Group Visits

Choose Your Tour

Dual Discovery Tour

  • $8 per person, Title I $6 per person
  • 3 hours long
  • Includes all areas from the Stellar STEAM Tour and Fossil Finder Tour.
  • A showing of The Tesla Experience may be added for an additional $3.

Stellar STEAM Tour

  • $7 per person, Title I $5 per person
  • 2 hours long
  • Includes program and exploration time in each of the three exhibit halls.
  • A showing of The Tesla Experience may be added for an additional $3. A Paleo Tour that includes a tour of the dig site and lab may be added for an additional $3.  Both may be added for an additional $5.

Fossil Finder Tour

  • $7 per person, Title I $5 per person
  • 1 1/2 hours long
  • Includes a tour of the Paleo exhibit hall, introduction to the lab and archaeology specimens on display, a tour of the dig site, and a micro-fossil picking activity from an Ice Age marine site in Aurora, NC.
  • A showing of the Tesla Experience may be added for an additional $3.

How to Make a Reservation:

You can make a reservation by phone (423-434-4263 ext. 808) or by submitting your information through e-mail at reservations@visithandson.org and someone will be in touch with you. We recommend you make reservations at least three weeks in advance. A reservation is required for all groups of ten or more. Groups of 25 or more are required to tour in a structured format, smaller groups may be self-guided, if desired. Reservations must be made in order to receive a group discount.

Please have the following information ready when you make a reservation:

  • Group/School Name
  • Contact Person
  • Address and Phone Number
  • Visiting Dates you are interested in
  • Possible Arrival Times
  • Age/Grade of Group
  • Which tour would your group like?
  • Do you want your group to receive a showing of The Tesla Experience for an additional $3.
  • Do you want your group to receive a Paleo Tour for an additional $3.
  • Do you want to eat lunch at our facility?
    • You must bring your own food, we do not provide food.
    • Lunch at Hands On! will add thirty minutes to your stay.
    • Lunch room fee:
      • 10-50 people – $25
      • 50+ people – $35
  • # of Children expected to visit
  • # of Adult Chaperones
  • # of Teachers/Group Leaders
  • Time you would like to eat, if using our lunch facility

You will receive a written confirmation of your reservation. Please verify that all of the information listed is correct and bring this letter with you on the day of your visit. If we do not have a written confirmation of your reservation you may be charged the regular admission fee or denied entry based on capacity.

Prices and Payment Information:

To qualify for a group rate you must make a reservation and have at least 10 paying people in the group.  The following prices are for adults/chaperones and children ages 4 and older:

  • Dual Discovery Tour – $8.00
  • Stellar STEAM Tour – $7.00
  • Fossil Finder Tour – $7.00
  • A $2 discount is available for students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Other discounts through grant funding may be available.  Please ask at the time of your reservation.
  • Teachers – free
  • Children 3 and younger – free

You may pay using a check, credit card (VISA, MasterCard), or purchase order.

Please note: a child with a family membership still must pay the regular group admission fee due to the additional programming they will receive.

Please make sure to bring the written confirmation of your reservation or you may be charged the regular admission rate.

Special Discounts:

Discount offers may be available, please ask when making your reservation.

What to Expect During Your Group Visit:

When your group arrives, please send a representative in to check-in and pay. Staff will then welcome your group and get you started on your tour.

Your group will be divided into smaller groups of 15-25 students each. We make every effort to separate students by class, but depending on class and overall group size, classes may be divided or combined as needed. Students will then rotate in their small groups around the different areas in 20-30 minute rotations depending on the duration of the stay. In each rotation area, they will receive a program led by our Discovery Guide staff and time for organized free exploration. All programs are tied to the Tennessee State Curriculum standards.

The Museum’s lunch facilities are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please let us know when you make your reservation if you would like to eat here. There is an additional charge for this service.

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