November 15, 2022

Discovery Place Science Opens Science Fiction/Science Future Saturday, November 19

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CHARLOTTE, NC (November 10, 2022) – Discovery Place Science invites you to let your imagination run wild when its latest featured exhibition, Science Fiction/Science Future, opens November 19. Teleportation, holograms, invisibility and mind control aren’t only found in literature and film—discover the reality of science fiction that’s become part of our everyday lives.

“We love how this exhibition brings together concepts that were once only possible in fictionalized settings to give visitors a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas become the reality of tomorrow,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, President & CEO of Discovery Place. “We’re fortunate to live in an era where science fiction has become reality, and Science Fiction/Science Future does an amazing job of illustrating how the principles of science fiction—curiosity, innovation and imagination—are also underlying themes of scientific principles.”

Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions shared, “Imagine Exhibitions is proud to partner with Scitech to bring Science Fiction/Science Future to Discovery Place Science. It’s an exciting time in the modern world: robots vacuum our homes, act as personal butlers and even do complex tasks like perform surgeries! Find out more about the science fiction predictions that could become realities next in this thought-provoking exhibition!”

“We’re excited to see how guests interact with the hands-on, full-body experiences this exhibition offers,” said Heather Norton, Discovery Place Chief Science Officer. “Science Fiction/Science Futurehas something for all ages and gives you an opportunity to explore our past while making predictions about the future.”

Highlights from the exhibition include:

  • Mindball, where guests can pit their brainpower against one another to see who has the ultimate mind control.
  • Robots with personality—once thought of as simple machines, the robots of tomorrow have social applications and can mimic your emotions.
  • The invisibility cloak, a longtime fixture in science fiction, becomes reality as guests are “cloaked” and watch themselves disappear on screen.
  • Teleportation might just be the transportation of the future. Guests will experience the illusion of being beamed out and back again.
  • History of the future—what did people in the past think about the future, and did they get it right? The exhibition explores visions of the future dating back to the 1890s.

Science Fiction/Science Future was created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions. It is a visually compelling exhibition that engages visitors with hands-on and full-body experiences incorporating invisibility, mind control, holograms and augmented reality. The exhibition will be on display at Discovery Place Science from November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023. Entrance to Science Fiction/Science Future is included with general admission.

Images available here.

Media Preview Thursday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Drop in anytime for a self-guided tour and an opportunity to take photos and video. Please RSVP to Sarah Wheat at

About Discovery Place Science
Discovery Place Science is the leading hub for science learning in the Carolinas—dedicated to the exchange of ideas, scientific exploration and creative expression to stimulate innovative problem-solving and learning. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities. Located in Uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street, convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck—the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex—at the corner of Sixth and Church streets. For more information about Discovery Place Science, call 704-372-6261, visit, or connect with Discovery Place Science on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.