Museum Tours Just for Members

Inside the mammal collections at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Photo: Steve Exum.

Members of the Museum get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Museum labs and collections, learn about the latest research and enjoy special access to normally restricted areas of the Museum.

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Each session can accommodate up to 25 members, depending on the location of the tour. All ages are welcome. No strollers allowed. See individual dates/times for details.

Members will receive the registration link in a “Members Exclusive” e-newsletter, which will be sent to the email address associated with your membership, during the month prior to each set of tour dates. Direct any questions to the Membership Office at or call 919.707.9296.

Tour Dates


Biodiversity: Exploring Nature’s Diversity

Evolutionary Biology & Behavior: Ants, Art, and Science

Astronomy & Astrophysics: Star Formation & Black Holes – FULL

  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Tour Group 1:  10:30am – 11:00am
  • Tour Group 2:  11:00am – 11:30am
  • Solar Observing (Weather Prmt.): 11:30am – Noon
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Tour Group 1: 1pm – 1:30pm
  • Tour Group 2: 1:30pm – 2pm
  • Solar Observing (Weather Prmt.): 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Mammalogy: Return of the Whales


Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe – FULL

Mammalogy: The Evolution of Animal Nature

Fluid Natural History: A Collections Perspective on Life Intertwined

Geology: The Multi-Faceted Nature of Rocks and Minerals – FULL

Birds: A Birds’-Eye View of the Ornithology Collections

Dinosaurs: Puzzle Pieces in the Evolution of Life – FULL

Microbiology: Meet Your Microbes