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Discovery Place

Discovery Place
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Discovery Place Science is a science and technology museum designed for all ages, located in Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility's … See more



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Jan 14, 2023
Terrible, expensive, noisy, unclean, outdated & wornout exhibits! This was the WORST children’s museum I have ever been to… Do not waste your time or $$$$ here! Full review by Denice F
Sep 11, 2022
IDEAL hands-on learning experience for both parents and kids. My husband and i brought our four-month-old to Discovery place this week (ok we enjoyed the science more than she did) and spent four h… Full review by madelynarion
Aug 28, 2022
A good place to spend some time exploring and having fun. The kids really enjoyed it and parents can have fun with them if they like. Full review by ashleygF6540TL


Fun Way to Explore Science
Discovery Place is Charlotte's science museum. Past visitors say this kid-friendly playtopia is a great place to spend a day with the family. Here you'll find interactive, hands-on exhibits that cover a variety of scientific concepts like physics and earth science. You can design and conduct lab experiments, build mock structures and study different ecosystems with the museum's rainforest exhibit and aquarium. Discovery Place also boasts the largest IMAX screen in the Carolinas, featuring an ever-changing program of educational films. Careful not to forget the needs of its youngest visitors, the museum also offers exhibits for wee ones, like the KidScience section. This early childhood area features soft building blocks, a water table and a sound wall, plus a section designed just for toddlers. It's this exhibit variety that has recent travelers offering so much praise for the museum and learning center. "Discovery Place is one of those places you and kids will absorb piece by piece, with each visit resulting in more 'ah-has,'" said one TripAdvisor reviewer. You'll find Discovery Place in the heart of Uptown on North Tryon Street. You can reach the museum by car, foot or light rail. Discovery Place is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Travelers recommend visiting in the morning to avoid the afternoon crowds. Tickets for adults costs $15; admission for children is $12. Check the museum's website for more information about upcoming exhibits and weekly events.
Brings Science to Life
Discovery Place is a science and technology museum for visitors of all ages located in the Uptown area of Charlotte, North Carolina. Discovery Place brings science to life through hands-on interactive exhibits, thrilling activities and experiments, a larger-than-life IMAX Dome Theatre, and boundless other educational opportunities and programs. The Museum, which first opened in 1981, recently underwent an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation that transformed it into a reimagined state-of-the-art science and technology museum. The most recent exhibition additions to Discovery Place include World Alive, Fantastic-Frogs and three Explore More hands-on labs. Discovery Place also operates an IMAX Dome Theatre, sometimes referred to as an OMNIMAX theatre. Discovery Place's IMAX Dome Theatre offers an immersive, up-close movie experience in the largest IMAX Dome Theatre in the Carolinas. Renovation and expansion Discovery completed a renovation in June 2010 that began in January 2009. This $31.6 million renovation was a complete overhaul which brought all new innovative and interactive science and technology exhibits to the Museum. Charlotte Nature Museum Discovery Place operates the Charlotte Nature Museum, located at 1658 Sterling Road, adjacent to Freedom Park. The Museum features interactive nature exhibits and live animal displays, including a butterfly pavilion, live species, insects, and a variety of native North Carolinia animals. Discovery Place KIDS In Fall 2010, Discovery Place opened its first Discovery Place KIDS Museum in Huntersville, North Carolina. Part of a larger vision to develop other Discovery Place KIDS locations across the region, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville appeals to families with young children and offers those living in outlying suburban communities the opportunity to visit a Discovery Place Museum closer to home. An $18.7 million public-private venture between Discovery Place, Inc. and the City of Huntersville, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville offers unique, learning-through-play experiences for young children.

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