Special Exhibits

Rainforest Adventure

Opens April 26, 2014

Toucan in the rainforestThis 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.

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.

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

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Rainforest Adventure Events


Rainforest Adventure Events - free except as noted

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

Rainforest Adventure Grand Opening
NEC (main building) and NRC

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

Family Herp Hunt
Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Saturday, May 17

Mammals Nature Walk
Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Tuesday-Friday, May 20-23

Meet the Animals
Windows on the World

Thursday, June 19
7:00 pm

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

Thursday, June 26

Coffee Night

Saturday, July 12
1:00 pm

Member Tours: Rainforest
Biodiversity Lab, Collections, Animal Care

Monday-Friday, July 7-11

Summer Camps: Rainforest Science
Rising 4th–5th graders

Monday-Friday, July 14-18

Summer Camps: Tromping Through the Tropics
Rising K–1st graders

Saturday, July 19
7:00 pm–midnight

Moth Night Walk
Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Monday-Friday, August 11-15

Meet the Animals
Windows on the World

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

Brimley Society Exclusive: An 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
6:00-9:00 pm

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