Chris Smith and Emelia Cowans are our emcees for the annual pre-BugFest Critter Cook-off. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

Contenders from Taverna Agora and Sullivan’s Steakhouse square off in BugFest Critter Cook-off 2017

September 13, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The BugFest Critter Cook-off, the official start to BugFest, takes place on Friday, September 15 at 11 a.m. in the main building of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in the N.C. Treasures Hall (1st floor.) The Iron-Chef-style  competition features two local chefs who will go “knife to knife” for the title… Read More >


SciRen event at the Museum. Photo by Eric Johnson/UNC.

Educator Open House at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Sept. 21

September 11, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — 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 21 from 5:30 to 8:30… Read More >


A father and son catching insects at Prairie Ridge during Take a Child Outside Week. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

Museum Celebrates “Take A Child Outside Week” Sept. 24-30

  (RALEIGH, N.C.) — Take A Child Outside Week, an international initiative spearheaded by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, kicks off Sunday, September 24 and runs through Saturday, September 30. Designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from exploring the natural world, the program encourages children and adults to spend time… Read More >


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

N.C. Science Museums Grant Program awards $2.39 million to 54 science centers

September 6, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — From the Bald Head Island Conservancy to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, 54 science centers across the state will soon be receiving grant awards as part of the second year of the $2.39 million North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program. The program is one of the many ways that the State of… Read More >


BugFest 2017 - dragonflies

Dragonflies swarm to NC Museum of Natural Sciences for BugFest, Sept. 16

September 5, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) – Did you know the dragonfly is one of nature’s most impressive flyers, and some can fly at speeds up to 35 mph, or even backwards? Did you also know that dragonflies spend most of their lives underwater? Or that some dragonflies have been known to catch and eat hummingbirds?! Discover the wonderful… Read More >