1500 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054, USA
We have visited the planetarium, the museum itself, the nature trail and attended the Catawba Indian festival. We've enjoyed ourselves every single time we've been. You can push a stroller on the trail but at times it's very soft and rocky and not always the best for strollers. I would not wear good shoes especially if you plan to go to the Catawba Indian Village. There is very soft black dirt in that area.
Best museum around Charlotte. Covers all educative for kids. Very well maintained and most helpful staffs. I only wish it had some eat out place inside to spend more time.
The exhibits are really cool and the live animals are awesome. The enclosures are way too small though. Creepy nature was neat but it was more of a haunted house than being educational. The planetarium was over priced for the low quality. The projector is very dark and the seats are uncomfortable. The movie being shown was 8 years old. The museum is good but the planetarium is not worth it in my opinion.
I stopped to visit the museum while I was in the area. It has many exhibits that are typical of a natural history museum such as dinosaurs, minerals/rocks, eco system displays, birds, bugs, and other animals. It had an American Indian section and a specific North Carolina area which I thought were neat. There were also live animals in some places and I wasnt expecting that. The creepy house and exhibition was very interesting to me because it was based on a real person's experience finding out what was true or false in nature. Overall I would recommend it, some of the areas just seemed small to me or a little older.
Have gone here since I was a boy, took our kids here growing up, and have taken my little granddaughter once. Awesome exhibits that are very well done and interesting about state and local natural history. Great planetarium. There's a very nice nature trail at the back of the property that shouldn't be missed. They offer military, senior, and student discounts off of the already reasonable prices. Great place for all ages. Would highly recommend!