Plan a Visit

Open from 10am - 5pm.

Closed Wednesdays through March 15.

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

321 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Place to Discover

Visit a nationally-ranked children’s museum in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Explore the Scenic City and all it has to offer after a full day of play!

Parking & Amenities +
There are several paid parking lots in close proximity to CDM, including one directly behind the Museum. A free shuttle runs daily throughout downtown Chattanooga.
Eat, shop and explore the outdoors all within walking distance of the Museum.
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Become a Member

Enjoy all the exclusive benefits of a CDM membership, including:

  • Local Business Discounts
  • Unlimited Admission
  • Member-Only Events
  • Museum Discounts
Adults & Children

General Admission

Explore, innovate, create and play.

Online ticket reservations are recommended.

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Group Trips

Come as a class, scout troupe, or organization and discover together.

Admission Discounts

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Code of Conduct & Disclaimer

    At CDM, we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment, valuing the diversity, inclusivity, well-being, and education of all visitors, staff, and volunteers. We respect all backgrounds, beliefs, and diversity as it relates to age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomics, and family structure. It is essential that everyone adheres to this code of conduct to maintain the positive atmosphere that our community values and expects. Inappropriate conduct with staff, volunteers, or other guests will not be tolerated. Visitors and Members assume all risks and responsibilities; Creative Discovery Museum disclaims all liability. Museum Management reserves the right to refuse admission, control occupancy, or eject any person(s), without refund, whose conduct is deemed to be disorderly, inappropriate, or offensive. Creative Discovery Museum reserves the right to prevent or suspend visitation on days other than those announced for any reason, including, but not limited to, reasons of urgent repair or maintenance and acts of nature, without liability of any kind. Purchase of a membership or general admission ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.

  • Smoking and Vaping

    Smoking and vaping are strictly prohibited in the Museum. Any guest seen smoking or vaping will be asked to stop and if they refuse may be asked to leave.

  • Weapons and Firearms

    Firearms or weapons, including pocket knives, are strictly prohibited in the Museum. Security will ask guests to return any firearms or weapons to their vehicle or another secure location away from the building before a guest can enter for their visit.

  • Food and Drink

    To keep our exhibits and Museum clean and operational, no food or drinks are allowed in the Museum except for bottled water with a secure lid. All food and drinks should be consumed on the plaza or in the lobby prior to entering the exhibits.

  • Lockers

    CDM has a limited number of lockers available on a first come, first served basis. Lockers can be rented at Guest Relations for $2/token and used for the duration of your visit. In addition, there is an unattended coat closet in the lobby for jackets. Strollers may be parked in designated areas by Little FarmHouse. CDM is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • Strollers

    To keep the Museum as accessible as possible, and because we have very limited stroller parking, please consider leaving strollers at home or using smaller umbrella-style strollers which are available for free rental with a valid ID at Guest Relations. We understand that a stroller may be necessary for your visit, particularly for those with a disability. If you need to bring a stroller, it must be occupied. Unoccupied strollers should be parked in designated areas in front of Little FarmHouse on the first floor. CDM is not responsible for items left in unattended strollers. There is no stroller parking available on the second floor. All other recreational wheeled devices (wagons, large wagon-style strollers, bikes, skate shoes, etc.) are prohibited.

  • Dress Code

    CDM is committed to providing a safe place for all children and families to explore, innovate, create and play. The safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers is a top priority. CDM will not allow visitors to wear clothing or viewable tattoos that include the following: - Obscene language or images - Hate speech or images. Hate speech or images is defined as public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. It may also include images of known terrorists, leaders, and organizations who have committed hate crimes or crimes against humanity. - Inciting violence. This includes, but is not limited to, statements of intent to commit violence, statements that advocate for violence, violent calls to action, images of violence or images encouraging violence against a particular person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

  • Last Ticket

    Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before the Museum closes. We recommend purchasing tickets online in advance of your visit to the Museum. Due to capacity limits, CDM may sell out, especially on weekends or holidays. Purchase or reserve tickets at

  • Unsupervised Children

    Unaccompanied children will not be granted admission to the Museum. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed inside the Museum without supervision. Children 12 and under may be supervised by a person 13 years or older. If the person supervising is between the ages of 13 to 15, an adult must come inside and sign a permission slip at the ticket desk in the presence of a Museum staff member. Children 13 - 15 years old may visit the Museum without an adult only if an adult has come into the building and signed the permission slip at the ticket desk. CDM is not responsible for supervising during this visit or for ensuring children remain in the building. Even with parental permission, the Museum does not have the legal right to detain anyone of any age in the building. Children 16 years and older are considered adults and do not need to be accompanied by adults. If visiting without accompanying children, guests must leave a valid photo ID at Guest Relations.

  • Recommended Visit Time

    We recommend that you allow at least two hours to enjoy your visit.

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Discovery for Everyone

Learn more about our accessibility programs and one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Deep Dive for A Week

Our week-long camps make science and art come alive for children and immerse them in a playful, learning-rich environment.

Host Your Next Party

From birthday parties to corporate events, throw the party of the year at CDM!

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Take a part of the Museum home with you when you shop in person and let the learning continue! All purchases support CDM’s mission.

Educator Resources

We never forget about the dedicated educators of our community. That's why we provide resources that can't be found anywhere else.

Hands on Discovery

From PlayGym to Innovation Clubs, our programs inspire children to find their passions. That's why we are a leader in experiential learning in Chattanooga.