of natural history, interactive science exhibits and art.

“Opening the Hands On! Discovery Center represents incredible vision and foresight from the museum’s Board of Directors, leadership at ETSU, and community leaders,” said Andy Marquart, Executive Director. “The Hands On! Discovery Center will be a top destination for families, a regional community centerpiece, and an invaluable learning asset for students and teachers for the foreseeable future.”

The Board of Directors of Hands On! have been searching for a more suitable location for the museum for  over two decades. The new Hands On! Discovery Center will feature brand-new state of the art exhibits combined with classic favorites from the current location. There will be over 12,000 additional square feet of interactive space at the museum. Two additional feature exhibit spaces will come online later this year  including a children’s pollinator garden and a three-story climber dedicated to the discoveries at the fossil site.


• Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (extended to 7pm during March, June, July & August)
• Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
• Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (during March, June, July & August only)


Adults & Children (3+): $10
Children (2 & under): FREE
FREE Admission for Members

For additional information, go to visithandson.org or call (423) 434-4263.