Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

A Day in the Life

In this exhibit, the visitor will have a turn at the pilot wheel to see how busy the river traffic has been over the last 24 hours or as far back as a week. With a camera mounted on the museum’s rooftop, the view the visitor has is of the confluence of the... Learn more

News & Events

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
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  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... Learn more
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

Educational Programs

Mound Builders was awarded a 2015 Kentucky History Award 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,... Learn more
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Teachers may sign out an “education box” for a small refundable deposit. Boxes will be tailored to meet specific program areas
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