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Address: 315 E Main St, Johnson City, TN 37601-5709
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+1 423-434-4263
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Interactive exhibits, programs, and events to stimulate discovery, thought,...

Interactive exhibits, programs, and events to stimulate discovery, thought, and understanding.

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Great fun for kids!

We bought a annual membership and took the kids a few times. They loved it! It is just as I remembered as a child. The grocery store was my favorite when I was young, and my kids... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought a annual membership and took the kids a few times. They loved it! It is just as I remembered as a child. The grocery store was my favorite when I was young, and my kids loved it too. Sure, they could update and redo everything, but, in my opinion, kids need some good old fashioned hands on fun,... More 

Thank kimiftn
Johnson City, Tennessee
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This place has been built with good intentions but needs some work. We enjoyed the two times that we visited (about one year apart). However, some of the exhibits do not work. There are some stations where kids are supposed to generate bubbles. However, these do not work. These stations spill so much soapy water on the floor that it... More 

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Hands O, Manager at Hands On! Regional Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and especially for giving us specific things that need attention so we can address those quickly. We hope you will continue to visit! More 

Unicoi, Tennessee
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106 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We visit Hands on about every 3 months. The kids love every exhibit. The bank is a favorite for all the kids. So many different things they are entertained for hours. Take your kids here. Affordable.

Thank Drcalain
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Our kids absolutely love this place.. Just like it says HANDS ON. We've been going since I was a kid.

Thank FriendlyTravelerTN
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

I haven't been to "Hands On" in several years. Decided to take my children while on fall break from school. I was surprised to find it run down, out of date, and dirty. Several of the exhibits were broken down and not working properly. The place is not well kept, the floors are sticky, and several of the exhibits are... More 

3 Thank Chase C
Greeneville, Tennessee
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78 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We got annual passes for the Hands On Museum and have been several times. They've recently updated several exhibits. There's lots to do for younger children. They have extra activities throughout the year that are fun and well attended. For the larger events arrive early to avoid parking issues and long waits. The Tesla demonstration (costs extra) was really cool... More 

Thank Tracy W
Church HIll, United States
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Took some family in from Sweden. The place was dirty, run down. I was so dissappointed. The water in the dam smelled moldy. The lights downstairs were dim--I'm sure to cover the dirt. Everything appeared broken or worn out. Very, very sad.

2 Thank Karen J G
Elizabethton, United States
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172 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

i was driving the buss for the school system and we would take young kids hear all the time. It was enjoyable and had so educational value to it. Dose need so updating during the move to gray they may do this.

1 Thank Russell H
Okemos, Michigan
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68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Took our four year old son. Some of the stuff was really fun for him, but some stuff was worn or broken. It definitely needs to be updated. Not bad for a rainy day activity.

Thank MSUBones2010
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We went with our 3 toddlers, it was kinda fun for them but definitely over priced. Everything there was missing things and things were broken ,the kids favorite activity was the thing you throw balls in and it spins around.tbey have that at most malls for free. So we won't be going back when it was over we are like... More 

1 Thank pjmax11

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