Greensboro Science Center's Original Petting Zoo


The Greensboro Science Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization (Tax ID # 56-0885727).


The Greensboro Science Center is committed to excellence in science education by providing the community with a dynamic, experiential and family-focused attraction designed to inspire scientific curiosity and encourage personal discovery about life and the natural world.


On October 5, 1957, the Greensboro Science Center first opened its doors (known then as The Greensboro Junior Museum) thanks to the efforts of community leaders, the Junior League and the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. In 1989, the city of Greensboro and the Greensboro Science Center Board of Trustees, entered into a public/private partnership and established the Center as a 501(c) 3, not for profit organization. The combination of public and private funds enabled the Center to add more exhibits and galleries, an entrance rotunda, new classrooms, a herpetarium, an aquatics lab, a reptile lab, a robotics lab, a mineral lab, an insect lab, a collections storage area and Animal Discovery Zoo. Currently, the Center is undergoing significant expansion plans outlined in its three-phase, seven-year Master Plan. Once complete in 2020, the Greensboro Science Center will be home to a state of the art accredited Science Museum, a high-tech OmniSphere Theater, an expanded and accredited Zoological Park and a world class Aquarium.


The Greensboro Science Center is the Triad’s premier family destination offering three great attractions: an Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. The Carolina SciQuarium, North Carolina's first inland aquarium features a variety of water-dependent animals including penguins, sharks, otters, eels, stingrays, a rare fishing cat, an anaconda and fish of all shapes and colors. Animal Discovery Zoological Park offers visitors more than 12 acres of up-close creature encounters with tigers, meerkats, howler monkeys, lemurs, crocodiles, tortoises, a red panda, farm animals and many more. In the Museum, visitors can walk among prehistoric dinosaurs and come face-to-face with a roaring 36-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex model, experience hurricane force winds in the Extreme Weather Gallery, take an interactive journey through the human body in HealthQuest, see live snakes in the Herpetarium, and enjoy hands-on learning and interaction in Kids’ Alley and in the touch lab. Also in the Museum is a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater that showcases awe-inspiring, full dome digital, laser and eye-popping 3D shows on a 40-foot dome ceiling.

The Greensboro Science Center offers a wide variety of educational programs, field trips, science workshops and camps throughout the year for children in Pre-K through high school. An on-site Fresh Market Café offers a variety of healthy and tasty fare and the TriceraShop gift shop offers unique gifts for children and adults of all ages.