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Open Today from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Museum Hours

Discovery Place Members receive exclusive access to the Museum one hour prior to opening to the public, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Not a Member? Join Today

Friday - Monday 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday Closed

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  Adults Children Seniors Members
Online $23 $18 $20 FREE
Walk-up $28 $23 $25 FREE

Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.
Ages: Adults (14-59), Children (2-13), Seniors (60+).
Children younger than 2 FREE. Group Discounts available.
Military receive $2.00 off Museum admission (must show ID).

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Unseen Oceans—Opening May 28

Earth is truly an ocean planet. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, yet surprisingly little of these vast realms has been explored—until now. Using 21st-century technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, miniaturization and high-definition imaging, ocean exploration has embarked on a new age of discovery. Dive in this summer!

Visit Reminders

Masks are not required but strongly encouraged for all Museum visitors.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Enhanced cleaning takes place throughout the day while the Museum is open and when closed to the public.

Wash your hands regularly.

We’ve reduced capacity and encourage social distancing.

Welcome 2

As a benefit of your EBT or WIC card, you can visit any Discovery Place Museum as part of our Welcome program for only $1 per person per visit. Welcome visits do not require advance reservation—simply show your benefits card at the Admissions Desk to receive $1 admission for up to six family members. Purchase your tickets on the day of your visit at the Museum for entry while the Museum is open, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Welcome participants may also purchase discounted parking for $8 per vehicle.

Welcome program benefits are for NC and SC residents only and may not be used for school or group visits. Some special exhibitions will require an additional fee. ID is required.


Getting Here

Discovery Place Science is located in the heart of uptown Charlotte and is accessible by car, train or foot:

The Discovery Place Science Parking Deck is located at the corner of Church and 6th Sts. in uptown Charlotte. The Museum entrance is located on 6th St. between Tryon St. & Church St.

Parking Rates

First Hour: FREE, 1 Hour +: $12.00.

The parking deck closes when the Museum closes.

Free offsite parking is available for buses and vans.

Discovery Place Science is two blocks from the 7th St. Station stop on the LYNX Light Rail system. Upon exiting the train at 7th St., head west toward Tryon Stt. The Museum entrance is located on 6th St. between Tryon St. & Church St.

From uptown Charlotte, head toward Tryon St. & 6th St. - we're hard to miss! The Museum entrance is located on 6th St. between Tryon St. & Church St.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I be required to wear a mask?

    Masks are not required but strongly encouraged for all Museum visitors.

  • What is the difference between Online and Walk-Up prices? Why should I buy tickets online?

    At Discovery Place Science, you can save $5 per Museum admission ticket per person and avoiding waiting in line when you arrive by buying online. Purchase tickets here.

  • Where do I park?

    Parking is available in the Discovery Place Parking Deck. The entrance to the Parking Deck is on 6th St., one block past the Museum. You may pay for your parking online when you purchase your ticket.

  • Where can I buy a ticket?

    Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Members may reserve tickets in advance or arrive without pre-booking. Click here to purchase your tickets.

  • How do I purchase Welcome tickets?

    As a benefit of your EBT or WIC card, you can visit any Discovery Place Museum as part of our Welcome program for only $1 per person per visit. Welcome visits do not require advance reservation—simply show your benefits card at the Admissions Desk to receive $1 admission for up to six family members. Purchase your tickets on the day of your visit at the Museum for entry while the Museum is open, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • I purchased tickets in advance but now I need to reschedule. What should I do?

    If you need to reschedule your visit, it must be done no later than 24 hours prior to your visit. Due to capacity limitations, we cannot reschedule or offer refunds if you contact us after your reserved time. Our Guest Sales team can assist you with rescheduling your visit. You can contact them weekdays at 704.372.6261 x300.

  • Do I have to leave the Museum by a certain time?

    Once you are in the Museum you are welcome to stay until closing.

  • What is the Member hour?

    All Discovery Place Members have exclusive access to the Museum(s) included in their Membership prior to opening to the public. All Discovery Place Museums open to the public at 10:30 a.m. Members may arrive and enjoy the Museum up to one hour prior to opening to the public, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Not a Member? Join today!

  • Is the IMAX open?

    The Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre is open! Explore IMAX shows here.

  • Can I bring lunch, snacks, drinks?

    Small snack items may be brought into the Museum and consumed in designated locations. The Discovery Place Café is currently closed.

  • Is the café open?

    The Discovery Place Café is currently closed. Small snack items may be brought into the Museum and consumed in designated locations.

  • Can I bring a stroller?

    Yes, strollers are permitted in all of the Museums. Please be aware that elevator access will be limited to one family/group at a time and so we ask for your patience when accessing the elevators with strollers.

  • Are pets allowed in the Museum?

    For the safety of our living residents, no pets or other outside animals are not allowed in the Museum.

  • How are you providing accessibility accommodations?

    Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis at all of our Museums. Visitors should request a wheelchair at Check In. Wheelchairs are sanitized after each use.

  • I received a confirmation email but not the second email with my tickets.

    Please bring the confirmation email to Ticket Help when you arrive at the Museum.

  • How do I show my ticket?

    All visitors must enter the Museum through a single location as identified on your ticket. There, visitors must present their digital tickets for entry.

  • Can I use my ASTC Passport benefits at Discovery Place Science?

    Yes, general admission to Discovery Place Science and Discovery Place Nature are included in the ASTC Passport Program with the admittance policy of: general admission for two adults and up to four children 18 or younger. Distance exclusions may apply. Discovery Place Kids locations are not included in the ASTC Passport Program. Proof of active membership at a participating museum and proof of residency required. Contact Members@discoveryplace.org for more information.

Discovery Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our admission fees cover only a portion of the cost to provide high-quality science education experiences to our community.

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