Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive; 704-568-1774; charlottemuseum.org
Ongoing: “Passport to the Queen City.” Kids 5-12 can get a CMH Passport, then get stamps for each program through the year – such as Latin America and the Day of the Dead Celebrations to African American History Day to Germany and the Queen City to Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony – that they attend, and get a prize if they hit 75 percent of the programs. (Most are free.)
Continuing exhibitions: “Solving the Rock House Mysteries” (Hezekiah Alexander House); “Charlotte Neighborhoods,” “On the Way to Here: Adventures in Photography, Music and Life,” “Keeping Watch on Water: Looking Back at our City of Creeks,” “A Focus on Sports,” and “Backcountry Gallery.”
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Sept. 29: Mad About Modern Home Tour. See mid-century architectural history by touring Charlotte homes.
Sept. 30: The British and the American Revolution in the Carolina Backcountry Tea. Learn about the history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in the later stages of the Revolutionary War.
Discovery Place Science
Part of a network of four hands-on museums in three cities. 301 N. Tryon St.; 704-372-6261; science.discoveryplace.org
Oct. 13: “Charlotte Mini Maker Faire.” Annual family-friendly festival for Charlotte’s maker community, where about 50 people showcase their technology, tinkering and innovation.
Oct. 23, Jan. 29, March 26: “Nat Geo Live.” The October event, “Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice,” features a National Geographic photo team that specializes in making underwater imagery. The January event. features former NASA astronaut Terry Virts. And the March event, “On the Trail of Big Cats,” features National Geographic photo journalist Steve Winter.
Dec. 8-May 5: “Bug Lab.” The U.S. premier of a lab created by New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, and Weta Workshop, the studio behind the sets, costumes and creatures for the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. The exhibit features bugs blown up to larger-than-life proportions for an immersive experience about what it’s like to be a bug.
Dec. 8-June 30: IMAX film “Backyard Wilderness.” A film about the unexpected wonders in our own backyards. It covers a seasonal year around a suburban home.
March 16: “HackathonCLT.” Nearly 1,000 hackers, coders, developers and innovators will work through the night at the seventh annual event to solve a big-data problem for a local charity.
April 9-29: “Spring Break Wizarding World.” Discovery Place will offer themed activities and experiments related to Harry Potter and his magical world, from mixing bubble potions to meeting fantastic beasts.
June (dates TBA): “Towers of Tomorrow.” The Empire State Building, Tokyo’s Skytree Tower and Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Resort will all be replicated using Legos. The exhibit will use 1.5 tons of Legos and take 2,000 hours to complete.
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road; 704-372-6261; nature.discoveryplace.org/
Feb. 2: “Groundhog Day.” Queen Charlotte, the city’s resident groundhog, will give her official weather report for the rest of winter.
Discovery Place Kids
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, 704-372-6261; 233 E. Washington St., Rockingham, 910-997-5266; kids.discoveryplace.org.
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.; museumofthenewsouth.org
Ongoing exhibitions: “K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace,” about police-involved shootings, both nationally and in Charlotte; “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers,” interpreting post-Civil War Southern history; “Let Love Reign,” photographs by former Charlottean Catalina Kulczar-Marin.
Through Nov. 18: “Splendid Service: Camp Greene & the Making of a New South City.” History and impact of the military base on Charlotte’s social, political and economic transformation during and after World War I.
Sept. 12: #ShapingCLT: “Unpacking Privilege.” Part of ongoing discussion series hosted by Davita Galloway.
Sept. 18: New South for the New Southerner: “Unsung Civil Rights Pioneers.” Part of ongoing discussion series with Dr. Willie Griffin, Levine historian, and Tom Hanchett.
Sept. 30: CLT 250 Family Birthday Party, celebration of the city’s 250th year.
Oct. 24: #ShapingCLT: “Healthy City.”
Nov. 4: Day of the Dead Family Day.
Nov. 13: New South for the New Southerner: “Camp Greene Lost and Found.”
Nov. 14: #ShapingCLT: “Evicted.”
Jan. 6, 2019: Three Kings Day.