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March 14, 2012 Logan Stewart 704-348-1972
Discovery Place, Inc. Earns Spot as Top-Ranked
Destination in North Carolina
Museum earns 3rd place nod in annual statewide survey
of museums and historical attractions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the second year in a row, Discovery Place, Inc. was ranked as the most visited museum and historic attraction in the Charlotte region. The organization also ranked third overall in North Carolina, according to an annual survey released by Carolina Publishing Associates. Visited by 745,060 guests in 2011, Discovery Place Inc.’s attendance included visitation to Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville.
“I am extremely lucky to work at a place filled with intriguing experiences that capture the imagination and engage visitors in the wonder of learning,” said John Mackay, president and CEO of Discovery Place. “It is an honor to have so many children, families, students and guests here every day excited to explore our exhibits, shows, programming, lab activities and more.”
The Top 30 North Carolina museums and historic attractions survey is conducted each year by Carolina Publishing Associates of Matthews, publishers of the annual Carolina Heritage Guide, Carolina Field Trips Magazine, The African American Heritage and Visitor’s Guide and the Carolina Sports Travel Guide.
A 2011 highlight for Discovery Place was the opening of the blockbuster exhibition Mummies of the World on November 11, 2011, which is scheduled to remain at the Museum through April 8, 2012.
About Discovery Place
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage the public in the active exploration of science and nature. More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place, its IMAX Dome Theatre and Charlotte Nature Museum each year. In June 2010, the Museum completed an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation, resulting in a completely transformed and re-imagined Museum with all-new interactive exhibits. Discovery Place is supported, in part, with operating support from the Arts & Science Council.
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, visit www.discoveryplace.org or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.