Explore More Collections

Preserving the natural world and human cultural history.

  • Permanent
  • Level 1
  • Included in admission
  • All age groups

Have you ever experienced the joy of finding something wonderful?

Maybe you knew what it was and had been searching for it. Or maybe you had no idea what it was and just couldn’t wait to figure it out.

Explore More Collections is a one-of-a-kind environment where visitors engage in the process of finding, identifying and connecting objects with the natural world.

Discovery Place has about 70,000 non-living items in its Collections. From 4-million-year-old Amminoid fossils to a passenger pigeon collected in 1884, there isn’t a dull item to be discovered. Over 3,000 liquid preserved spiders, collected in North Carolina by Dr. David Grant, call the Museum Collections home.

Although the entirety of the Museum’s Collections cannot be displayed, find more unique artifacts and curious specimens in Discovery Place’s Collections digital catalogue!

Charlotte, NC on-location photography of Discovery Place, Charlotte's hands-on science museum located in downtown Charlotte NC. In this image, children explore and play in the "Explore More Life" lab, where visitors can engage in real-world science, design and conduct experiments and experience aquatic life.
Charlotte, NC on-location photography of Discovery Place, Charlotte's hands-on science museum located in downtown Charlotte NC. In this image, a young girl examines a display of bears.

Located on Level 1