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Featured Exhibit

Working for America

The inland waterway system spans 25,000 miles throughout the central United States.  The largest part of this network is the Mississippi River System, which includes the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. This exhibit gives the visitor a great perspective of... Learn more

News & Events

The River Discovery Center announces the second annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival to be held at Paducah’s riverfront on Saturday, September 21, 2013 has 32 teams registered.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the educational programs of the center.   Dragon Boat Racing... Learn more
The River Discovery Center hosted over 75 high school students in its inaugural river industry career event.  Held at the center and Maiden Alley Cinema, the event attracted students from Paducah City, McCracken County and Marshall County school districts.  This is the first year for an... Learn 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... Learn more

Educational Programs

Mound Builders is an off-site classroom program for 5th grade students in partnership with school districts. Students come to the center for a 3-hour program that meets Core Content standards in science, mathematics, economics, history, social science, arts and humanities. The experience teaches... Learn more
Rivers of Opportunity Career Day is an all-day career fair that invites area high school students to come to the center for an event focusing on river-related careers. Representatives from the towing industry, KY Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Coast Guard and other marine-... Learn more
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... Learn more
Animal Encounters is a 3-hour program for second graders. RDC partners with The Land Between the Lakes Nature Station to teach children about animals in our riparian environment. The students are divided into rotations as they visit the various stations. The program meets Core Content for second... Learn more