Plan a Visit

Open Today from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Welcome Back to Wonder

Visit Reminders

Tickets must be purchased online.

Timed entry is required. Stay as long as you like.

Face masks are required for guests 2 and older. No exceptions.

Contactless temperature checks required on arrival.

Reduced capacity

Contactless entry

Social distancing and one-way paths

Rigorous cleaning schedule

Closed exhibits that cannot be safely disinfected

Ever Wonder How to Stay Safe During Your Visit?

Hygiene - Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after your visit. There are multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum. Our staff regularly wash their hands and the Museum is cleaned throughout the day and deep-cleaned each evening. Additional deep cleaning also takes place on days the Museum is closed to the public.

Social Distancing - The CDC social distancing guidelines requiring a 6-foot distance from others apply throughout the Museum. Families and other social units should keep a minimum 6-foot distance from others as a single unit.

Navigating the Museum – One-way pathing has been set up to navigate the Museum. We’ve added floor markers to make it easy to follow the walking route inside the Museum and to keep a safe distance from others.

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.

Museum Hours

As we re-open, advance reservations must be made for an hour-long entry window. The 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. entry window is reserved for Members.

Monday - Friday Closed
Saturday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Getting Here Today’s Schedule

Admission Become a Member

  Adults Children Seniors Members
Museum $19 $15 $17 FREE

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).
* Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.

Make A Reservation

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.

PLEASE PURCHASE A PARKING PASS WHEN YOU MAKE AN ONLINE RESERVATION

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

  • Where can I buy a ticket?

    Due to limited capacity and to minimize contact during the arrival process, tickets must be purchased in advance online for a specific hour-long arrival time. Members also must reserve their tickets in advance.

  • Have the ticket prices changed?

    General Admission ticket prices remain the same.

  • I reserved 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 before your reservation. 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.

    Members, if you cannot make your reserved time, please be respectful of others who may want to visit and call Guest Sales to cancel your reservation at 704.372.6261 x300.

  • What if I miss my timeslot? Arrive early? Arrive late?

    Visitors must arrive on time. It is not possible to visit the Museum later than the designated hour-long arrival window selected at the time of purchase. Visitors may arrive any time during their entry window. Visitors arriving prior to their arrival window will not be permitted inside until their designated entry time. Those arriving after their designated window of time will not be admitted and are not entitled to a reimbursement. Missed timeslots can be rescheduled once without penalty. All requests to exchange timeslots will be handled over the phone by calling Guest Sales at 704.372.6261 x300, weekdays only.

    Members have three opportunities to reschedule a timeslot. If Members arrive late to their entry window they can be admitted to the next available timeslot if there is availability. Otherwise, they must reschedule by contacting the Membership team at 704.372.6261 x354.

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

    Once you are in the Museum you are welcome to stay until closing. However, please note that once you exit, re-entry is not allowed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Will I be required to wear a mask?

    All visitors age 2 and older are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth while at the Museum. There are no exceptions, medical or otherwise.

  • The State of North Carolina requires masks only for those age 5 and older. Why are you requiring young children to wear masks?

    The safety of our visitors is our top priority. As such, we are following the more stringent recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Will I be required to have my temperature checked?

    All visitors must consent to a contactless temperature scan and health screen prior to entering the Museum. Anyone exhibiting a fever (temperature of 100.4° or higher) will not be permitted entry.

  • 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.

  • Can I bring lunch, snacks, drinks?

    Only water bottles and baby bottles are permitted in the Museums. No other food or drink is permitted. There is no food or drink service at Discovery Place Science. There are nearby parks or outdoor areas at all of the Museums and visitors who wish to enjoy lunch/snacks are encouraged to explore these options.

  • 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 and one-way traffic flow. 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.

  • 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.

  • What if my child won’t keep his/her mask on during our visit?

    Masks are required of all visitors age 2 and older during their visits to our Museums. We understand that this may be challenging for some children, and we will work with caregivers to provide positive reinforcement and education to promote mask wearing. If a child’s mask is damaged or fits improperly, we will try to help remedy the situation.

  • Will you notify me if you find out someone with COVID was at the Museum when I was there?

    If we become aware that a staff member or visitor present on the date of your visit tested positive for COVID-19, we will notify all visitors where we have contact information. By purchasing your ticket online, you will be providing us with your email contact information, and we will use that information to notify you.

  • 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.

  • Is the IMAX open?

    The IMAX Dome Theatre will remain closed at this time.

  • Are the labs open?

    Our labs will be open with protocols in place to ensure social distancing. Please note that Explore More Me is currently closed to the public and we reopen in October.

  • Is the café open?

    The Café will not be open. Please note that only water bottles and baby bottles are allowed in the Museum. No other food or drink is permitted. There are a number of parks located nearby for picnicking (Fourth Ward Park, First Ward Park and Romare Bearden Park) and visitors who wish to enjoy lunch/snacks are encouraged to explore these options before or after their Museum visit.

  • Is Shop Science open?

    At this time, our gift shop will be closed.

  • Can I still visit Antarctic Dinosaurs?

    Unfortunately, this traveling exhibition is no longer open to the public.

  • 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.

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