301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
HOURS: Mon.–Fri. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.,
Sun. noon–5 p.m.
COST: Separate admission for each area of museum; fees range from $8 adults for IMAX film to $26 adults for all-inclusive package; special pricing in effect for certain exhibits
Discovery Place is a museum for people who hate museums. The exhibits are hands-on and designed to entertain. You can walk through the rainforest, reach out and touch a simulated tornado in Our Living Planet, and get a scoop of liquid nitrogen ice cream in Einstein’s Corner.
A combination of permanent and rotating exhibits all focus on science, from life science to space exploration. Big-screen blockbusters and educational films are shown on the largest IMAX screen in the Carolinas.
Discovery Place KIDS is a special section of the museum reserved for the smallest scientists. Activities are interactive and aimed at children 1–7 years old. A series of workshops, special events, and learning vacations are also offered through the museum.