Public Hours and Admission

Tuesday – Friday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed to the public

Office Hours
Monday – Friday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located on the third floor of the Arts & Science Center Building

CSC is closed:

  • Mondays (office open — see above)
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Sunday

Admission Ticket

CSC Members: FREE
Adult $8.00
Senior (62+) $6.00
Youth (3 – 18) $6.00
Children (under 3) Free
Student (with ID) $6.00
Active Military (with ID) $6.00
Group Rate (10 or more) $6.00

General admission includes the opportunity to see a daytime public planetarium show on a first-come, first-seated basis.

American Adventure: CSC Members: FREE; Non-Members: General Admission plus $1.00

All admission fees are subject to 7% sales tax as required by NC General Assembly.


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Please note: Passes such as the one shown below (and similar) are good one discount per pass.  For example: “Free General Admission with the purchase of a General Admission of equal or greater value” would mean one person purchases General Admission and a second gets free General Admission (of equal or greater value). Only those two people per one pass. Additional people would require additional passes.

Similarly if there were two adults and two children in your party, and you had a pass for free children’s General Admission with purchase of an adult General Admission, the pass only applies once; for the second adult and child you would need a second pass.

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Catawba Science Center’s Portal to Science Passport allows families facing financial challenges to participate in Catawba Science Center’s exhibitions on any day CSC is open for only $1 per person. For more information, click here.






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