Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

  • Congratulations 2018 Dragon Boat Champions "Cook Coal, Boats & Rows"
  • Congratulations 2018 Dragon Boat trophy winner "CrossFit, Oars Deep"
  • Congratulations 2018 Dragon Boat Trophy winner "Orthopaedic Institute, Bone Collectors"


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

News & Events

RIVER DISCOVERY CENTER EARNS 2018 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE PADUCAH, KENTUCKY/USA – May 25, 2018 – The River Discovery Center today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that have... Learn more

Educational Programs

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
Rivers of Opportunity Career Day is an all-day career fair that invites area high school students to come to the center for an event focusing on river-related careers. Representatives from the towing industry, KY Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Coast Guard and other marine-... 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, ej@riverdiscoverycenter.org,  E.J. Abell, Director of Education. Programs... Learn more