Friday, May 18, 2012

Discovery Place Announces Summer Operating Hours and Exhibits

It's a wild summer at Discovery Place, and extra hours means more time
to explore all that the Museum has to offer. Discovery Place's newest
exhibition, National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal
Eyes, opens May 26, showcasing the ongoing research of Crittercam, a
scientific video- and data-gathering tool safely worn by wild animals.
The exhibition invites visitors to see the world through animal eyes
and encompasses more than 20 years of scientific invention and
research collaborations.

Developed by the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., the
6,000-square-foot Crittercam takes visitors on a journey through
interactive displays, firsthand footage and realistic environments,
offering new insights into animal behavior and providing clues about
how to protect wildlife. Crittercam runs May 26 - September 16, 2012
and is free with Museum admission.

Splash into a special Marine Mammal Day on Saturday, June 9 and
explore what makes these warm-blooded ocean-dwellers so unique,
including feeding behaviors, echolocation, identification, adaptations
and more. Catch a chat from North Carolina Zoo and Roper Mountain
Science Center experts about dolphins and even polar bears, or step
inside the traveling inflatable GeoDome™ to experience a film about
how Earth's climate is changing and impacting all of us.

Guests can also immerse themselves in a giant screen dinosaur-age
adventure and go face-to-face with the T-Rex of the seas in Sea Rex:
Journey to a Prehistoric World, opening at Discovery Place's The
Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre on Friday, May 25. Sea Rex takes
movie goers on an unforgettable journey with an imaginative young
woman named Julie through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous
periods to swim with creatures that have been extinct for millions of
years. For tickets and showtimes or call
704.372.6261 x300. Note: There is an additional admission charge for
IMAX movies.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon
Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum's parking deck
– the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church
Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call .
704.372.6261 or visit