FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 22, 2013
Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org  or 919.707.9837
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be open for visitors at 9 a.m. Monday, including the new wing, the Nature Research Center. All regular programs and exhibits will be operating as usual.
The Museum appreciates the understanding of visitors Sunday who were unable to visit the new wing today because of a break-in and minor vandalism early Sunday morning. The Museum's main building, at 11 W. Jones St., remained open Sunday.
Museum officials are still assessing the details and cost of the damage. Any questions about the investigation should be directed to State Capitol Police at 919-733-3333.
The Museum staff would like to express appreciation for the many calls and wishes of support and for the many visitors who turned out for BugFest on Saturday, the Museum's biggest event of the year, with approximately 35,000 attendees.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St. and 121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, is the state's most visited cultural attraction. It is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world, drawing them into the intriguing fields of study that are critical to the future of North Carolina. Hours: Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the web at www.naturalsciences.org . Emlyn Koster, PhD, Director; John E. Skvarla III, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Pat McCrory, Governor.