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 >


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Fishel Town Hall features Smart Growth discussion at Museum of Natural Sciences, March 30

February 17, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — Half of humanity, nearly 3.5 billion of us, live in cities. By 2030, almost 60 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas with 95 percent of that expansion happening in the developing world. Rapid urbanization puts pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the natural environment, and public health. Learn… Read More >


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Enter the Canine Mind at Museum’s Final Friday, Feb. 24

February 14, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — Do poodles have a sense of humor? Can you tell what your husky is thinking by the position of its tail? Why does Fido roll in putrid things despite having an amazing sense of smell? Explore these questions and more at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Final Friday, Feb. 24. Starting at… Read More >