Museum & Member Events

Special Exhibit Free for Members, opening April 26, 2014

Rainforest Adventure

Friends of the Museum members receive FREE admission to Rainforest Adventure. 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.

Rainforest Adventure Grand Opening Member Exclusive - Saturday, April 26, 2014

Early bird member entry to Rainforest Adventure, 9-11 for Members Only! First 500 members receive a special gift. Pick up your free exhibition tickets at the Museum Box Office. Lectures, Meet the Animals presentations, special discounts, giveaways and more! 9am-5pm,Free

World's Largest Dinosaurs, October, 2014

Free or discounted admission to special exhibits for Friends of the Museum members

Member Exclusive: Nest Watching for Science

May 3, 2014
Join us at Prairie Ridge Ecostation and learn how to monitor bird nests in your yard for science!

Member Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Inside the mammal collectionJoin Museum experts for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. As a benefit of membership, free members-only tours will be offered four times a year on a variety of topics. Space is limited. Registration is required. 

  • Get the inside scoop on your favorite exhibits
  • Discover our treasured collections, normally off-limits to the public
  • Learn how we care for the animals in our Living Collections
  • Go behind the glass and interact with researchers
  • Gain answers to your burning questions

2014 Tours


Thursday, January 16, 6pm


Join Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Laboratory Director Rachel Smith and Assistant Director Patrick Treuthardt for an expansive view of astronomy on Thursday, April 17. Learn about the structure and evolution of galaxies, how meteorites contribute to our understanding of how planets form, and what forming stars can tell us about the evolution of our solar system. Then take a trip to our rooftop terrace for a private viewing session through our brand new Celestron C6-SGT computerized telescope.
Register now

Rainforest (Full)

Saturday, July 12, 1pm

Wet Lab

Wednesday, August 14, 2 sessions 4pm and 5pm
Prairie Ridge, free. Registration begins July 14


Saturday, October 4, 1pm
Registration begins September 4

Space is very limited. Registration is required. All members ages 5 and older are welcome. No strollers allowed. Registration for each tour will open one month prior to the tour date. A registration reminder email will be sent to members before each tour. 

Not a member? Join now!

For more information, contact Andrea Jones at or 919.707.9839.

Box Turtle Tracking

Saturday, June 21, 2014
1 pm
Join us at Prairie Ridge Ecostation and learn the science of tracking box turtles!

Evening tour of Living Conservatory

Friday, August 22, 2014
6-9 pm
Registration is required, $5 public, free for members.

Family Safari Night

Saturday, September 13, 4 pm - Sunday, September 15, 10 am
Prairie Ridge, overnight camping experience.

BugFest Hospitality Lounge

Saturday, September 20
Free for members