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Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road
Charlotte
NC
28209
Tel: 704-372-6261

Where are we going today?

Have you ever walked among the free flying butterflies so these colorful little creatures fly all around you? No? Well, if you want that experience - just one of many - then head on over to Charlotte Nature Museum in North Carolina!

This fun and nature filled museum has a number of fun exhibits and programs perfect for those kids aged 3 to 7, but kids of other ages may enjoy it too. 

The Charlotte Nature Museum has nature waiting behind every corner! Those little ones will LOVE to explore the museum, and check out the live animals, live shows, and those interactive and hands-on demonstration. 

The exhibits are filled with creatures great and small, and encounters with nature. If you want to get out into a 100 year old forest, then just head to the Paw Paw Nature Trail, where the forest is alive with wildlife! Keep an eye out for those sneaky barn owls too!

The Big Backyard is a great place for kids to really embrace playing in nature, where they can splash through a stream, or climb through secret tunnels. The world of underground is waiting for them!

More of a creepy crawly kind of family? Then Insect Alley is your thing! Kids can enter a space where they might spy like a fly, or see what they would look like if they had the body of a bug! How crazy is that!

Of course, a popular exhibit at the Charlotte Nature Museum is the Butterfly Pavilion. Here, kids can roam around all of the free-flying butterflies, and get up close to these colorful creatures when they land on a nearby flower.

From learning about the life cycle of animals, to self-guided tours and parent/children interaction, this fun nature museum has all you need for that family fun day out in nature!

Enjoy kids!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • Children$8
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Tues to Fri / 10am - 5pm Sat / Noon - 5pm Sunday

All year round. Closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Sept 8 to 11, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, and Ch

Teachers corner

Great programs are available with live animals and plants for those students, so give them a call to find out more!.

Any Top Tips?

Why not have your birthday party at the museum! Great for those between 3 and 9 years, you can customize a package to suit you!.

Doing our bit

They are dedicated to educating all who visit on nature and the creatures that inhabit it! .

Need a little extra help?

The museum has courtesy wheelchairs, and is fully accessible.

Can I get one of those?

Trails End Store is filled with nature based products, geared towards kids! From toys, games and puzzles...best bring that pocket money!.

More information

When you arrive, first check any shows on so you can plan your day around them!.

What people are saying?

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    Not worth $8 a person. Haven't been back in 30+ years. Enjoyed taking my kids there but it is not worth $8.00 a person. They didn't have a child rate. So it was $48 to take my family. It was not worth that much. Around $4 a ticket is more acceptable.

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    The place is tiny and catered for small children, but it's a great place to visit if you haven't or, like me, had not been in a long time. The Butterfly Pavilion alone is worth the $6 admission price. Definitely a great place to visit. Afterwards you can go and enjoy the rest of your day at Freedom Park.

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    I love the fact that even my five month old son had such a great time here, he fell asleep within a couple of hours!! The animals are visible and clearly identified. Do your research if your trying to catch the Butterfly Pavilion full of butterflies though! Different Butterflies come out of their cocoons at different times of the year so you may see no butterflies or just one or two types. The parking lot is shaded during most of the day and the nature trail is beautiful. Being on the edge of Freedom Park makes it easy to plan a day at the park...Read More

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    A really great place for kids up to age 8

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    My son and I love going here to see the turtles and walk through the Paw-paw forest. When we have a free morning, this is our go-to place.

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I love the fact that even my five month old son had such a great time here, he fell asleep within a couple of hours!! The animals are visible and clearly identified. Do your research if your trying to catch the Butterfly Pavilion full of butterflies though! Different Butterflies come out of their cocoons at different times of the year so you may see no butterflies or just one or two types. The parking lot is shaded during most of the day and the nature trail is beautiful. Being on the edge of Freedom Park makes it easy to plan a day at the park and the Nature Museum. They don't allow food or drink in the building and offer nothing for snacks or refreshments, but I suppose they don't want the turtles eating oreos. ^_^

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