Charlotte Nature Museum to plan $28M expansion

Photo from Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Nature Museum is planning a $28 million expansion and renovation.

Museum leaders presented their plans Tuesday to Mecklenburg County commissioners to seek their advice and feedback.

Discovery Place President Catherine Wilson Horne says the county gives the museum $28,000 a year for operations, facility improvements and renovations, and owns the land and building the museum occupies.

The museum hasn't started raising money. Construction of a new nature museum would start in 2018 with a grand opening in 2020.

Horne says plans call for the new center to bolster its displays with more animals from the Piedmont region. The expansion also would incorporate technology in exhibits that explore the climate and open new classrooms.

Horne says nearly 10,000 schoolchildren visited the museum this year.