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Museum Open House

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm
Just for Friends: Collection tours

Get an inside look at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Saturday, October 24, at the first Museum Open House. Enjoy behind-the-scenes opportunities, live animals, meet Museum scientists and staff, learn how you can aspire to a career in museums, discover more about who we are and what we do, and learn how you can get involved.

Meet the Animals

  • Mammal Adaptations  Meet a domestic rabbit, a chinchilla, a fancy rat, a Guinea pig and an African white-bellied hedgehog!
  • Crocodilians  Meet an American alligator and a Cuvier’s dwarf caiman!
  • NC Snakes Meet a rat snake, a corn snake, a northern pine snake, an eastern kingsnake, and a scarlet kingsnake!
  • Birds Meet an African collared dove and lots of cool mounts!
  • Boas and Pythons Meet a boa constrictor, a Brazilian rainbow boa, a ball python and a rosy boa!
  • Milksnakes Meet an eastern milksnake, a black milksnake, a Sinoloan milksnake, a Stuart’s milksnake, a mole kingsnake and a scarlet kingsnake!
  • NC Turtles Meet a common snapping turtle, an eastern box turtle, a diamondback terrapin, a mud turtle, a painted turtle, a yellow-bellied slider and a spotted turtle!
  • Big Lizards Meet a Mali uromastyx, a Sudan plated lizard and a blue-tongued skink!
  • Ferrets Meet our domestic ferrets!
  • Tropics Meet our poison dart frogs, a chinchilla, an ornate wood turtle and a red-footed tortoise!
  • Desert Animals Meet our ornate uromastyx, bearded dragon and emperor scorpion!

Museum Careers

Meet Museum staff members and learn about exciting career opportunities in the museum field. SECU Daily Planet Theater

  • 10:30am: Liz Baird, Chief, School and Lifelong Education
  • 11:30am: Jason Whitman, Museum Exhibit Designer
  • 12:30pm: Imogen Hoyle, Marketing Coordinator
  • 1:30pm: Julie Horvath, Head, Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab
  • 2:30pm: Eric Knisley, Science Visualization Analyst

Citizen Science

Get Involved in Science with Citizen Science!

Help scientists from biological collections around the world – and right here in Raleigh – digitize their collections by joining our transcription party in the Citizen Science Center.  Demo the Museum’s upcoming data digitization citizen science project, biotraNsC, and assist with ongoing projects at other natural history museums as we celebrate the power of citizen science with WeDigBio.

Just for Friends

Enjoy member exclusive behind-the-scenes activities throughout the day. Check in at the Friends of the Museum membership table for your collectible VIP pass. Show your pass throughout the day for these special benefits:

  • Go Behind the Glass: Access to NRC labs and researchers
    • 10am–4pm: Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab
    • 11:30am–4pm: Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab
    • 12pm–3pm: Biodiversity Research Lab
    • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm: Paleontology Research Lab
  • Collection tours
    • 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm: Mammals
    • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm: Paleontology
    • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm: Birds
  • Snake feedings: 11am, 2pm, Windows on the World 
  • Living Conservatory Tours: 12, 1:30, 3pm, NEC, 4th floor
  • Investigate lab special classes
    • 11am-12pm: Lab Blast! Natural World iLab
    • 11am-12pm: Science of Soap, Micro World iLab
  • Discovery Room
    • 9-11am: Exclusive access for members
  • Solar viewing: 12-2pm, NRC, Rooftop terrace
  • Prize drawings for a private tour of Shark Tank and Venomous Snake areas
  • Discount on vintage museum T-shirts
  • 15% discount in Museum stores

Classes and tours are first come, first served. Tours are limited to children ages 6 and up. No strollers allowed. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Join the Friends of the Museum during the Museum Open House and take advantage of these special promotions:

  • For new members: Free Vintage Museum T-shirt or backpack with membership purchase
  • Existing members: Refer a friend and get a 3-month extension to your own membership. Share your membership number and name with your friends. For each friend who buys a membership that day, you receive a 3-month extension on your membership. Limit 4 referrals per member. New member must purchase onsite at Box Office or the membership table on Oct. 24 to qualify.

Friends of the Museum work to support educational programs, research and exhibits. Join today!


October 24, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Discovery Room, Environmental Conference Center, Micro World Investigate Lab, Natural World Investigate Lab, SECU Daily Planet Theater, Visual World Investigate Lab, Windows on the World

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Andrea Jones