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Charlotte Nature Museum

1658 Sterling Road

Mission Statement:

We inspire curious thinkers to discover the wonders of science, technology and nature.


A storied past and growing future:

In 1951, Charlotte Nature Museum opened as one of the first facilities in the southeast focused on bringing families and nature together. The success of the Museum along with growing concerns about a post-Sputnick Soviet Union, spurred a growing demand in the community for quality science education. In response, the community approved funding and plans for a comprehensive hands-on science and technology center and, in 1981, Discovery Place opened its doors with 72,000 square feet of space.

As the needs of the community grew, the facility expanded. In 1986, exhibition space was added to accommodate traveling exhibitions and in 1991 the Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre opened as the first giant-screen motion picture theatre in the Carolinas. The Carol Grotnes Belk Education and Parking Complex was completed in 1996. Today Discovery Place in uptown Charlotte encompasses over 160,000 square feet offering educational, exhibition, meeting and support spaces. In June 2010, the Museum finished an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation, resulting in a completely transformed and re-imagined Museum with all-new interactive exhibits.

With the region continuing to grow, Discovery Place followed suit, opening the first Discovery Place KIDS museum in 2010 in Huntersvile, N.C. Planned as a network of community-based children’s museums, Discovery Place KIDS aspires to maximize the whole child by offering imaginative environments that encourage learning through play. Through unique public-private partnerships, the network continues to expand with a second Discovery Place KIDS opened in 2013 in Rockingham, N.C.

Discovery Place Education Studio at the Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development opened in the spring of 2014, uniquely located adjacent to Discovery Place in uptown Charlotte. The program is a community resource that provides pre K - 12 educators with the skills necessary to become inspiring teachers of science, technology, engineering and math. While Discovery Place has offered educator professional development for more than 25 years, this dedicated space for the Education Studio allows for in-depth study and extended impact on the region, with a goal of advancing student and teacher attitudes and achievements in STEM.


Deandre Gaddy

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
This was really fun outing with my family and me. When we first went in it very cheap for all of us go get in, when we finally got in and was really cool to see all the animals and extinct ones to. We saw a puppet show and got to a room show and that was in like a Star gazing room but it wasn't, it was even better was got to lay down on a bed like thing and watch a video all about the stars, it was really interesting to see evrythibg. If you want to have a good time with the kids and come to the Discovery Place Nature Museum, and you will leave out with a smile on your face 😁

James Albertson

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Nature center is decent for the family but there is just not a lot to do there and not many activities. Still worth a look if your in the area but not to travel far for. Great price for what you get. I believe it is only 8 dollars. There are many other subsidiaries of Discovery place and they are really cool and worth checking into!

Crystal Maisel

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Excellent learning center for little ones, not too crowded, and easy to navigate. Fun play areas, and live animals makes it that much more interesting. Open year round in cold and hot weather! Little oasis near the heart of Charlotte.

Alla S.

Friday, May 25, 2018
Place is a bit small, therefore the price is affordable) We went on a rainy day so the outdoor part was closed. Will keep a kid busy for a couple of hours, has a water play area with rubber animals and a little stream, and a baby toy area. Has some snakes, turtles, a bee hive live in action under clear glass, a butterfly pavilion. A little of everything.

janet denton

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Everything was ok until we got into the planetarium. I expect little kids to be noisy but some of the adults were even louder. It's bad when my 8 year old grandson had to tell two grown ladies that were chatting to please be quiet so he could hear the show. Grown ups no better. Very disrespectful. Oh yeah...they kelp on chatting.

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