Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Become a Member of the River Discovery Center!
Your family enjoys unlimited entry to RDC and more than 550 museums and science centers!

Find a list of the Participating museums in the following links.

Association of Science and Technology Center Museums


Southeastern Museums

Call us today 270-575-9958, or click HERE to print our membership form.


Featured Exhibit

The 7 music stations located throughout the exhibit area pay homage to three  historic steamboats: Glendy Burke, Shawneetown and  John Gilbert  and 4 captains of that era as well: Nye, Miller, Ryman and Richardson. 

"Glendy Burke" ... Learn more

Educational Programs

Adopt-a-Towboat is a year-long educational program which matches up a real towboat and its crew with a classroom in the region. The local towboat companies commit one of their vessels as an off-site,  teaching  "classroom" as the students learn about the industry and its impact... Learn more
Skippers is an educational offering for all area 3rd graders. It is sponsored by Ingram Barge Company and includes a tour of the center’s exhibits, time in the navigation simulator, a classroom session and the film shown in the theater. The teacher may choose from a list customized programs... Learn more
When available, staff members will come to your school to present educational programming. There will be a small transportation fee for schools outside of Paducah. If interested, please call, 270-575-9958 or email,,  E.J. Abell, Director of Education. Programs... Learn more
Animal Encounters is a 3-hour program for second graders. RDC partners with The Land Between the Lakes Nature Station to teach children about animals in our riparian environment. The students are divided into rotations as they visit the various stations. The program meets Core Content for second... Learn more