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Charlotte Nature Museum

Address: 1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone Number: 704.372.6261
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Ranked #47 of 58 Attractions in Charlotte
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of the Charlotte Nature Museum. Little ones...
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Attraction details
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of the Charlotte Nature Museum. Little ones can get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in Our Big Backyard, walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the 100-year-old forest or go wild in Fort Wild, a new outdoor play area.

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Belmont, North Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
59 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a small nature museum but it does have a room with butterflies and an indoor play area for small children. We were there when there was a school group at the museum which made it hard to move about. If we go again, I will call ahead to make sure that there are not large groups scheduled. Do... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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511 reviews 511 reviews
321 attraction reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were just driving down the road and stumbled upon this place and decided to stop. It's very very small and the animals they had were in glass enclosures (in an area made to look sort of like a cave) much too small for them (a pet peeve of mine). In the butterfly house I only saw 5 butterflies and... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I grew up going to the Nature Museum. My cousins lived across the street. I loved it. I was visiting my mom and we decided, based on reviews here, to take my 22 month old. She was free since she is under 2 and I was happy to pay the 412 for me and my mom. But that was a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We love Nature Museums and our family likes to explore nature through hikes, etc. This museum was quaint and nice but the habitats were quite small for the animals. I love the concept of this wonderful little place in the middle of a residential area near uptown Charlotte but I wondered if there was a lack of funding that made... More 

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Oakland, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This quaint museum has a play area of ground hog holes, a block building area, a butterfly garden, a small outdoor trail that closes when it rains and a few small reptiles and rodents. To my adult eyes, it was unremarkable and $6 per person seemed a high price to pay. However, my kids 8 and 4, were delighted with... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This was a fairly small museum, but it was well worth the small fee to enter. My 20 month old loved all the little animals and the area in the back that was kind of an old pioneer town. The butterfly area was really great too! It's right by Freedom Park, which we wanted to stroll through, but it was... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My mom and I took my two kids here and they LOVED it. It is small enough that it's not overwhelming, but really well done. There are exhibits with live and stuffed animals and information on each, there is a beautiful butterfly pavilion, and several rooms to explore. One of the rooms has tunnels the kids can climb through, water... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Attached to Freedom Park this nature museum has alot to offer in a small space. We love the butterfly garden and the outdoor exhibit space for the kids to play. We were also fascinated by the newborn baby chicks and the eggs still in the incubator getting ready to hatch.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

"Pavilion" is a generous word. The pavilion is smaller than a badminton court but it is still seriously, seriously awesome. The rest? Take it or leave it. Not much going on for it except for the baby quail - which are in a TINY cage in the LOBBY. My five year old really wanted to spend more time at the... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

I went here because of the reviews stating it was fun for kids and adults. Not true! It's not worth the money to see a bunch of stuffed animals, a few turtles, snakes, spiders, & rabbits. Also, the trail outside was just walking through the woods & through random spider webs. I don't have children but I have young nieces,... More 

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