Discovery Place Science
Discovery Place Science
4.5
Speciality MuseumsScience MuseumsChildren's Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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This hands-on science Museum in Uptown Charlotte features exciting interactive exhibitions, the Carolinas' largest IMAX screen and one-of-a-kind Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre and educational programs. And don't forget: We offer summer camps and birthday parties so take advantage of both options before these spaces fill up completely!
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  • Brian S
    Sumter, South Carolina71 contributions
    Education can be Fun
    Family of 6 with 4 small kids. This place is always something for them to do. We have a membership so we can go when ever we want at no extra cost. Good fit any rainy day. Now that Covid is over things are finally getting back to normal operating hours and no mask requirements. Great for small children and adults to have fun and learn with their kids.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Charlene S
    8 contributions
    Great fun but in use of a refresh
    I took my kids here over the weekend for the first time. They loved it, so that was a successful trip. I think most kids will enjoy it, as long as they don’t mind a little noise. I will say though that some of the attractions are a bit worn and could use an upgrade. It felt a bit dated in places. I hope management looks at these reviews and takes some steps here to refresh things. We will definitely be back, I hope for a longer visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Jaclyn C
    Lubbock, Texas1 contribution
    Great science museum for kids
    We had a great time visiting this science museum! The marvel experience was interesting and the kids loved taking photos with the life size superheroes! It is a very nice science museum. Our kids (6-8 years old) had a great time.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2023
  • DnSudds D
    Loganville, Georgia38 contributions
    Catch the Marvel Exhibition
    Located near multiple parking garages. Military discount is available in person with ID. Multiple floors with many displays and interactive learning. We primarily went for the World of Marvel Exhibition which is a separate fee from entry. If you are a marvel fan you will love seeing the actual costumes used, real comic pages, original art, the history display, and the very 1st comic ever published. Even if you are not a marvel fan, the history and details of what is involved in the creative process is interesting. If you get stuck with a camp be patient, their excitement brings a whole different experience to what you are viewing. It was an enjoyable time. Restrooms were clean and their is a restaurant on site.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
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chesneesc
Charleston, SC6 contributions
Nov 2020
We went on November 7th 2020. It was our second time bringing the grandchildren here. We brought my son here when he was a child. I know things are different now because of Covid but they should be ashamed to charge full price for what they are offering.

A lot of the rooms don't have people or supplies in them. I could give you multiple examples but one would be where Ozobots were. They were all broken, except for one and they markers had dried out tips and there was no one supporting the room and it was dirty.

About a fourth of the activities weren't available for use due to Covid even though they seemed to have no more touch points than the other activities.

They have no main feature or attraction right now. about six months ago it was dinosaurs and in a few months it will be AI.

Overall if you want to spend an hour somewhere with your kids it's worth about five bucks not the nearly twenty they charge plus parking. I would wait until this place goes back to what it used to be before I spend my money. Shame on them!
Written November 8, 2020
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Jessica S
Tampa, FL408 contributions
Jun 2021
We enjoyed a few hours here one afternoon after flying in, prior to driving to the mountains. There was definitely something for every age which was nice, but not enough to spend more than 2-3 hours. They were shutting down and sanitizing different stations which was nice to see - especially for the area for little kids. If you're coming from a city with a great children's museum or science museum, this probably won't impress. If you have kids under 6 or 7, the will likely enjoy the park/playgrounds just as much. But if you are looking for something inside, or want to support a museum, it is nicely appointed and there are fun things for all ages to see/do.
Written June 29, 2021
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B B
1 contribution
Apr 2023
This place was not at all worth the price. You can see frogs, fish and birds at the pet store for free. Give me a break. They threw some facts on the wall about the human body and are calling this a museum?! There are barely any hands on activities. The "Spy" experience they have up; several of the "clues" were broken and most were extremely difficult to understand, complete or hear, rendering this exhibit totally useless. One wing of the 2nd floor was about bias and while the topic is important the exhibit was extremely boring. There are some stuffed bears, a large globe and 2 areas where you can look up stuff under a microscope. That's basically it. Took an hour. The one room that has interactive areas was only for kids under 7 so my kid couldn't go. Even if half the second floor wasn't currently being blocked off for an upcoming exhibit, there's nothing they could put in there to make a ticket worth the price.
Written April 3, 2023
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Michelle J
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
Though my son had a good time, for the price I paid, I was not at all impressed! On the second floor, 8 out of the thirteen things he tried to use or do were broken and had been broken for who knows how long! If I am going to pay that much, then $14 parking on top of that, I want everything to be working or at the very least see someone attempting to fix it!
Written July 10, 2023
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chgomom24
13 contributions
Jun 2022
SUPER FUN! My 13 year old and I visited for about 3 hours at the end of the day and could have stayed longer if it wasn't closing. It was nice to arrive in the afternoon as we saw a lot of school groups heading out and we really had most of the place to ourselves after 3:00. We have GREAT museums in Chicago so we are a bit spoiled and had low expectations, but this place is really amazing. Live animals, cool exhibits on the human body, hands-on experiments regarding physics concepts, I could go on and on. My son said he wished we had a museum like that near us.
Written June 11, 2022
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Lily H
Charlotte, NC6 contributions
Nov 2021
Discovery Place was a key part of my very early childhood-I went frequently and loved the atmosphere, science, animals, and fun activities. It is a great place for a wide variety of ages, with fun science ranging from physics and the human body to animals and aquariums. I recently went with my class on a field trip and it was still just as awesome!
Written April 19, 2022
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DnSudds D
Loganville, GA38 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Located near multiple parking garages. Military discount is available in person with ID. Multiple floors with many displays and interactive learning. We primarily went for the World of Marvel Exhibition which is a separate fee from entry. If you are a marvel fan you will love seeing the actual costumes used, real comic pages, original art, the history display, and the very 1st comic ever published. Even if you are not a marvel fan, the history and details of what is involved in the creative process is interesting. If you get stuck with a camp be patient, their excitement brings a whole different experience to what you are viewing. It was an enjoyable time. Restrooms were clean and their is a restaurant on site.
Written October 6, 2023
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BoardingPass214190
Huntsville, AL1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
The first place we went is the area for kids under 3 to play. There were older kids in that area. One kid picked up a toy and threw it hitting my 4 month old. There was no staff nor any parents supervising the area. It ruined our experience.
Written June 3, 2022
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Jody Smith
Charlotte, NC346 contributions
Feb 2020
I was trying to check into the IMAX theater since my family had tickets for a show but were told "IMAX hasn't been working all day" when we checked in. Regardless, Discover place is an awesome, hands on experience for all ages. Adults typically "go for the kids" but are just as involved as the kids. There are a ton of exhibits that engaged the brain and educate while playing.

There is food served in the Discovery Place and it is okay but there are tons of food options just out the door. When we go we try to take lunch time as an opportunity to take a break, walk outside and grab a bite and come back to enjoy more.
Written February 18, 2020
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Charlene S
8 contributions
Feb 2023
I took my kids here over the weekend for the first time. They loved it, so that was a successful trip. I think most kids will enjoy it, as long as they don’t mind a little noise.

I will say though that some of the attractions are a bit worn and could use an upgrade. It felt a bit dated in places. I hope management looks at these reviews and takes some steps here to refresh things.

We will definitely be back, I hope for a longer visit.
Written March 31, 2023
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