Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

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

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

Educational Programs

When available, staff members will come to your school to present educational programming. There will be a small transportation fee for schools outside of Paducah. If interested, please call, 270-575-9958 or email, ej@riverdiscoverycenter.org,  E.J. Abell, Director of Education. Programs... Learn more
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
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
Summer Camp (Wednesdays on the Waterfront)  is a day-long camp for youngsters K-2nd.  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