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Catawba Science Center, Hickory
(4.2/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
Nonprofit science and technology museum featuring freshwater and saltwater aquarium exhibits and a digital planetarium. Traveling exhibits rotate throughout the year.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The science center is in the old Claremont High School (built 1924) and is almost 20,000 square feet. My husband and I enjoyed the exhibits but it seems to be geared more towards the kids than adults....  more »
  • Our Girl Scouts have learned so many different things from here.They really enjoyed looking at the different pottery art. 
  • My kids love the Science Center. There are many hands-on learning centers about motion/force, gravity, and so forth. The aquarium is also hands-on. It is definitely worth visiting if you are in the ar...  more »
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  • I remember coming here as a kid and loving it. When I had a child of my own I knew that I was going to make it a major part of her early education. We still enroll in the camps and visit occasionally throughout the year, she is always excited to go. The exhibits change so keep updated through their website as to whats there currently. The aquarium touch tank is a must for younger kids, they love touching the rays and sharks.
  • This was by far the worst experience I have ever had at the science center and I have been coming here since I could even remember! There was hardly anything; not worth the money I paid for four people. The worst part is when I had my handicap brother with me in the area othe sting rays he had picked up a sea shell and the women that was working the area came and yanked the shell right out of his hand cutting his hand and asked him if he knew how to read in a snappy voice when my brother does not know how to read. I will tell everyone of the miss conduct. I would rather drive the extra hour to discovery place in Charlotte than to the science center
  • My son had gotten free passes through school so we thought this would be a good day trip. The kids had a good time but there were several things out of order which was a little disappointing. I do have to say that the staff was beyond friendly. What exhibits they had were small & did leave a little to be desired. I would recommend it but would be disappointed if we had paid to get in & they upcharge a $1.00 extra for the cooler exhibits. Not a bad experience & the planetarium was the best part!
  • While we have been to museums with much more to see they were also much further away. My kids love this place and it keeps them occupied on rainy days so I love it too.
  • We have a membership here and my kids love it!