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

Welcome to Discovery Place Science

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Museum Hours

Member Hour
Discovery Place Science:
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Discovery Place Nature, Kids-Huntersville and Kids-Rockingham:
Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Getting Here Today’s Schedule

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  Adults Children Seniors Members
Online $23-$24 $18-$19 $20-$21 FREE
At-The-Door $28-$29 $23-$24 $25-$26 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).

Filming & Photography: Discovery Place reserves the right to use photos or videos taken of visitors while they are at the Museum or related events for publicity and promotional purposes. Every effort is made to make visitors aware they are being filmed, photographed and/or recorded. We are also sensitive to the wishes and rights of parents and caregivers who may not want their children to be filmed and/or photographed.

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Science Fiction/Science Future exhibition is here through January 1!

How do science fiction concepts become reality? Teleportation, holograms, invisibility and mind control were once only possible in fictionalized settings, but when you step into Science Fiction Science Future you’ll experience them in the real world. This visually compelling exhibition, with hands-on and full-body interactive activities, invites you to examine our past while making predictions about the future.

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, North and South Carolina residents can visit any Discovery Place Museum as part of our Welcome Program for only $2 per person, per visit for up to 6 guests. Welcome participants may also purchase discounted parking for $8 per vehicle. Welcome guests may purchase tickets in advance online or upon arrival.

Please provide the following information at the Admissions Desk on the day of your visit:

  • Your North Carolina or South Carolina state-issued photo ID
  • Your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card or WIC card/voucher
  • Your e-tickets if you purchased in advance.

Click here to purchase Welcome tickets online.

Please note, Welcome Program benefits are for NC and SC residents only and may not be used for school or group visits. Some special exhibitions or experiences may 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

Daily Pre-Purchase Rate (1 Hour or More): $14.00

Daily Pay-at-Exit Rate (1 Hour or More): $17.00

Discovery Place Members and Welcome visitors: $8.00

After 5:00 P.M.: $6.00

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

  • What is the difference between Online and At-The-Door 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.

  • How do I purchase Welcome tickets?

    As a benefit of your EBT or WIC card, North and South Carolina residents can visit any Discovery Place Museum as part of our Welcome Program for only $2 per person, per visit for up to 6 guests. Welcome participants may also purchase discounted parking for $8 per vehicle. Welcome guests may purchase tickets in advance online or upon arrival. Click here to purchase Welcome tickets online.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Save $3 on parking when you pre-pay for your parking in advance online when you purchase your Museum admission.

  • What are parking rates/prices at the Discovery Place Science Parking Deck?

    First Hour: FREE

    Daily Pre-Purchase Rate (1 Hour or More): $14.00

    Daily Pay-at-Exit Rate (1 Hour or More): $17.00

    Discovery Place Members and Welcome visitors: $8.00

    After 5:00 P.M.: $6.00

    Save $3 on parking! Pre-pay for your parking at Discovery Place Science in advance when purchasing your Museum admission to speed up your exit!

  • 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 Theatre open?

    Yes, 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 eaten in designated locations. The Bean Sprouts Café is also now open! Explore the Menu here.

  • Is the café open?

    Yes, Bean Sprouts Café is now open! Explore the Menu here.

  • 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 Check In. Wheelchairs are sanitized after each use.

  • Will I be required to wear a mask?

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

  • Are pets allowed in the Museum?

    For the safety of our living resident animals, no outside animals are allowed in the Museum except service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Please note: emotional support animals are not ADA-recognized service animals and are not allowed in the Museum.

  • 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.

  • 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 is the Member hour?

    Discovery Place Science Members have early access to the Museum one hour prior to opening to the public on Saturday and Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Not a Member? Join today!

  • 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 Filming & Photography Policy

    Discovery Place reserves the right to use photos or videos taken of visitors while they are at the Museum or related events for publicity and promotional purposes. Every effort is made to make visitors aware they are being filmed, photographed and/or recorded. We are also sensitive to the wishes and rights of parents and caregivers who may not want their children to be filmed and/or photographed. Read the full policy here.

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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