Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

The 7 music stations located throughout the exhibit area pay homage to three  historic steamboats: Glendy Burke, Shawneetown and  John Gilbert  and 4 captains of that era as well: Nye, Miller, Ryman and Richardson. 

"Glendy Burke" ... Learn more

News & Events

Book signing! Paducah Wall to Wall celebrates 20 years of Dafford Murals on this river town's floodwall. To commemorate two decades of art and history in downtown Paducah, artist Bill Ford has created a series of coloring books illustrating each panel. Three volumes of books are being... Learn more
River Discovery Center Receives KHS 2015 History AwardFRANKFORT, 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... Learn more

Educational Programs

staff members will visit a school, classroom, or career fair to discuss river-related topics.
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
Teachers may sign out an “education box” for a small refundable deposit. Boxes will be tailored to meet specific program areas