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

and

Southeastern Museums

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

 

Featured Exhibit

The economy of our river is critical to our nation’s infrastructure and with Paducah as the hub our inland waterways, it is important to see the impact of our river economy.   Our waterway’s system of locks and dams are critical to maintaining river traffic as well as... Learn more

News & Events

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, in cooperation with the Kentucky Humanities Council, presents “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” The exhibition examining the evolving landscape of rural American opens at the River Discovery Center in downtown Paducah. “Crossroads” will be on view from... Learn more
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

The River Discovery Center offers 3-4 summer day camps every year for grades K-8 in June and July.Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest information on Summer Camps.
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 includes... Learn more
The River Discovery Center is now offering grade specific Outreach Programs for Elementary School students.  Please contact Julie Harris at 270-575-9958 or jharris@riverdiscoverycenter.org for more information. 
Skippers is an educational offering for all area 3rd graders. This program is sponsored by Ingram Barge Company and is FREE to all third-grade classes. The Skippers Program includes a tour of the center’s exhibits, time in the navigation simulator, a classroom session and the film shown in the... Learn more