Special Exhibits

Rainforest Adventure

April 26–September 1, 2014

Girl spinning the rain wheel in the Rainforest Adventure special exhibition.This spring, prepare your sense of adventure and head to the Museum for a tropical rainforest journey.

Swing like a spider monkey. Ride the butterfly zip-line. Discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. Visitors to this new exhibition are invited to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.

The journey begins in the highest treetops surrounded by migratory birds and radiant sunlight. In an effort to reach the forest floor, visitors must answer questions about the rainforest. Incorrect answers lead to dead ends, while correct answers lead them deeper into the four layers of the rainforest: emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor.

Created by Minotaur Mazes, Rainforest Adventure offers visitors an interactive experience that empowers them to make a difference after they learn how essential rainforests are to human health and survival, and that in caring for the rainforest they are caring for the planet.

Ticket prices: FREE for Members; $7 for Adults; $5 for Children 3-12; $6 for Students, Seniors and Military.

Exhibit hours
Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm)
Sunday: noon-5pm (last entry at 4pm)

Evening Hours
Open until 8pm on First Fridays (last entry at 7pm) 

Buy Tickets for Rainforest Adventure

Rainforest Adventure is sponsored by Capitol Broadcasting Company and UNC-TV Kids Club with supplemental children’s activities developed in collaboration with Marbles Kids Museum.

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Rainforest Adventure Events

Rainforest Adventure Events

Saturday, April 26
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Rainforest Adventure Grand Opening
NEC (main building) and NRC

Thursday, May 15
5:30-8:00 pm

Family Herp Hunt
Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Saturday, May 17

Nighttime Mammals
Prairie Ridge Ecostation

May 20-23

Meet the Animals
Windows on the World
Saturday, June 7 Rainforest Adventure: Scout Discount Day
Plus Rainforest-themed Meet the Animals programs
@ 1:30 & 2:30pm in Windows on the World.
$4 per person 

Thursday, June 19
7:00 pm

Science Café: Jim Costa: Darwin & Wallace In the Tropics
The Daily Planet Café

Thursday, June 26

Coffee and Chocolate Night
Saturday, July 5

Rainforest Adventure: Military Discount Day
$4 per person

Saturday, July 12
1:00 pm

Member Tours: Rainforest
Biodiversity Lab, Collections, Animal Care

July 7-11
Summer Camps: Rainforest Science
Rising 4th–5th graders
July 14-18
Summer Camps: Tromping Through the Tropics
Rising K–1st graders

Saturday, July 19
7:00 pm–midnight

Moths at Night
Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Saturday, August 2

Rainforest Adventure: Scout Discount Day
$4 per person

August 11-15

Meet the Animals
Windows on the World

Friday, August 8
5:30-9:00 pm

Brimley Society Exclusive: Tropical Evening at the Living Conservatory
NEC (main building); $35

Thursday, August 14
2 sessions, 4:00 & 5:00 pm

Member Exclusive: Wet Lab Tour
Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Friday, August 22
5:00-8:30 pm

Evening Living Conservatory Tour
NEC (main building), 4th floor; $5 public, free to members