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Best Museums In Charlotte

February 6, 2012 4:23 PM

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Attracting wonder and amazement uptown since 1981, there is an exhibit for everyone at this interactive science museum. (Credit: discoveryplace.com)

Attracting wonder and amazement uptown since 1981, there is an exhibit for everyone at this interactive science museum. (Credit: discoveryplace.com)

A German Romantic ideal suggests a museum is like a temple and that visitors “should enjoy a quasi-mystical experience.” That might seem a bit extreme, but the best museums in Charlotte offer interactive, educational opportunities that to some are indeed “mystical.”
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Attracting wonder and amazement uptown since 1981, there is an exhibit for everyone at this interactive science museum. (Credit: discoveryplace.org)

Discovery Place

301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-6261
www.discoveryplace.org

Attracting wonder and amazement uptown since 1981, there is an exhibit for everyone at this interactive science museum. While “World Alive” introduces visitors to creatures and organisms from all over the world, “Think It Up” challenges one in a multi-sensory setting. “Cool Stuff” can be found in the science corner, and a 3D theater shows family-oriented short films. Hours: Monday though Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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"Butterfly Pavilion" is one of the more popular exhibits at the Charlotte Nature Museum. (Credit: charlottenaturemuseum.org)

Charlotte Nature Museum

1658 Sterling Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 372-6261
www.charlottenaturemuseum.org

Focusing on nature, the Charlotte Nature Museum is a fun, learning tool for “kids” of all ages. Among the popular exhibits, “Creature Craven,” “Insect Alley,” “Butterfly Pavilion” and “Our Big Backyard” often leave youngsters intrigued by nature. Live shows and a nature trail are also featured. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Charlotte Museum of History has a mission to share past anecdotes from the Charlotte region, dating back to early settlers. (Credit: charlottemuseum.org)

Charlotte Museum of History

3500 Shamrock Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 568-1774 ?
www.charlottemuseum.org

The Charlotte Museum of History has a mission to share past anecdotes from the Charlotte region, dating back to early settlers. Maintaining the oldest house in Mecklenburg County – the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander home site – and preserving and interpreting a wide-range of artifacts, the Charlotte Museum of History is definitely a must-see for anyone looking for the best museums in Charlotte. “Settlement in the Backcountry” is one of the permanent exhibits. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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