Special Exhibits

Current Exhibition

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, May 16-August 26, 2015

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil

May 16–August 16, 2015

There are more living creatures in a shovelful of rich soil than there are people on the planet. Yet, more is known about the far side of the moon than about soil. Dig It! reveals the complex world of soil and how this underfoot ecosystem supports nearly every form of life on Earth. Developed in conjunction with the Soil Science Society of America and Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, this exhibition includes interactive displays, hands-on models and 54 soil monoliths representing each U.S. state, territory and Washington, D.C. Exclusive bonus elements highlight North Carolina agriculture, pottery and research projects from our Museum.

Exhibition Hours

  • Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm)
  • Sunday: noon-5pm (last entry at 4pm)
  • First Fridays: 10am-8pm (last entry at 7pm)
Generous support from BASF, the Soil Science Society of America, and other NC donors enables free entry to this exhibition.

Special Event

Roots in Clay: NC Potter Ben Owen III, and Dig It! Sneak Peek
Friday, May 15, 5-8:45pm
Tickets are $15, $10 Members
More information

Educational Resources

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil — exhibition interactives, videos, and educational materials from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


Upcoming Exhibition

Extreme Mammals main graphic with batExtreme Mammals

September 26, 2015-March 27, 2016

What's extreme about mammals? How about a four-ton tongue? A tooth bigger than you? A bumblebee-sized bat? Usually we call something "extreme" when it departs significantly from the normal, average, or ancestral condition. But what's normal? This extraordinary exhibition explores the diversity of the biggest, smallest, and most amazing mammals that have ever roamed the Earth. Featuring spectacular fossils, vivid reconstructions, and life-like models — including a 15-foot-high model of the extinct Indricotherium, the largest known land mammal.

Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada.

Admission to Extreme Mammals

Adults — $15
Seniors (65+), Students, and Military with ID — $13
Children (3-12) — $10
Museum Members — Free

Group rates available for pre-registered parties of 10 or more. Please call the Museum Box Office (919.707.9950) for details.


Exhibition Hours

Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm (last entry at 4pm)
Sunday noon–5pm (last entry at 4pm)
First Friday of month 10am–8pm (last entry at 7pm)

Thank you to our sponsors:

The News & Observer, WRAL, and UNC-TV

Past Exhibitions

The World's Largest Dinosaurs

Rainforest Adventure

Birds of Paradise

Dinosaurs in Motion

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition

Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competitions

Our Expanding Oceans: The Blending of Art and Science

Animal Grossology

Glow: Living Lights

Resources for other past exhibits