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Here you’ll find press releases from Discovery Park of America. Discovery Park offers guests a one-of-a-kind, transformational experience that provides an unlimited treasure trove of stories for journalists and bloggers. Here, you’ll find information for those wanting to produce news stories or blog posts about our museum and heritage park. If you have questions, need additional information or have facts you would like checked, please contact Katie Jarvis at or call 731-885-5455.

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The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

March 24, 2020

Discovery Park of America Shares Educational Content on Social Media 

UNION CITY, TENN. — While the coronavirus pandemic has closed down museums around the world, many of them, like Discovery Park, are using social media to provide a unique look at their collections. MORE

March 16, 2020

Discovery Park of America To Close To The Public Through March 31, 2020

Earlier today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee urged all Tennessee schools to close “as soon as practically possible.” At the latest, Lee said all schools should be closed by Friday and remain closed through March 31. MORE

March 11, 2020

Discovery Park of America Unveils Updated Website

Union City, Tenn.— Discovery Park of America has unveiled an updated mobile-friendly website at that includes more photos, better navigation and an improved online experience that will allow users to gain a better understanding of what they will find at the museum and heritage park. MORE

March 9, 2020

Discovery Park Presents Awards at First Gala and Fundraiser

Union City, Tenn.— On Saturday evening, March 7, Discovery Park of America honored seven individuals who, like the museum and heritage park, bring enlightenment, awareness and education to those whose lives they’ve touched. MORE

Jan. 27, 2020

Discovery Park of America Experiences a Record-Breaking Number of Visitors in January 2020

UNION CITY, Tenn.—If you’ve driven by the Discovery Park of America parking lot in Union City this January, you have no doubt seen the cars filling the parking lot. Visitors from around the country have been taking advantage of the opportunity for children under the age of 17 to visit for free. MORE

Jan. 23, 2020

Nutrien Ag Solutions, Simmons Bank and Others to Partner with Discovery Park of America on Exhibit about Innovation in Agriculture

UNION CITY, Tenn.—Today, Discovery Park of America announced the initial sponsors and partners for “AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival.” The permanent exhibit, dedicated to telling the story of innovation in agriculture, will open Oct. 22, 2020 and will be located in the 8,900-square-foot building that currently houses the museum and heritage park’s antique tractor exhibit. The building will be named the Simmons Bank Ag Center. MORE

Jan. 7, 2020

Members-Only Sneak Peek at New Temporary Exhibit “Astronaut” with Special Guests including Space Shuttle Astronaut and NASA Operations Support Manager

Union City, Tenn. – Discovery Park of America will be launching the latest temporary exhibit with a special, members-only sneak peek featuring Dr. Lawrence DeLucas, Principal Scientist at the Aerospace Corporation, in a program at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020. MORE

Nov. 26, 2019

Discovery Park of America Joins Millions Around the World Celebrating GivingTuesday on Dec. 3

Union City, Tenn.— Discovery Park of America will be participating in GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement, created to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on Tues. Dec. 3, 2019. MORE

Nov. 13, 2019

Discovery Park of America to Host Temporary Exhibit “Astronaut”

Union City, Tenn. – Discovery Park of America announced today that the museum will be bringing “Astronaut” to West Tennessee in 2020. This popular exhibit allows guests to explore the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration and to discover what life is like outside Earth’s atmosphere. MORE

Nov. 8, 2019

Local World War II Veteran Donates Model of Bridge to Discovery Park of America

Union City, Tenn. – A very special guest visited on Thurs., Nov. 7, to see an artifact he donated installed in the World War II section of The Military Gallery at Discovery Park of America. T. Joe Walker of Martin, Tenn., donated a model of a WWII-era fixed timber trestle bridge to Discovery Park, and it represents just one of many bridges that he helped build when he served in the 163rd Engineer Combat Battalion in the U.S. Army during WWII. MORE

Nov. 6, 2019

Discovery Park of America Announces Award Winners

Union City, Tenn.Discovery Park of America has announced an annual award that will recognize individuals from West Tennessee whose work, like that of the museum and heritage park, brings enlightenment, awareness and education to those whose lives they’ve touched. The inaugural award gala and fundraiser, to be held on March 7, 2020 will bring together thought leaders, policymakers, philanthropists and others to celebrate the winners, all of whom have deep roots in West Tennessee. MORE

Oct. 1, 2019

Children 17 and Younger to be Offered Free Admission to Discovery Park of America in Jan. 2020

Union City, Tenn.— Discovery Park of America and Magnolia Place Assisted Living announced today that Magnolia Place will pay for Discovery Park of America admission for all children 17 and younger as a way to pay tribute to and memorialize Jenny Kirkland. Kirkland, who died in Aug. 2019, was married to the museum and park’s founder, Robert Kirkland and has continued to play an active role in the organization since his death in 2015. MORE

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