A New Discovery Place Nature

Reimagined nature haven in our community

A Public-Private Partnership for our Community

Discovery Place Nature has served our community in its current facility since its doors opened in 1947. The project to build a new, reimagined and world-class Museum is a public-private partnership between Mecklenburg County, who owns the facility, and Discovery Place, a nonprofit leader for science education.

The new haven for nature and environmental learning will be developed at the 76-year-old facility’s current location on Sterling Road adjacent to Charlotte's Freedom Park, providing a complete reinvention of the current Discovery Place Nature—the first nature museum in the Southeast.

The Board of County Commissioners of Mecklenburg County previously approved the recommendation of County staff and Discovery Place to select the award-winning team of Liollio Architecture and Hood Design Studio to lead the planning and design of the new Discovery Place Nature.