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Open from 10am - 5pm.
Closed Wednesdays through March 15.

The Museum will close on Saturday, March 4 at 3pm to prepare for our annual fundraising event,

Museum Hours

Open every day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*EXTENDED HOURS: Saturday, April 1 - Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reserve Tickets

All General Admission tickets are non-refundable.

All discounted tickets are available to purchase at Guest Relations with proper discount documentation. Discounted ticket purchases are subject to availability.

WIC and Pandemic EBT cards are not accepted for discounted tickets.

CDM is not an ASTC reciprocal institution.

View ACM network brochure to see qualifying reciprocal museums.

PLEASE NOTE: Our dinosaur exhibit, formerly known as Excavation Station, is currently closed for renovation until late summer 2023. However, all other exhibits are open to explore!

Plan ahead and purchase tickets online in advance. Due to capacity limits, Creative Discovery Museum may sell out - especially on weekends or holidays.

Tickets are valid for the entire day, including exit and reentry into the Museum. See Guest Relations for a stamp to come and go as you please!

View other Frequently Asked Questions on the VISIT page.

If you have questions regarding tickets, please email or call (423) 648-6052.


General Admission
Seniors (65+)
Museums for All EBT Discount
Law Enforcement outside of Hamilton County with ID
Military with ID
Foster Parents & Children
Local Police & Firefighters with ID

Complimentary Tickets

As a favorite southeast Tennessee destination, we receive a high volume of donation requests each month. We are happy to consider a donation (4 general admission tickets) to other non-profit organizations when provided with the following details:

Name of non-profit organization
Name and date of fundraising event
Name/Title and contact information of non-profit organization representative
Mailing address

While we wish that we could grant all requests, as a non-profit organization we must limit the number of contributions we make annually. Donations are limited to one-per-year and must be submitted 6 weeks in advance of your event for approval and processing.