A Reimagined Haven for Our CommunityA world-class environmental education center to explore the wonders of our natural world.

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The New Nature Museum

For 75 years, Discovery Place Nature has stood in the heart of Freedom Park and welcomed visitors from across the Carolinas to explore the wonders of the natural world. With this new Museum, Discovery Place is creating a future where people embrace science and nature to create opportunities and bring positive change to our world.


Give to Nature

A reimagined nature Museum for our community ensures valuable space for exploration, learning and leisure. By supporting this campaign, you share in the organization’s vision of shaping a future where people embrace science to create opportunities.

Our Progress

The reinvention of the Museum is a public-private partnership between Mecklenburg County, who owns the property and facility, and Discovery Place, which has operated the Museum since its doors opened to the Charlotte community in 1947. The Board of County Commissioners of Mecklenburg County approved the selection of Liollio Architecture and Hood Design Studio as the architectural team leading the planning and design, and plans were unveiled to the public on April 22, 2022.

Site construction for the new nature museum is set to begin this summer with an anticipated opening of fall 2025.