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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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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Fantastic Sensory Sensation for the Entire Family

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Conover, North Carolina
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Conover, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Hickory, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Hickory
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

They have special exhibits and time spent with your family can not be replaced. Enjoy the time and questions to the answers and the hands on style.

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