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 the museum 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 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

Ingram Barge Company recently made a generous contribution to the River Discovery Center. Because of this, our Skippers program is coming back to the classroom! Skippers is a customizable educational program that emphasizes the importance of the river and towing industry. Through this program,... Learn more
Chairman, Nathan RowtonTo many, he is a friend, mentor, supporter, but more importantly, family. Nathan Rowton was born and raised in Paducah, KY. After graduating from Paducah Tilghman High School, Nathan went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Murray State... Learn more

Educational Programs

Summer Camp Registration Open Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Registration Forms Pay Online
 All scouts are welcome to contact RDC to learn ways we can help you achieve your scouting goals. Service hours and projects are available upon request. We are open to meeting with scouts about Eagle Scout project proposals. 
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 on... Learn more
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