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Catawba Science Center

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Address: 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601-5168
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+1 828-322-8169
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Catawba Science Center

If you have elementary age children or younger, this is a great place to take them. The exhibits are very hands-on, and are appropriate for this age group. My rating of Very Good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Martha H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have elementary age children or younger, this is a great place to take them. The exhibits are very hands-on, and are appropriate for this age group. My rating of Very Good reflects the limitations for older students. However, the aquarium and planetarium do offer interesting programming for upper elementary and middle level students.

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Thank Martha H
Conover, North Carolina
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20 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This historic building houses the SALT block for Hickory. You can find Science, Arts, Literature, Technology, and so much more i.e., an Aquarium, Concerts, Broadway Plays. They offer a revolving science hands on displays for the children to learn and understand from dinosaurs to electricity to the human body. The aquarium is stocked with an array of water creatures and... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Great place for all ages the have sharks and Dinasours when we were there Also unique art collection

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Thank tjconaway
Hickory, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I think it's really neat for kids. So parents take your kids. They will enjoy the butterfly exhibit. I recommend spring and early summer.

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Thank pipestemcreek1
Hickory, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

My kids love The Science Center. This place is huge with an aquarium, and lots of science exhibits, a kids place area, and gift shop. I love the historical building, because its a former high school. There are lots of learning experiences for kids.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

We enjoy the science center. Exhibits rotate almost quarterly! My son could go every weekend to enjoy the science center. We always visit the aquarium on our trips! I have no complaints! Staff is always friendly! Planetarium always has good shows, as well! I would highly recommend going if you haven't!

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Thank Heather H
Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The science center is in the old Claremont High School (built 1924) and is almost 20,000 square feet. My husband and I enjoyed the exhibits but it seems to be geared more towards the kids than adults. The exhibits are very well done. There is an annex building behind the old school that has the aquarium. They also have a... More 

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Thank cheryl h
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Our Girl Scouts have learned so many different things from here.They really enjoyed looking at the different pottery art.

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Thank Carmen T
Hickory, North Carolina
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

My kids love the Science Center. There are many hands-on learning centers about motion/force, gravity, and so forth. The aquarium is also hands-on. It is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. Check out their website for special events or free entrance.

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Thank Pamela F
Hickory, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

My grandson and I go often. He just loves the place and the staff are very informative and friendly.

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