Discovery Place, Charlotte

Discovery Place, Charlotte (must see)

Discovery Place combines science and technology with hands-on learning. This interactive museum was created for kids of all ages. Adults will love it too!

The museum was established in 1981 but its origins date to 1946 when teacher Laura Owens helped to develop the Children's Nature Center. It was so well received by the community that a planetarium was added in 1965. By the 1970s, it was one of the busiest tourist spots in Charlotte.

The current location on Tryon Street was built to accommodate the growing number of visitors as well as additions to the museum itself.

Discovery Place is located in the Historic Fourth Ward, which makes it an easy stop on walking tours. Visitors will find science, nature and kids museums as well as an IMAX theatre. Interactive exhibits include an indoor rainforest, a hands-on human health and anatomy lab, an area focused on building everything from castles to pillow forts and many others.

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Sight Name: Discovery Place
Sight Location: Charlotte, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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