Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

Take a Turn at the Wheel

In this state-of-the-art audio visual experience, you can “captain” a speed boat, a towboat or a Coast Guard vessel in a variety of scenarios, including daytime or nighttime.   The center’s simulator, the first of its kind to be open... Learn more

Educational Programs

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, ej@riverdiscoverycenter.org,  E.J. Abell, Director of Education. Programs... Learn more
Teacher FAQ’sWhat are the tour choices?You may come for a self-guided tour, a guided tour or an all-day visit with educational programming, available for K-12. Reservation is required. A self-guided tour will require at least 1.5 hours for an average classroom. This type of visit... Learn more
Mound Builders was awarded a 2015 Kentucky History Award Mound Builders is an off-site classroom program for 5th grade students in partnership with school districts. Students come to the center for a 3-hour program that meets Core Content standards in science, mathematics, economics, history,... Learn more