Discovery Place

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Discovery Place
Established 1981
Location 301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Visitors 520,000 (as of 2009)
Director Catherine Wilson Horne
Website Discovery Place

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.

Discovery Place's main entrance from Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte

Renovation and expansion[edit]

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.[1]

Charlotte Nature Museum[edit]

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[edit]

In Fall 2010, Discovery Place opened its first Discovery Place KIDS Museum in Huntersville, North Carolina.[2][3] Part of a larger vision to develop other Discovery Place KIDS locations across the region,[4] 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.


  1. ^ "Science Rediscovered". The Charlotte Observer. 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Discovery Place Kids nears its fall opening". The Charlotte Observer. 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Now Opening: Discovery Place Kids". The Charlotte Observer. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Discovery Place Announces Discovery Place KIDS Rockingham". WSOC-TV. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 

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Coordinates: 35°13′46″N 80°50′27″W / 35.22944°N 80.84083°W / 35.22944; -80.84083