Sharks & Stingrays
See and touch different species of LIVE sharks and stingrays in this hands-on marine habitat. See Live shark feedings. Check CSC's Event Calendar for times.
Coastal North Carolina
Explore a coastal habitat for marine creatures. See and touch hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs and observe a variety of coastal fish.
Featuring Expedition Amazon
See rare and remarkable fish, frogs, snakes, turtles lizards and crabs native to the Amazon Basin. Look closely for freshwater stingrays and brilliantly colored poison dart frogs.
Get an underwater view of a variety of fish found in an Amazon oxbow lake – including
Silver Arowana, Eartheaters, Catfish and beautiful Peacock Bass. Learn
about oxbows, or crescent-shaped lakes in lowland Amazonia that form when a
river changes course.
Wall of Life
Biotope aquariums display species native to various habitats in
South America – whitewater, brackish and blackwater streams,
as well as an up-close look at predator, camouflage and endangered
fish species. Expedition Amazon includes electric fish, including
knifefish and a three-foot electric eel.
Hall of Astronomy
Explore the surface of Mars using a robot arm, view live images of our solar
system downloaded from the Hubble Spacecraft, create a dust devil and see a
model of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover in this hands-on exhibit area
located just outside the doors to the Millholland Planetarium.
Create and launch rockets, race a friend on pulley playground, take a spin
in Spin Circle, power a TV and electric fan, and more. Energy Avenue is located
in the lower level of CSC.
Design your own invention, build a rocket, experiment with circuits, make
a car that runs on air and bring your invention to life at the “Wall
of Moving Art.” Activities feature Take-Apart-Days, weekend demonstrations
and cool events.
Learn about conditions on the Sun, experiment with forces of water and experience
78 MPH of fun in CSC’s Tornado Simulator. Located off Energy Avenue on
the lower level of CSC.
Discover science North Carolina style. Climb the mountain wall, experiment
with sound and search for fossils at the end of the brook. This outdoor exhibit
space is closed during inclement weather.
Visit CSC's recently remodeled Naturalist Center – home of Seymour, an African spur tortoise, and Pedro, a desert tortoise.
Observe live reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids, in addition to an
eclectic collection of preserved animals, insects, fossils and more.
Explore the world around you - visit a farm, treehouse and play with the puppet
animals inside, experiment with light, go fishing and build an igloo with "ice
blocks" in this colorful, interactive learning space for CSC's youngest
Explore the principles of motion in this high-speed exhibit area with hands-on
activities using balls and various types of tracks.