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"Science Thursdays" at the Museum: New Partnership Makes a Science Out of Having Fun

For Immediate Release — February 28, 2013

New Partnership Makes a Science Out of Having Fun in Raleigh on Thursday Nights

Museum, Time Warner Cable Partner for “Science Thursdays” and “Open Minds” Teen Science Café 

RALEIGH – Raleigh’s nightlife and aspiring scientists will get a terrific boost from a new partnership announced today between the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and Time Warner Cable.

With Time Warner Cable’s support, the Museum is expanding its “Science Thursday” programming between 5 and 9 p.m. every Thursday, with visitors engaging in the Science Café program, performing experiments in an Investigate lab, handling wildlife specimens in the Naturalist Center, joining activities with affiliate groups such as the Raleigh Astronomy Club and frequently enjoying live music. 

The new partnership launches tonight with a special welcome for Time Warner Cable employees to attend.

Time Warner Cable, through its Connect A Million Minds initiative, is also supporting the Museum’s teen science program, called the Open Minds: Teen Science Café, that meets on the first Friday of each month. 

“We are always looking for new ways to engage our visitors in the wonders of science,” said Dr. Emlyn Koster, Director of the Museum. “Science Thursday and the Open Minds teen science café provide opportunities for visitors who can’t always reach us during the workday and school day but possess a burning curiosity about science and its relevance to the opportunities and challenges facing our society and the environment – a curiosity we can help satisfy.”  

“This is an exciting partnership for us,” said Christine Whitaker, Area Vice President for Time Warner Cable in eastern North Carolina. “The Nature Research Center, the exciting new wing of the Museum of Natural Sciences, connects science with every level of learning, a perfect match with our Connect A Million Minds program and our channel devoted to science, technology, engineering and math education, which will feature videos of many of the Museum’s programs.”  

Science Thursdays each week will include: 

  • The Museum (main building and new wing) staying open until 9 p.m.
  • Informal science presentations at 7 p.m. in the Daily Planet Café. 
  • Discounts to “Titanic: the Artifact Exhibit” and in the Museum Stores.
  • Visitors performing experiments in our Investigate Labs.
  • Access to thousands of wildlife specimens in the Naturalist Center.
  • Additional special programming on a range of science topics.
  • Plus 3D movies, live music, Sci-Fi Book Club meetings and more.

The Open Minds: Teen Science Café meets the first Friday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Daily Planet Café, at the corner of Jones and McDowell streets, with programming specifically aimed at the next generation of innovators and explorers. The National Science Foundation also helps sponsor this café.

Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. More information can be found at www.connectamillionminds.com.

The Museum is located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. Parking is available on the street and in the garage at the corner of Edenton and McDowell streets, with the entrance on the Edenton Street side. 


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh documents and interprets the natural history of the state through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, and Sun. 12-5pm. General admission is free. Visit the Museum online at naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla III, Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2013