The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

 Catawba
Science Center

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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The 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 pMillholland Planetarium at the Catawba Science Centerool 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 MillhAmazonian frogs at the Catawba Science Centerollard 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.

Website: Catawba Science Center
Location:
Hickory NC
Distance: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville
Address: 243 3rd Avenue, Hickory NC 28603
Telephone: 828-322-8169
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
Nearby:
Catawba County Museum of History, Harper House/Hickory History Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hiddenite Center, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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