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Discovery Place Announces Summer Renovation Updates


Key changes include new summer hours, a two-week closure and new exhibition

Discovery Place announced today that the Museum is entering the most intensive phase of its $31.6 million-dollar renovation. Updates occurring during the summer months include new summer hours, a two-week closure and the arrival of a new exhibition, SHIPWRECK! Pirates and Treasures.

“With our renovation well underway, big changes are in store this summer,” said John Mackay, president and CEO for Discovery Place. “As we make room for all-new activities, we eventually will need to remove exhibits. We understand that everyone has favorite activities that will be missed but we are sure that when the new exhibits and activities are revealed, our guests will be as excited as we are with the changes.”

Renovation updates include:

Two-week closure

Discovery Place and The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre will be closed Tuesday, May 26 through Monday, June 8.

New summer hours

Beginning Tuesday, June 9 through Monday, Sept. 7, the Museum operating hours will be:

• Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

• Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.

New exhibition

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure drops anchor at Discovery Place beginning Saturday, July 4, 2009. Featuring interactive, multimedia experiences and hundreds of priceless artifacts and treasures recovered from deep-ocean archaeological excavations, the exhibition plunges guests beneath the sea to uncover the mysteries of some of the world’s most-famous shipwrecks.

Museum exhibit floor changes

Beginning on Tuesday, June 9, when the Museum re-opens, access to the aquarium and Knight Rainforest no longer will be available to Museum guests as those areas undergo major upgrades and redesign. Additionally, The Dinosaurs exhibit on Level 2 will be removed.

In early July, the first newly-renovated areas of the Museum will re-open. Visitors will enjoy a fresh, new café serving lunch and snacks; upgraded exhibition space; and a new classroom space for early childhood classes.

While upgrades continue to be made throughout the Museum, additional areas of Level 1 temporarily will be inaccessible as Discovery Place enters the most intensive phase of its renovation. During this period, KidsPlace activities will be relocated to Level 3 of the Museum.

Throughout the summer, visitors can continue to enjoy family favorites including educational presentations in Einstein’s Corner, Rat Basketball, The Machine Shop, Our Living Planet, Kapla Blocks and KidsPlace. In addition, Discovery Place will continue to offer new, entertaining and educational experiences including new IMAX films and the Museum’s current exhibition, Circus!, which has been extended to Sunday, July 12, 2009.

Visitors also will have access to Discovery Place Parking Garage throughout the renovation.

“We are eager to move forward through this next phase of upgrades and begin opening new exhibits later this year,” said Mackay.

At the completion of the renovation – the Museum’s largest in its 28-year history – Discovery Place will showcase all-new, interactive exhibitions that present science and technology in a more contemporary way. The renovation also will feature an improved infrastructure and the ability to rotate exhibitions more frequently.

About Discovery Place

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking garage – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, guests should call 704- 372-6261 or visit

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that foster experiences in areas that range from life science to marine biology. More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place, its IMAX® Dome Theatre and Charlotte Nature Museum each year. Discovery Place is supported, in part, with a Basic Operating Grant from the Arts & Science Council.

Natividad Lewis