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Charlotte Nature Museum

Address: 1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone Number: 704.372.6261
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Ranked #90 of 192 things to do 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The admission fee was a little steep for the museum, which appeared to be only about 3 rooms. We got a refund. The outdoor section is actually a public park, and you don't need to pay admission to the museum to go there.

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Xenia, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The museum itself is very small and doesn't have that many exhibits. We spent maybe 45 minutes in the museum. The best parts were the gorgeous park that's behind the museum and the beautiful surrounding neighborhood.

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Belmont, North Carolina
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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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570 reviews 570 reviews
360 attraction reviews
382 helpful votes 382 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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3 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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