Science on the Rocks: Wizarding World of Fantastic Bugs & Where to Find Them

Wizardry and wonder fill the air in this adults-only, magical night at the Museum, featuring our all-new exhibition, Bug Lab. Mingle with wizards and fantastic creatures with a cocktail in hand while you try one of many spectacularly spellbinding events.

  • Encounter the fantastic beasts that Newt hand to wrangle, from mangrove monitors to thorny devil stick insects
  • Search the Museum for fantastic bugs with magical defenses
  • Try a taste of liquid nitrogen butterbeer straight from Hogsmeade
  • Dragon heart string? Unicorn hair? Phoenix feather? This time you get to pick the wand as you craft your very own at Ollivander's
  • Try your hand at potion-making as you concoct a special edible potion
  • And so much more!


Discover the world of fantastic bugs in our Bug Lab special exhibition.
Step into a fantasy realm created by the bugs themselves inside Bug Lab. This magical world of interactive art installations will envelop you, as you venture through larger-than-life "bug chambers". Explore the world as bugs do, through incredible sensory experiences. Upgrade your experience for just $3 more.


For an additional $5, meet the fantastic bugs living right under our noses with Backyard Wilderness in IMAX®. Join Emmy Award-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd as they document a stunning array of unique wildlife imagery and behavior - all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms. Showtime at 7:00 p.m.

Must be 21 or older. All sales final. Activities subject to change. Photo ID required for Museum entry. All IDs will be checked at the door. Check-in will be at Tryon St. Admissions. Cash/credit bars featuring beer, wine and liquor throughout Levels 1 and 2. Parking fee for Discovery Place Science Parking Deck is not included. Curio City Kitchen will be open, serving beer, wine and a special menu.



Get your tickets now!
  • Adults Only 21+
  • January 18
  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Add Bug Lab for $3. Add IMAX for $5.

Getting here

Discovery Place Science is located in the heart of uptown Charlotte and is accessible by car, train or foot. Discovery Place Science Parking Deck is located at the corner of Church and 6th Sts. in uptown Charlotte.