After nearly 32 years, the center made a big change when it moved to East Tennessee State University’s Gray Fossil Site and Natural Museum near Daniel Boone High School and changed its name to Hands On! Discovery Center.
When Hands On! Museum opened its doors in downtown Johnson City in 1987, it was a marvel for children throughout the community as well as an attraction for tourists.
The Hands-On Discovery Center at the Gray Fossil Site was a beehive of activity on Saturday as kids, parents and grandparents from around the region dropped in for the Darwin Day celebration hosted annually by site’s East Tennessee State University General Shale Natural History Museum.
This year, Darwin Day commemorates 210th birthday of the famous naturalist, who is remembered best for his groundbreaking research into the history of life on Earth.
The Gray Fossil Site and Hands On! Discovery Center will celebrate Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
It’s been a move 23 years in the making.