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Catawba Science Center

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Downtown Hickory

This is a small FREE museaum...Its worth a visit with easy parking and has a science section... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hickory, North Carolina
A great place to learn

The Catawba Science Center offers a variety of activities and camps for students of all ages. They... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2019
Durham, North Carolina
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Nonprofit science and technology museum featuring freshwater and saltwater aquarium exhibits and a digital planetarium. Traveling exhibits rotate throughout the year.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601-5168
+1 828-322-8169
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a small FREE museaum...Its worth a visit with easy parking and has a science section attached to it.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank pvharley
Reviewed July 24, 2019

The Catawba Science Center offers a variety of activities and camps for students of all ages. They also promote STEM activities for western NC.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank robertaS299PA
Reviewed July 9, 2019

We were looking for another activity for the kids instead of just another afternoon on the water and stopped by. They all really enjoyed it - good interactive exhibits and enough to keep even the younger one entertained.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wrightgj83
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

Great visit. My son loves fish and they had an abundant layout. Water tank and stingrays. We are planning on going back to see the butterfly exhibit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tricia A
Reviewed July 2, 2019

I took my kids there 20 years ago and thought it was great then. Now, I take my grandkids and it's SOOOOO much better. They never get tired of going and the exhibits change often enough for me to enjoy too.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank HanSolo70
Reviewed May 8, 2019

unusual and exciting opportunities. from live animals, fish and sharks to an informative show in the planetarium this place rocks for all ages. interactive exhibits make the regular and special exhibitions great.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mike S
Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

It is a very nice place to take children they get to play and learn about different things they can also go next door and look at the little aquarium

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank celestecatalan17
Reviewed May 1, 2019

I enjoy so much visiting the Catawba Science Center. It brings back wonderful memories - I graduated there in 1965 when it was Hickory High School which was built in 1925. They have preserved the old school so well and turned it into a great...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Dianne H
Reviewed April 29, 2019 via mobile

Took my two grandsons during spring break . They loved the place . Spent about four hours there . They enjoyed all the activities, from on hand puzzles to watching the stingray feeding. Stopped by the gift shop on the way out. They said they...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 45allend
Reviewed March 31, 2019

Being new to the area, we are exploring as much as we can, and checked out this museum while family visited from out of town. We discovered that it's a very small museum, and geared toward younger kids. We were drawn in by the "shark...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank smitty60
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May 6, 2019|
Response from Dianne H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Dave, yes I did graduate from Hickory High in 1965 and have enjoyed taking our grandchildren there about once a year now that it is a Science Center. I wish I had an answer to your question about booking a party there... More
Renee B
March 28, 2016|
Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
2 miles north on nc highway 127 there are kid friendly restaurants. the highway is aka 2nd street nw at that location. mcdonalds, with a playground, is on the left. dantes is on the right.
Renee B
March 28, 2016|
Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
There are child friendly restaurants approximately 2 miles north on NC Highway 127, which borders the Science Center grounds on the west. NC Highway 127 is also known as 2nd Street NW at that location. McDonalds is on the... More
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