about us

Our Mission

Inspiring visitors of all ages to explore and discover the world we live in through interactive exhibits and creative experiences

  • STEAM - Powered!

    Integrating the sciences, arts & humanities with interdisciplinary exhibits and programming

  • Hands-On, Play-based Learning

    Facilitating a hands-on learning experience with interpretive guides and opportunities to learn through play within the museum

  • Learning Hub

    Building a transformative hub for education and discovery-based learning serving Athens, Southeastern Ohio and the surrounding Appalachian region

Board Members and Staff


Jen Parsons, Executive Director
Kristi Grimes, Education Assistant
Liz Stinaff, Board Secretary
Connie Patterson, Board Treasurer
Kathy Berry
Brent Hartman


Sara Hartman, Board President
Christie Truly, Board Vice President
Jennifer Hines-Bergmeier
Mark Lucas
Debbie Phillips
Tiffany Rowland

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We’re moving!


We will be moving to 67 Columbus Road in Athens, OH in 2017. Stay tuned for details about events and how you can help the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery!


OVMoD Philosophy

Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities at OVMoD we strive to make learning fun. Our events and exhibits are layered so that visitors of all ages will find activities and experiences that appeal to them. We combine aspects of the sciences, arts, and humanities into our exhibits and programming so visitors can explore and discover connections throughout their world. 

OVMoD is committed to providing hands-on exhibits, frequent live programming, and activities to complement and supplement state-based education standards. In this way, we strive to be a unique educational resource for parents, teachers and other educational organizations in Athens, Southeastern Ohio and the surrounding Appalachian region.

Museum Exhibits

OVMoD past exhibits

  • Let’s Dance to the Beat
  • Brain Teasers & Logic Launchers
  • ACE: The Art of Construction and Experimentation
  • Messy Science
  • Defying Gravity
  • Puppet Palooza

Past National Traveling Exhibits

  • Wild Weather (Evansville Museum & NSF)
  • Go Figure! (Minnesota Children’s Museum)
  • Wise About Eyes (Ohio Department of Health)
  • Harry Potter’s World (NIH & Library of Medicine)
  • The Amazing Castle (Minnesota Children’s Museum)

Future exhibits

Do you have an idea for an exhibit or a special presentation? Would your group like to volunteer to set up an exhibit or are you interested in funding a traveling exhibit?

Contact us to learn more and share your ideas!