Plan Your Visit

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Adults & Children (4+): $10.00
Children (3 & under): FREE
FREE Admission for Members

Capacity is currently limited. Tickets are available on a block schedule: morning 10-1 and afternoon 2-5.  You may arrive any time during your designated time block.  Tickets are limited and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to ensure entrance.  Annual membership holders should make reservations.

Your tickets are only valid for the date and time purchased.  Please double check before you buy your tickets.

Abbreviated Tesla Experience Shows with limited capacity are available at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.  Tickets are sold on a first-come/first-serve basis and are available at the front desk.

Guest passes are available for purchase at the above prices that can be used at a future date. You may contact us or purchase them in our online store.

Payment Info

We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards but recommend you purchase your tickets in advance here.

For guests belonging to other ASTC science centers or museums, please note the following:

  • You must present your valid/active membership card along with a photo ID.
  • Make sure we are not located within 90 miles of your home residence. This distance is measured as a linear radius, not driving distance.  For example, if you live in Washington County, TN and hold a membership from a museum in Florida, we will not accept that membership as admission.
  • Members of the WNC Wildlife Nature Center receive a discounted admission.
  • Please contact us if you have further questions.

Discounts & Coupons

We offer the following discounts on our admission prices:

  • Teachers receive free individual admission

Accepted documents include:

        • School issued ID from school district, charter or private school, co-op, umbrella school, or virtual academy

        • Active state-issued teacher certificate

        • Current affidavit to homeschool

        • Letter from your school district, charter or private school, co-op, umbrella school, or virtual academy where you are registered. This letter must be on letterhead from the organization you have registered.

        • Paystub from school district, charter or private school, co-op, or umbrella school, or virtual academy.

        • State issued home school ID

The following documents do not qualify for teacher admission discount:

        • Lesson plans

        • Letter of intent

        • Attendance record

        • Admissions records

  • AAA members receive $1 off each admission with AAA card and photo ID
  • Senior citizens receive $1 off their individual admission
  • Individuals with a Military ID received $1 off admission
  • ETSU students and faculty receive free individual admission with a current ID

Discounts are not transferrable and only one discount or offer may be applied to each ticket.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer discounts through our on-line ticket sales at this time.  If you qualify for one of the above discounts, please call us at (423) 434-4263 to reserve your tickets.

Service Animals

Qualified service dogs that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability are welcome.  Pets and emotional support animals are not permitted entry to any buildings or outdoor exhibit areas.

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• Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Tickets are available on a block schedule: morning 10-1 and afternoon 2-5.  You may arrive any time during your designated time block.

Check our Facebook page for weather-related or unexpected schedule changes.

Please allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours to fully enjoy and explore all of our exhibits and activities.

Holiday Closings:

We are closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  We are also sometimes closed for fundraisers, please check our events calendar for additional holiday or other closings.

Snow Schedule:

Please check our Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay up to date on closings during inclement weather. We will post any schedule changes as soon as they are made.

COVID-19 OPEN program

Please visit our Play & Wellness Guidelines page for more information about your visit.

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