Catawba Science Center has permanent exhibit areas that
explore the physical, natural and earth sciences, and interactive
traveling exhibits that rotate throughout the years. CSC also has
some outstanding freshwater and saltwater aquarium exhibits,
featuring North Carolina's only marine touch pool
with live sharks and stingrays.
One of the main highlights of the science center is the
Millholland Planetarium, a state of the art theater, featuring 30-ft
full-dome illuminated by digital technology -MEDIAGLOBE 3-D, created
by Konica Minolta of Japan- and a powerful surround sound system. In
addition to traditional planetarium shows, the Millhollard
Planetarium also has an AVI Skylase full-dome laser system, enabling
visitors to experience dynamic laser light shows accompanied by
modern pop, alternative, holiday and classic rock presentations.
CSC also offers many and varied educational programs to
the general public on an on-going basis,. and also maintains two
science-oriented gift shops as well as a climbing wall in the
courtyard. One of the more popular features of the center is
Naturalist Center where exhibits of live reptiles, amphibians,
insects and arachnids are presented.
Catawba Science Center
Distance: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville
Address: 243 3rd Avenue, Hickory NC 28603
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. -
4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Fees: Adults $6, Seniors $4, Youth (2-18) $4, Children under
3 -Free; Planetarium -$3
Allow: 1-2 hours
Catawba County Museum of History,
Harper House/Hickory History Center,
Hickory Museum of Art,
Historic Murray's Mill,
Historic Newton NC Depot
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 East towards
Statesville. Take Exit 123A-123B for US 321 toward Hickory. Continue
on US 321 North. Turn right at 2nd Avenue NW, turn left at 3rd
Street NE and take the 1st left onto 3rd Avenue.