RALEIGH – This spring, prepare your sense of adventure and head to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for a tropical rainforest journey. The Museum’s latest special exhibition, “Rainforest Adventure ,” opens April 26, 2014.
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. Supplemental children’s activities have been developed in collaboration with Marbles Kids Museum. Rainforest Adventure is designed for families with children ages 4-12.
Tickets: $7 for Adults; $5 for Children 3-12; $6 for Students, Seniors and Military; FREE for Members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.naturalsciences.org/exhibits/special-exhibits .
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.
Minotaur Mazes is a Seattle-based, worldwide traveling exhibitions company specializing in complete, interactive exhibition experiences within a maze setting. Mazes are engaging both mentally and physically, and a tactile experience helps visitors young and old retain ideas long after they have left the exhibition. Minotaur is committed to crafting quality, creative exhibitions that introduce ideas of sustainability and personal responsibility for the world and its people.