Discovery Park of America
, a $100 million museum and education center for children and adults, opened in November 2013 in Union City, Tennessee. The exhibits focus on history, science, technology and art. Discovery Center, the 100,000-sq.-ft. main building of the complex, has 10 permanent galleries and a rotating exhibit gallery. Exhibits include an earthquake simulator, a 20,000-gallon aquarium, a 48-ft. replica of the human body, an interactive starship theater, vintage cars and military equipment. Galleries dedicated to different time periods include fossils, dinosaur skeletons and taxidermied historical species. The Grand Hall in Discovery Center can accommodate up to 300 for meetings and events. A boxed lunch menu is available for groups of all ages.
The 50-acre outdoor park has many areas of interest: a replica of an 1800s-era town; Liberty Hall, which includes replicas of the Mayflower Compact, Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence; a depiction of 20th-century farm life; a 100-year-old chapel; and a 120-ft. observation tower (shown). The chapel can hold 130 people for events, and a room at the top of the observation tower can hold 70. The gardens on the property showcase flora from Japan, Europe and the United States. There is also an amphitheater for outdoor events.
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