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.

Combo tickets for Rainforest Adventure and Bugs! 3D movie: $10 for Adults, $6 for Children, $8 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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Coming Soon

The World's Largest Dinosaurs

A new exhibition about the super-sized sauropods, the most colossal animals to walk the earth

October 11, 2014–April 12, 2015

The World's Largest Dinosaurs poster: Special Exhibition opening October, 2014. Friends of the Museum get in free. The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a major new exhibition coming in October to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explores the amazing biology of a group of uniquely super-sized dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, some of which may have reached lengths of 130 feet. The exhibition draws on cutting-edge paleo-biological research that looks in part to living organisms to make inferences about how these giants were able to thrive, as a group, for approximately 140 million years. Through innovative exhibits — including the exhibition centerpiece, a life-sized, detailed model of a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus —The World’s Largest Dinosaurs takes visitors beyond the bones and into the bodies of these titans, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and reproduction are linked to size.

Distinguished by their colossal size, sauropods included animals of diverse shape, and ornamentation, such as the gigantic Apatosaurus, formerly known as Brontosaurus. Focusing on the biology and behavior of these diverse creatures, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs builds on a growing body of research that examines dinosaurs as living animals, primarily through comparisons with modern dinosaur relatives. 

The exhibition is curated by Mark Norell, chair of the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Paleontology, who has done groundbreaking work in the field of dinosaur biology, and features the work of exhibition guest co-curator Martin Sander from the University of Bonn in Germany. Sander has assembled a multi-disciplinary research team of experts in materials science, animal nutrition, sports medicine, biomechanics, and paleontology to address the intriguing question of what sauropods in particular were like as living animals and how they became so large. 

Tickets: Free for Members; $14 for Adults; $12 for Seniors, Students and Military; $8 for Children (3-12).

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950 or buy tickets online at https://bit.ly/wldtickets.



Past Exhibits

Birds of Paradise

Dinosaurs in Motion

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition

Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competitions

Our Expanding Oceans: The Blending of Art and Science

Animal Grossology

Glow: Living Lights

Resources for other past exhibits