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NC Museum of Natural Sciences hosts “Edwardian Night of Costumes”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 23, 2012
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Contact: emelia.cowans@naturalsciences.org; 919.707.9837

(Raleigh)—Celebrate Halloween at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in your best costume and you could win tickets to see the Museum’s newest traveling exhibit, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and other cool prizes! In the spirit of Halloween, the Museum will host an “Edwardian Night of Costumes” for people 16 and up on Thursday, November 1 in the main auditorium. Free. Participants should arrive at 6 p.m. for check-in and registration. At 6:30 p.m., Dr. Katherine Carroll, Asst. Professor in the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management at N.C. State University will give a brief talk about the first-, second-, and third-class clothing that may have been worn by passengers aboard the Titanic. The costume contest follows her talk. Categories include most artistic/original costume, best makeup, best Edwardian costume (period accurate), best group/couple, judges’ favorite, best hat and best moustache!  For contest rules visit www.naturalsciences.org/programs-events/edwardian-night-costumes.

The Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910. The period is sometimes extended beyond Edward's death in 1910 to include the years up to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The period also brought with it a grand style of wardrobe including tight corsets, long dresses and large hats for women and tailored suits and top hats for men.

Throughout the run of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, the Museum will hold Titanic-related events, talks and activities, including Titanic Last Suppers featuring foods that were served onboard the ship, a Valentine’s Day “Star crossed Lovers” Night, and much more. Many of those events will fall on Thursdays because the Museum is now open until 9 p.m. Tickets to see the exhibit are discounted on Thursdays and every First Friday now through April 28, 2013. For more information about the “Edwardian Night of Costumes,” contact Genevieve Bot at genevievebot@naturalsciences.org.

Tickets for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition: $14 for Adults; $11 for Seniors (65+), Students and Military; $9 for Children (3-12); $8 for Museum Members; $11 on Thursdays and First Fridays (evening hours only). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  or call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.


RMS Titanic Inc. has a singular purpose: to faithfully and respectfully preserve the memory of Titanic and of all who sailed with her. Over the past 15 years, more than 22 million people have seen this powerful exhibition in major museums worldwide — from Chicago to Los Angeles and Paris to London. RMS Titanic Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of the Titanic. In all activities and events related to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, the Museum of Natural Sciences wishes to remember and honor those whose lives were lost due to the Titanic’s tragic sinking 100 years ago. 

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the Web at www.naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2012