Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not
Explore the real science behind the unbelievable
Education and entertainment come together at one of Charlotte's most popular destinations. Whether your group is from the area or visiting for the first time, Discovery Place Science provides ever-changing and engaging activities that inspire wonder in the world around us.
Perfect for schools, camps, company outings, scout troops, seniors, family reunions and more, groups of 15 or more receive discounts off general admission pricing. If you are looking for things to do for guests of all ages, Charlotte's premier science center is your first stop!
|Adults||Children (2-13)||Seniors (60+)|
|IMAX Film (excludes full-length feature film)||$7||$6||$6|
|Museum + IMAX Film (excludes full-length feature film)||$17||$15||$15|
Children younger than 2 FREE
*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes
Visit with a group of 15 or more people and receive special benefits:
Take a group tour with a Museum educator
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the IMAX Dome Theatre.
Explore the mysteries of the beautiful and exotic coral growing in the World Alive aquarium
Enter a mindstorm of ideas, inspiration and imagination in the Museum's innovation studio
Where do we park?
Cars and vans with clearance less than 7' 8" can park in the Discovery Place Science Parking Deck for an additional charge. Parking for larger vehicles is available at an off-site lot with shuttle service for bus/van drivers.
Can we bring a bag lunch?
Yes, bag lunches are permitted at Discovery Place Science in our group lunchroom only. You will need to schedule a lunch time when making your reservation
Is lunch available for purchase at Discovery Place Science?
Yes, box lunches are available for purchase in advance through Curio City Kitchen. Please call for options. Or you can plan to purchase lunch a la carte at Curio City Kitchen.
When is payment due for our group outing?
Payment in full is due 3 weeks prior to your scheduled arrival date.
What if I need to cancel my trip?
Cancellation notice of three weeks is required for a full refund. Cancellations with less than three weeks’ notice are non-refundable but may be rescheduled for a visit within a 12-month period. There is no fee for rescheduling as long as the class or visit is rescheduled within one week of the cancellation date and the visit is completed within the 12 months of the originally scheduled date. Changes to the number of attendees must be made three days prior to the program or visit to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued the day of the visit, and no refunds will be issued for amounts of $10.00 or less.
What is the minimum number of tickets required for a group purchase?
In order to receive the group discount, you must purchase a minimum of 15 tickets
Do you offer wheelchair rentals?
Complimentary wheelchairs are available and can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis at the time of check-in.
Do you offer stroller rentals?
We do not currently offer stroller rentals but you may bring your own stroller to the Museum.
Enrich your students' education with a field trip to one of the top science museums in the nation. Enjoy hands-on exhibitions, live animal encounters, larger-than-life IMAX® films and engaging classes that meet curriculum needs and bring science to life.
|10:00 a.m.||Secret Ocean||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|10:00 a.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|10:30 a.m.||Fired Up!||The Stage|
|11:00 a.m.||Shark Week||Full Museum|
|11:00 a.m.||A World Apart||Mackay Field Station|
|11:00 a.m.||Amazon Adventure||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||Sub-Zero||The Stage|
|12:00 p.m.||Fossil Dig: Shark Teeth||Explore More Collections|
|12:00 p.m.||Aquarium Guided Tour||World Alive|
|12:00 p.m.||Secret Ocean||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|12:30 p.m.||The Chemist||The Stage|
|1:00 p.m.||Amazon Adventure||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|1:30 p.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|2:00 p.m.||Fired Up!||The Stage|
|2:00 p.m.||Shark Hats||Explore More Collections|
|2:00 p.m.||Secret Ocean||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|2:30 p.m.||Zapped: An Electrifying Experience||Discovery Theatre|
|2:30 p.m.||A World Apart||Mackay Field Station|
|3:00 p.m.||Shark Feeding||World Alive|
|3:00 p.m.||Amazon Adventure||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|3:00 p.m.||Today's Special||The Stage|
|3:30 p.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|4:00 p.m.||Secret Ocean||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|4:30 p.m.||Dunkirk||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|7:00 p.m.||Dunkirk||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|Jul 01||Shark Hats|
|Jul 23||Shark Week|
|Jul 24||Fossil Dig: Shark Teeth|
|Jul 24||Shark Feeding|
|Jul 29||Bacteria Plates|
|Jul 29||Robotics Demo|
|Jul 29||Behind-the-Scenes Aquarium Tour (*additional fee)|
|Jul 29||Dissection Series: Sharks|
|Aug 01||Pet Rocks|
|Aug 05||Arthropod Day|
|Jul 29||Pollution Clean Up Challenge|
|Jul 29||Germ Journey|
|Aug 14||Homeschool Day|
|Aug 18||Science on the Rocks: Carnival After Dark|
|Aug 21||Solar Eclipse Viewing Party|
|Aug 26||Merit Badge Workshop: Engineering|
|Aug 26||Merit Badge Workshop: Energy|
|Aug 27||Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability|
|Aug 27||Merit Badge Workshop: Chess|
|Sep 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Robotics|
|Sep 24||Merit Badge Workshop: Space Exploration|
|Sep 24||Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability|
|Oct 03||Night at the IMAX: Amazon Adventure|
|Oct 06||One Night Wonder|
|Oct 14||Charlotte Mini Maker Faire|
|Nov 04||Merit Badge Workshop: Weather|
|Nov 04||Merit Badge Workshop: Programming|
|Nov 04||Merit Badge Workshop: Digital Technology|
|Nov 05||Merit Badge Workshop: Pulp & Paper|