“World Alive” Exhibit

Design of new aquarium and natural history exhibit exploring biodiversity for science museum

As part of Discovery Place's large-scale renovation, Cambridge Seven Associates designed the new "World Alive" exhibit to educate visitors about the biodiversity of our planet. At the entrance, an interactive 6' diameter globe with lighting and audio effects highlights important eco-regions, while the photographic mural on the surrounding walls contains hundreds of photos showing the beautiful and wondrous range of living things. In the Explore More Collections Gallery, visitors learn about the importance of natural history collections, while in the Explore More Life Gallery they experience a high-tech marine science lab outfitted with an array of interconnected equipment that provides educators with the tools to conduct exciting classroom science activities. World Alive also includes exhibits focused on the North Carolina Coast, and an updated living rainforest theatre. The exhibit culminates with the Aquarium gallery, which features jellyfish, living coral reef, and adaptation tanks.

Discover the new Discovery Place


WCNC takes a look at the recently-completed renovation and new exhibits for Discovery Place in Charlotte, the first re-do since the museum opened in 1981. Architects Cambridge Seven Associates and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting completed the $31.6M renovation project, which also …

Discovery Place renovation opens to huge crowds

News 14 Carolina

Charlotte’s News 14 visits the Discovery Place science museum, which unveiled the results of their large-scale renovation designed by architects Cambridge Seven Associates and Little. The grand opening was met by a line that went around the building, hitting the museum’s …

Discovery Place “World Alive” exhibit engages children

WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers a sneak peak inside the “World Alive” aquarium and natural history exhibit designed by Cambridge Seven Associates as part of Discover Place’s large-scale museum renovation. This $31.6M exhibit features aquarium exhibits, a rainforest theater …