Discovery Place Announces Summer Operating Hours and Exhibits

It’s a wild summer at Discovery Place, and extra hours means more time to explore all that the Museum has to offer. Discovery Place’s newest exhibition, National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes, opens May 26, showcasing the ongoing research of Crittercam, a scientific video- and data-gathering tool safely worn by wild animals. The exhibition invites visitors to see the world through animal eyes and encompasses more than 20 years of scientific invention and research collaborations.

Developed by the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., the 6,000-square-foot Crittercam takes visitors on a journey through interactive displays, firsthand footage and realistic environments, offering new insights into animal behavior and providing clues about how to protect wildlife. Crittercam runs May 26 – September 16, 2012 and is free with Museum admission.

Splash into a special Marine Mammal Day on Saturday, June 9 and explore what makes these warm-blooded ocean-dwellers so unique, including feeding behaviors, echolocation, identification, adaptations and more. Catch a chat from North Carolina Zoo and Roper Mountain Science Center experts about dolphins and even polar bears, or step inside the traveling inflatable GeoDome™ to experience a film about how Earth’s climate is changing and impacting all of us.

Guests can also immerse themselves in a giant screen dinosaur-age adventure and go face-to-face with the T-Rex of the seas in Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World, opening at Discovery Place’s The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre on Friday, May 25. Sea Rex takes movie goers on an unforgettable journey with an imaginative young woman named Julie through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to swim with creatures that have been extinct for millions of years. For tickets and showtimes or call 704.372.6261 x300. Note: There is an additional admission charge for IMAX movies.

Discovery Place is 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, call .704.372.6261 or visit