RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences would like to thank and celebrate the members of our military through its own Military Appreciation Week, July 21–27. During that week, the Museum is offering all active, reserve or retired military and their families discounted tickets to the current special exhibit (Dinosaurs in Motion), as well as discounted store merchandise and Museum memberships. The week will also feature special presentations from area scientists, including NC State University’s Tyson Wepprich, who researches a species of butterfly found only within the boundaries of Ft. Bragg Army Base, and Museum ornithologist John Gerwin, who will talk about common birds found in and around military bases of eastern North Carolina.
“The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is honored to participate in Military Appreciation Week as a strong signal of our esteem for those who serve our country in uniform,” remarks Emlyn Koster, PhD, the Museum’s Director. “Museums are places for reflection and inspiration,” he adds, “peaceful places for learning about the world around us. I hope that the members and families of the military thoroughly enjoy their immersion in the Museum of Natural Sciences.”
During Military Appreciation week, all tickets to the Museum’s special exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion, are only $6 for visitors showing Military ID. Members of the Military also receive 15% off all merchandise in the Museum Stores, a 10% discount in the Daily Planet Café, plus $20 off Friends of the Museum memberships. This is the world premiere of Dinosaurs in Motion , a new exhibit that blends art with science and features 14 magnificent, life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils and built by Asheville artist John Payne. The exhibit runs through September 8.
The Museum is open Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm; and Sunday 12–5pm. General Admission is FREE. A full schedule of Military Appreciation Week presentations and other related events will be available at www.naturalsciences.org/militaryweek . Visitors must show military ID to receive discounts.