Nature Exploration Center

Level/Space Amenities Capacity Availability Price
NEC Level A
Meeting Room
  • Small domestic kitchen
  • Podium
  • Screen, projector
  • Document camera
  • 65" Plasma
  • Computer, Wi-Fi
  • 75 reception
  • 55 seated
Day and Night
  • $300 Half Day
  • $500 Full Day
NEC 1st Floor
Exhibit Areas
  • Beautiful, natural coastal environment, live seahorses and coastal animals, sandy beach area with wildlife
  • Access to Lobby, Coastal Carolina, and NC Natural Treasures
  • Catering workroom and kitchen
  • Access to Auditorium requires an additional fee
  • 440 reception
  • 250 seated
Night Only (after 5pm) $950
Exhibit Areas and Auditorium
  • CD-quality surround sound; high-tech digital theater, 22-foot HDTV and broadcast system; state-of-the-art high-definition projection system
  • Professional audiovisual technician and camera technician available to assist with taping events for major media
  • Press conference capabilities
  • Laptop, wireless microphone, museum and portable sound systems.
  • Includes access to First Floor
  • 260 + Handicapped
Night Only (after 5pm) $1,250
NEC 2nd Floor
Exhibit Areas
  • Stunning 20-foot, 2-story waterfall cascading down the mountain side
  • Beautiful natural mountain environment
  • Scenic coastal overlook
  • Nature Explorers Hall
  • 450 reception
  • 220 seated
Night Only (after 5pm) $1,000
Exhibit Areas and Special Exhibits Hall
  • Large open room includes access to Second Floor
  • 825 reception
  • 420 seated
Limited Availability $1,500
NEC 3rd Floor
Exhibit Areas
  • Includes Mountains to the Sea, Terror of the South, Prehistoric NC, and Tropical Connections
  • Breathtaking glass dome with dramatic, two-tier lighting and spectacular views of the city of Raleigh
  • 110-million-year-old Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur, the only one of its kind displayed anywhere in the world
  • 450 reception
  • 250 seated
Night Only (after 5pm) $1,200
NEC 4th Floor
Exhibit Areas
  • Lofty space with skylight
  • View of Living Conservatory, a re-creation of a dry tropical rainforest featuring live butterflies, turtles, a sloth, tarantula and habitat specific plants
  • Access to Arthropod Zoo
  • Available until 9 pm
  • 250 reception
  • 180 seated
Night Only (after 5pm) $600
NEC 5th Floor
Board Room and Bicentennial Terrace
  • Dramatic, beautiful views of Capitol, Legislative Buildings and the city of Raleigh
  • Impressive corporate boardroom with glass walls and attached outdoor terrace
  • High-definition Plasma TV projection and state-of-the-art equipment for meetings
  • 35 reception
  • 18 seated
Day and Night
  • $300 Half Day
  • $500 Full Day or Night
NEC Combinations
1st and 2nd Floors
  • Excludes Auditorium, Discovery Room and Special Exhibits Gallery
850 Night Only (after 5pm) $1,800
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors
  • Same as First and Second Floor
  • Excludes Classrooms and Windows on the World
1,300 Night Only (after 5pm) $2,700
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors
  • Same as First, Second, and Third Floor
  • Excludes Living Conservatory
1,500 Night Only (after 5pm) $3,100
Prices shown above are for a four-hour period of time between the hours of 6 pm and 10 pm (unless otherwise noted).

Nature Research Center

Area Capacity Price
Evening Events
NRC 1st Floor
  • 120, Seated Dinner
  • 275, Reception
$1,400*
NRC 2nd Floor
  • 200, Reception
$1,400*
NRC 3rd Floor
  • 200, Reception
$1,400*
NRC 4th Floor
  • 175, Seated Dinner
  • 250, Reception
$1,800*
*Prices shown above are for a four-hour period of time between the hours of 6 pm and 10 pm (unless otherwise noted).
Day Events
Environmental Conference Center
  • 175, Seated Dinner
  • 250, Reception
  • $1,100 Half Day
  • $1,300 All Day


Amenities and Additional Costs

Tables and Chairs

A limited number of tables and folding chairs is available at no additional charge.

Membership

Membership in Friends of the Museum is required to rent the Museum. Non-members will be billed $55 for a membership and will enjoy full benefits of a one-year family membership including free or reduced admission to Museum special exhibits and free admission to more than 300 science museums worldwide.

Security

All after-hours events require security officers beginning 1/2 hour before your event time and ending 1/2 hour after your event ends. In consultation with the client, staff will determine the number of officers needed and arrange their scheduling. The additional cost is $35 per hour per officer with a 3 hour minimum.

Audiovisual Equipment and Technician Fees

Audiovisual equipment is available throughout the Museum. Requests for A/V needs are required 30 days prior to the event. A full list of equipment, pricing and technician fees are available upon request.

Educational Programming

Through this service Museum educators interact with your guests and invite them to explore a captivating array of natural objects, specimens and other materials. Programs on a wide variety of natural science topics, including a special evening featuring the Museum’s renowned paleontologist, are available. Full list of programs provided upon request.

Museum Store and Nature Art Gallery

The Museum Store is available to stay open late for after-hours events. There is a $100 deposit required for this service which will be refunded if guests spend a minimum of $100 in the Museum Store.


Exclusive Caterer

Rocky Top Hospitality

Lara Kelleher, Catering Sales Manager
Leanne Diemel, General Manager
919.707.8057
museumevents@rockytophospitality.com

Rocky Top Catering, is committed to making your next function a memorable experience. We will not settle for the ordinary, and neither should you. That is why we offer an array of options for any private party you want to host, be it a wedding rehearsal dinner, a smaller celebration or a corporate event.

We work with you in creating a menu to meet your tastes, cultural influences and themes.

Catering Menu


All Prices are Subject to Change

For more information or to schedule a site visit, please contact the Museum rental coordinator at museum.rentals@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.9845.