Adventure Science Center Hosts Opening Reception for Wonders of the Universe

Now Open to the Public.

Nashville, TN- On Wednesday, May 29, Adventure Science Center hosted an invitation-only preview reception for the newly renovated gallery, Wonders of the Universe.

Guests heard from an esteemed panel of speakers including Leah Melber, Ph.D. - President & CEO of Adventure Science Center, Josh Trusley - Managing Partner at EY and science center Board Chair, Deana Ivey - President & CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and Judge Sheila Calloway - Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge. Additional co-hosts included Winston Justice - Wealth Advisor at Bernstein Private Wealth Management and current science center Board member, and Ron Samuels - Vice Chairman of Pinnacle Financial Partners. Special acknowledgement was also given to The Røros Foundation for their investment to bring Wonders of the Universe to life.

Adventure Science Center's Mars Curiosity rover, which is on loan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is the only rover on display in Tennessee. Deana Ivey remarked, "We are so excited for this [gallery] to open. Nashville has something that no one else has."

Attendees marveled at the size of the Curiosity rover which stands at almost 7 feet tall, learned about the engineering that makes planetary exploration possible, examined additional artifacts on loan from JPL, and had access to a Deinonychus cast as a small preview of Fossil Frontiers which is currently under construction on the first floor.

Wonders of the Universe, which was fully designed and constructed by science center staff, is now open to the public. The gallery is located on the second floor and access is included in the cost of general admission. More details can be found here.

Media tours can be scheduled by contacting Suzanna Best - VP of Marketing and Communications at (615) 401-5117 or

About Adventure Science Center

For over 75 years, Adventure Science Center has been bringing science to life for students, teachers, and families in Middle Tennessee and across the U.S. the organization offers engaging learning experiences and science fun through hands-on, interactive exhibits, innovative programs, and full-dome productions in the state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium. Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Each year the science center provides reduced or free admission to more than 20,000 guests and remains free for teachers and MNPS students.

Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville. For more information, visit or contact Suzanna Best, VP of Marketing and Communications, at(615) 401-5117 or