Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

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490 S. Center St.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Billed as a hands-on science center, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum provides further proof that there's more to do in Reno than sit at a blackjack table. Exploring everything from science and technology to engineering, art and math, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (or "The Discovery" for short) offers a bevy of interactive permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions across its 67,000 square feet. Some of the highlights include a three-story-tall jungle gym that allows visitors to learn about the water cycle and an 80-foot-long interactive replica of the Truckee River.

Recent visitors provided favorable reviews of the museum and especially recommend stopping here if you've got children in tow. Though, travelers were also quick to mention that the museum deserves praise for its ability to engage parents and adults as well. Plus, the museum regularly offers adults-only evening events, such as its annual Chemistry of the Cocktail fundraiser and its Social Science series.

You'll find the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum less than a mile south of downtown Reno. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Sundays the museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 children and $12 for adults costs $10. 

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For the best views (no matter the season), recent visitors recommend a stop at Emerald Bay State Park on the California side of the lake. According to one TripAdvisor user: "It was breathtaking! I now consider it my new favorite place … I got several great shots from Emerald Bay. Very picturesque!!"

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