Discovery Place

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  • 301 N. Tryon St.

    Charlotte,   NC   28202


Trek the rainforest. Build a monument. Experience an explosion. See a movie on the largest screen in the Carolinas. Spend a day at Discovery Place and discover the extraordinary.

Spend a day here and we’ll introduce you to a world of wonder, where science amazes, educates and entertains. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy, from little ones just starting to explore to adults who have seen the world. No matter your age, we’re dedicated to connecting you with science and connecting science to the world. Start by spending some time in Cool Stuff, a unique and eccentric world of physical phenomena. Launch objects into the air, lie on a bed of nails, crush a garbage can or use a laser to listen to secret messages. Travel from the treetops of the rainforest to the ocean’s floor in World Alive. Dive into the aquarium and go nose-to-tail with sea horses as sharks swim by impossibly beautiful coral reefs. Visit one of the three Explore More labs to conduct real-world science experiments. Then, bring the youngest visitors to KidScience to touch, test and try science with water tables, wind tunnels, blocks and more. Take in a short 3D film, enjoy a dynamic demonstration, explore all the new hands-on exhibits. Finish your day by putting yourself in the movies at The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre.

A $31.6 million renovation completed in June 2010 has filled Discovery Place’s wondrous halls with all-new interactive exhibits and activities. Dedicated to inspiring exploration of the natural and social world through extraordinary exhibits and educational programs that inform, challenge and engage audiences of all ages, Discovery Place is one of North Carolinas’ most visited attractions. As one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country, Discovery Place offers visitors the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive and informal setting. Located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, Charlotte, we offer a family-friendly experience surrounded by the excitement of a bustling urban community.

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301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte NC 28202


Latitude: 35° 13' 46.5594" / Longitude: -80° 50' 27.24"

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