Programs & Events

Rainforest Adventure Grand Opening

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Apr. 26, 2014 | Saturday, 9:00am
Multiple Times: 
Early entry and special benefits for members only
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences
Free event, special exhibit entry prices below

MacawEmbark on your own Rainforest Adventure in the heart of downtown Raleigh!

Hear from Museum scientists about their rainforest-related research; meet live animals and insects that inhabit the rainforest; enjoy hands-on educational activities for the whole family.

Just for Friends

Be the first to see the exhibition. Enjoy member exclusive early-bird entry from 9 to 11am. The first 500 members to arrive will receive a collectible VIP pass. Show your badge throughout the day for these special benefits:

  • Free stretchy frog and 20% discount in the Museum stores
  • 10% discount at The Daily Planet Café and Acro Café
  • Reserved front row seating at SECU Daily Planet Theater talks (first come, first served)
  • Plush toy giveaways, and more! 

Not a member yet? Join today and get in FREE to this exhibition, as often as you’d like!


Event Schedule
9:00–11:00 am Member exclusive early-bird entry into special exhibition
Main building, second floor
11:00 am Exhibit opens to the public
Main building, second floor

Meet the Animals
Windows on the World, main building, third floor

11:30 am Rainforest biodiversity in Malaysian Borneo
Julie Urban, Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab Assistant Director
The rainforests of Borneo are known as hot spots of biodiversity with fantastic organisms including hornbills, pitcher plants, orchids, bats and, of course, bizarre insects. Learn about these fascinating organisms as Dr. Julie Urban takes you on a guided tour of Gunung Mulu National Park, a world heritage site in Sarawak, Malaysia, where she has conducted several research expeditions.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NRC
1:30 pm Meet the Animals
Windows on the World, main building, third floor
Discovering Amphibians and Reptiles in the Rainforests of Southeast Asia and Central Africa
Bryan Stuart, Curator of Herpetology
Museum herpetologist Bryan Stuart will talk about some of the species he has discovered in Laos, Vietnam and Gabon.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NRC
2:30 pm Meet the Animals
Windows on the World, main building, third floor
Biodiversity Exploration and Conservation in the Guiana Shield
Brian O’Shea, Collections Manager for Ornithology
Brian O’Shea will share his experiences as a member of an international team of biologists surveying remote areas of Guyana and Suriname, working with indigenous people, and developing strategies for conservation of the rainforests, wildlife and fresh water of this region.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NRC
3:30 pm Why Are There So Many Species in the Rainforest?
Jason Cryan, Deputy Museum Director for Research & Collections
What makes rainforests so special? Why are there generally more species of plants and animals in tropical jungles than in temperate forests? Dr. Jason Cryan’s entomological research has taken him to work in tropical forests all around the world. In this presentation, he will explore some of the reasons rainforests are treasure troves of biodiversity.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NRC

For more information, contact Andrea Jones,, or 919.707.9839.

Exhibition ticket prices: FREE for Members; $7 for Adults; $5 for Children 3–12; $6 for Students, Seniors and Military. Last entry time is 4pm.