March 7, 2018

Discovery Place Ranked As Top Museum and Attraction in Charlotte

The Museums are the only Charlotte institution to be recognized among Top 20 in statewide survey

The Museums are the only Charlotte institution to be recognized among Top 20 in statewide survey

CHARLOTTE – This week Discovery Place was announced as Charlotte’s top museum and attraction for 2017 in the annual North Carolina Museums and Historic Attractions Survey.

Seeing 715,453 visitors in 2017, Discovery Place ranked as the #1 Museum and Attraction for Charlotte, #5 most popular in North Carolina, and the only Charlotte institution to make the Top 20 list in the state.
“We are honored to be continuously recognized as a top attraction in North Carolina and Charlotte, and serve as a trusted education resource in our communities,” said Discovery Place president and CEO, Catherine Wilson Horne. “I am confident that we will continue to build on these accomplishments as we strive to meet the needs of our growing communities all across the region.”

In 2017, Discovery Place was also honored by The Institute of Museum and Library Service as a finalist for the National Medal. This is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries in recognition of their service for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Last year, Discovery Place celebrated the milestone of serving over 100,000 people across the region through its community access program, Welcome. Discovery Place Nature opened a new digital planetarium in the Museum’s original 1964 Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, offering both multimedia dome presentations and seasonal star shows. Discovery Place Science opened two new labs and exhibitions: the new biomedical lab Explore More Me and health science exhibition Being Me, and the new makerspace Thinker Space and Think It Up exhibition on the newly renovated Level 3.

The North Carolina Museums and Historic Attractions Survey is researched and issued by Carolina Publishing Associates of Matthews, NC. This is the 14th year of the survey.

About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science, technology and nature. Discovery Place provides STEM education to the Carolinas through four distinct museum experiences at Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids, interactive educational programming, professional development training and community outreach initiatives.

For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261 x300, visit or connect with Discovery Place on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. Discovery Place is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.