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Wild by Nature.

Get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley or just hang out in Our Big Backyard. Or step outside and walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the 100-year-old forest.

Experience Charlotte’s Natural Treasure

Bring little ones for just an hour or the whole day and experience wildlife through live animal exhibits and interactive education programs.

The Museum is easy to navigate with fun surprises around every corner. Kids can roam the Great Hall and visit Beginnings, an area filled with young animals and information on their lifecycles.

Everyone will enjoy the beautiful creatures who call Creature Cavern home, including a screech owl, a skunk and resident groundhog Queen Charlotte. This is a wonderful exhibit to gain a greater understanding of the unique animals native to the Carolinas and their importance to our environment. Junior explorers can put on an apron and splash in the water table stream in Our Big Backyard.

Dynamic programming encourages a love of nature and local wildlife. Join Grandpa Tree and his forest friends as they tell stories by the nighttime campfire or catch a Puppet Show. Plus, don’t miss our monthly Creature Feature events.

With indoor and outdoor exhibits any time of year is a wild time to visit Charlotte Nature Museum.

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  Non-Members Adult/Child Members Adult/Child
Museum $8.00 per person FREE

Ages: Adult/Child (2-60+)

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.

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EBT or WIC cardholders may visit Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum or Discovery Place KIDS for just $1 per person, for up to six family members. Show your benefits card at Admissions to receive the discount. Welcome program benefits are for N.C. and S.C. residents only and may not be used for school or group visits.

Discovery Place, Inc. is participating in Museums for All, a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children's Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Ways to Purchase Tickets

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Hours of Operation

noon - 5:00 p.m.
Closed (with exceptions*)
Tues - Fri
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

*Open September 5, December 26, January 16, February 20, April 10 and May 29

Closed Easter Sunday, September 6 – 9, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Getting Here

Charlotte Nature Museum

1658 Sterling Road
Charlotte, NC 28209

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Parking at the Museum is free.

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