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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 January 9, 2021 through February 13, 2021 from 9:30am-5pm Monday through Saturday.  (The Center is following safety guidelines recommended by the state of Kentucky.)

The River Discovery Center and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by... read more

Rare messages in a bottle memorabilia, 

filled with raw, human emotion. 

Found along the 

Mississippi River and other US rivers 

by 2013 CNN Hero of the Year,

Chad Pregracke, 

the Living Lands & Waters crew and the 

many volunteers over

19 years of river clean-ups.

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Join us for the opening of
EJ's Otterville
a new play area for pre-school and
elementary school age children.
Wednesday, October 25th

Bring your children or grandchildren.
Come hear about our great new membership
program.  Reciprocal Benefits include 
FREE admission to over
Science Centers in the US!

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Paducah Dragon Boat races earn silver for 'Best Festival'

EJ Abell (from left), Julie Harris and Dana Marvin of the River Discover Center in Paducah accept the silver award for Best Festival on behalf of the Paducah Dragon Boat Festival from the Southeast Festival and Events Association in Lexington on Tuesday. 

The ceremony was held Tuesday in conjunction with... read more

Today the River Discovery Center announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.  The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.... read more

Dragon Boat Festival

Frankfort, Kentucky, September 8, 2015 – The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has selected the Dragon Boat Festival as part of their 2015 Fall Top Festivals & Events.

The River Discovery Center brings the fastest growing international team sport to the heart of America’s inland waterways.  The 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is held on the Ohio River, and the one-day event attracts over 7,000 people.  Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese sport dating back more than 2,500 years.  Each boat measure 41 feet, carry up to... read more

River Discovery Center Receives KHS 2015 History Award

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presented the River Discovery Center in Paducah with a 2015 History Award in the education category Nov. 6 at its annual meeting and history awards presentation in Frankfort.

The center received the award for the Mound Builders Program, an all-day field trip that provides an immersive experience in which students take part in hands-on activities that introduce them to daily life of  indigenous Native Americans. Students also... read more