Gamera movie screenshot

Explore Gamera and the science of flying space turtles at Museum’s Final Friday, March 31

March 21, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — Variously depicted as a fire-breathing prehistoric tortoise or a bio-engineered sea turtle capable of outer space flight, Gamera, the hard-shelled monster twin to Godzilla, leaves a lot to unpack, science-wise. Enter his world, and the world of Japanese monster or “kaiju” movies, when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences presents “The Science… Read More >


Adult Nights: Throwback Thursday '90s

Museum creates own version of wayback machine, revisits the ‘90s

March 8, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — It’s time to dust off your pagers and Doc Martens — the ‘90s are back! Explore the trends, fads and scientific discoveries of the ‘90s when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences presents “Adult Night: Throwback Thursday” on March 23, 7-10 p.m. Neon track suits and Tamagotchis welcome. Twenty-one and overs… Read More >


A young visitor admires a visiting boa constrictor at Reptile and Amphibian Day. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

Here be dragons: Museum celebrates Reptile & Amphibian Day, March 11

March 1, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. ― Enjoy presentations, exhibits, craft tables and hundreds of live animals from North Carolina and around the world — including bearded dragons, venomous Gila monsters and giant alligator snapping turtles — when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences celebrates its 23rd annual Reptile & Amphibian Day, Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m.–5 p.m…. Read More >


Banks Lake Foggy Morn by Richard Mathis.

Richard Mathis’ “Intimate Portraits of Mother Nature” opens at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery, March 3

February 28, 2017

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Illuminations: Intimate Portraits of Mother Nature,” by Richard Mathis. The photography show runs Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 26. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, March 4, 2–4 p.m. inside the Gallery. Mathis’ landscape portraits of Mother Nature have won… Read More >


The SECU Daily Planet with the NEC in the background. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Receives Highest National Recognition

February 27, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences was initially accredited in… Read More >