Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

Get connected to the river with this exhibit.   With a live feed from a camera on our roof, zoom in on all the boats currently on the river in front of the center.   See what kinds of vessels are moving, which are tied up, and what cargo is being moved on the river.  ... 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

Teachers may sign out an “education box” for a small refundable deposit. Boxes will be tailored to meet specific program areas
Summer Camp (Wednesdays on the Waterfront)  is a day-long camp for youngsters K-3rd.  Emphasis is placed on all things related to the riparian environment. The fun begins at the riverfront with the campers getting connected to the rivers. They will engage in a question/answer session as... Learn more
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
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