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Welcome to Discovery Place Science

Museum Hours

Tickets must be purchased in advance. The 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. entry window is reserved for Members.

Friday - Monday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday Closed

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  Adults Children Seniors Members
Museum Tickets are $19-$23 Tickets are $15-$18 Tickets are $17-$20 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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Apollo: When We Went to the Moon - open now through January 2 and is included in Museum admission

Visit Reminders

All guests age 2 and over are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

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 for only $1 per person per visit. Just show your benefits card at the Ticket Help Desk to receive the discount for up to six family members. Welcome visits do not require advance reservation. Purchase your tickets on the day of your visit at the Museum for any timeslot except 9:30 a.m. which is reserved for Members-only. 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?

    Yes. All visitors age 2 and above are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. This policy will be enforced throughout the Museum.

  • 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?

    Visitors who wish to use their Welcome Program benefit should show their benefits card at the Museum's Ticket Help Desk to purchase their tickets. Welcome visits do not require advance reservation. Purchase tickets on the day of your visit for any timeslot except 9:30 a.m., which is reserved for Members only.

  • 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.

  • Is the IMAX open?

    The IMAX Dome Theatre is closed at this time.

  • Can I bring lunch, snacks, drinks?

    The Discovery Place Café is currently closed. Small snack items may be brought into the Museum and consumed in designated locations. Masks must be worn at all times when not eating or drinking.

  • 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.

  • 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 Ticket Check In. Wheelchairs are sanitized after each use.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I have purchased a ticket but now have (mild) symptoms. What should I do?

    Should an individual start showing symptoms or learn of a potential COVID-19 exposure after purchasing tickets, they are required to contact Guest Sales at 704.372.6261 x300 for a refund.

  • Is there reduced capacity in the Museum? What about social distancing?

    Yes. Our Museums will operate at reduced capacities to allow for proper social distancing. Inside our Museums, directional signage and pathways provide guidance for social distancing. Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines at all times.

  • Are all exhibits open?

    Not all areas of the Museum will be available during a visit. Some areas will remain closed due to the difficulty they pose related to social distancing and/or cleaning. Other exhibits may be modified or temporarily offline at different times throughout the day to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness.

  • 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. Masks must be worn at all times when not eating or drinking.

  • What are your cleaning practices?

    Several cleaning protocols have been put into place at our Museums to limit the spread of viruses. Intense sanitization of each Museum will take place daily and individual areas and exhibitions will be cleaned, on a rotating schedule, multiple times a day. Cleaning will be conducted both by Discovery Place team members and a third-party company. All cleaning products being used are approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat the spread of COVID-19. Additional deep cleaning will take place on days our Museums are closed to the public.

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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