‘World-class’ Discovery Place museum at Freedom Park groundbreaking event held – Fox 46 Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Groundbreaking on Freedom Park’s new ‘world-class’ Discovery Place nature museum facility is officially set to kick off.

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A ceremonial event was held on Tuesday and featured a tree-planting for what Discovery Place officials say will be “a new nature haven and world-class environmental education center serving the Carolinas.”

Discovery Place has several locations around Charlotte and has had a presence here since 1946.


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“We are proud to support the new nature museum, which will be an important contributor to Mecklenburg County’s continuous efforts to expand the quality and availability of its public learning spaces,” Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio said at the event. “The elevated experiences and new programming at the museum will grow with our residents and educate our community for generations to come.”

Diorio attended the event alongside Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Chair George Dunlap to celebrate the new facility, which is projected to debut in the fall of 2025.

“The original building that housed Charlotte’s nature museum opened more than 70 years ago,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, Discovery Place President & CEO. “Our city has grown exponentially in a way that most cities can only dream about since that time, and we are thrilled to have finally broken ground on what will be a true cultural amenity and destination for Charlotte residents and visitors alike.”

An otter habitat is among the features expected to be a part of the new digs.

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