SciREN Triangle 2014 by Eric Johnson, UNC

NC Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Educator Open House September 10

September 1, 2015

RALEIGH — Educators, have you ever wondered how estuaries breathe, and why fish sometimes can’t? Or wanted to learn what lives on your skin, and the cool adaptations that enable them to do so? Then you’re invited to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, September 10 from 5:30 to 8:30pm, for… Read More >


Ziapelta by Sydney Mohr

Tail As Old As Time – Researchers Trace Ankylosaur’s Tail Evolution

August 31, 2015

How did the ankylosaur get its tail club? According to research from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences that traces the evolution of the ankylosaur’s distinctive tail, the handle arrived first on the scene, and the club followed. The typical ankylosaur had a wide armored body and a flexible… Read More >


Screenshot from "Bug" movie.

Museum of Natural Sciences shows “Bug,” the picture you see with your eyes closed

August 25, 2015

RALEIGH — They look like rocks. Possess a high intelligence. Have no eyes. Eat ashes. Make fire. Kill. Don’t miss “Bug,” invading the big screen at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, September 4 at 7pm. After an earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires,… Read More >


Extreme Mammals

NC Museum of Natural Sciences to explore the amazing world of mammals

August 18, 2015

Explore the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time,” a new exhibition opening September 26 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Inspect oversized claws, massive fangs, extraordinary snouts, amazing horns, and other traits that make these mammals truly remarkable. Uncover the characteristic… Read More >


Humpback Whale

Museum hosts LIVE Television Event August 31 Showcasing Marine Life along the West Coast

August 17, 2015

RALEIGH — Once a year, in late August and early September, an extraordinary confluence of some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures occurs. Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for a live look at California’s Monterey Bay and watch one of nature’s great “reality” shows, featuring humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions,… Read More >


Chimney Swifts by Dominic Sherony. Creative Commons Licensed.

Celebrate chimney swifts August 21–23

August 12, 2015

Enjoy Celebrate Chimney Swifts Weekend, August 21–23, at the Museum’s NRC and Prairie Ridge Ecostation The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Wake Audubon Society, ToyotaTogetherGreen and the National Audubon society are teaming up for Celebrate Chimney Swifts Weekend, Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23, with a series of events to promote conservation and… Read More >


Jeff Beane

Museum herpetologist Jeff Beane named Tar Heel of the Week by N&O

July 29, 2015

BY MARTI MAGUIRE Correspondent for the News & Observer RALEIGH — Jeff Beane isn’t what you’d typically call a “people person.” As manager of the N.C. Museum of Natural Science’s herpetology collection, he works with the thousands of dead snakes, salamanders, turtles and frogs that float in jars at a West Raleigh lab. He spends much… Read More >


Steps to the Chapel by Mark Stephenson

“Moments of Eternity” by painter Mark Stephenson opens at Nature Art Gallery August 7

July 24, 2015

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Moments of Eternity,” a series of oil paintings by North Carolina native Mark Stephenson, Friday, August 7 through Monday, August 31.


Jeff Beane and a lizard friend

Museum collection manager garners Wildlife Diversity Award

July 16, 2015

(RALEIGH) North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Collection Manager of Herpetology Jeff Beane was presented with the 2015 Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission today. This award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. Beane… Read More >


Mouse, meet cat. The eMammal research project looked at the roaming and hunting habits of domestic cats.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Cats Avoid Places Coyotes Roam

June 30, 2015

Domestic cats might be determined hunters, but they stick mostly to residential areas instead of venturing into parks and protected areas where coyotes roam. That’s the key finding from a North Carolina State University analysis of more than 2,100 sites – the first large-scale study of free-ranging cats in the U.S. published in the Journal… Read More >


Carnufex carolinensis, the Carolina Butcher

Crocodile Ancestor Was Top Predator Before Dinosaurs Roamed North America

June 29, 2015

A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor may have filled one of North America’s top predator roles before dinosaurs arrived on the continent. Carnufex carolinensis, or the “Carolina Butcher,” was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling crocodylomorph that walked on its hind legs and likely preyed upon smaller inhabitants of North Carolina ecosystems such as armored reptiles and early… Read More >


Boy learning to use a pipette in the Micro World Investigate Lab

The Biogen Foundation awards the NCMNS $584,700 grant to further cutting-edge science lab-based programming

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will continue to develop and implement public programs focusing on biotechnology and human health for students statewide thanks to a generous three-year grant from the Biogen Foundation (formerly Biogen Idec Foundation). The $584,700 grant is the largest that the Biogen Foundation has ever awarded to a… Read More >