Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time

This captivating new exhibition explores the surprising and often extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals. Featuring spectacular fossils and vivid reconstructions from the collections of the American Museum of Natural History, the exhibition examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny and speedy to sloth- like, and displays animals with over-sized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Through the use of dynamic media displays, animated computer interactives, hands-on activities, touchable fossils, casts, and taxidermy specimens, the exhibition highlights distinctive mammalian qualities and illuminates the shared ancestry that unites these diverse creatures.

The exhibition is divided into nine sections and addresses essential questions including:

What is a mammal? What is normal for mammals and how and why are some mammals extreme? How have mammals evolved in response to changing environmental factors? What are some of the most recently discovered mammals?

Scientific concepts explored include natural selection and adaptation, locomotion, and extinction. Examples of extreme physical attributes include headgear, teeth, noses, brains, body armor, tails, and reproduction. Extreme mammals that have inhabited North Carolina include shrews, Virginia opossums, coyotes, beavers, whales, skunks, otters, West Indian manatees, bats, flying squirrels, mastodons, and human beings!

More information: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/extreme-mammals


Extreme Mammals Exhibition Sponsor Levels

Partnerships and Opportunities for Community Engagement

Special exhibitions like Extreme Mammals provide the Museum’s educators and scientists unique opportunities to interact with thousands of individuals through on-site and off-site educational outreach. During the exhibition’s run at the Museum, from September 26, 2015 to March 27, 2016, staff members will develop and offer to individuals of all ages and stages of learning a comprehensive set of programs designed to complement the exhibition. To fully fund these programs and public activities, the Museum has launched a campaign to provide resources to support programs that enrich and enhancethe exhibit experience. Educational and community engagement and outreach efforts will include the following areas:

  • Educational Programming: K-12 teacher workshops and curriculum.
  • Scientific Presentations: Science Thursdays, Meet the Scientist, Teen Cafes.
  • Member special events and Behind-the-Scenes Tours.
  • Exhibition opening events.

Exhibition sponsorship opportunities range from $1,500 to $60,000 and allow donors to demonstrate their commitment to science education. Benefits may include tickets, logo placements, and more.

Fillable pledge form (Right- click on the link and save from the menu to download.)

Once you have completed the pledge form, save it and email to sarah.lowder@naturalsciences.org, or print and mail it to:

Friends of the Museum
P.O. Box 26928
Raleigh, NC 27611-6928

Please contact Sarah Lowder at 919.707.9826 or Angela Baker-James at 919.707.9847 with questions.

Exhibition Sponsorship Benefits

Your generosity will be recognized at the levels described below. Sponsorship benefits may be tailored for specific needs. Donors may choose to decline all or selected benefits, which may increase the tax-deductibility of the donation.

$60,000 Presenting Sponsor — Most Extreme

  • Prominent recognition on Extreme Mammals materials such as posters, rack cards, banners, exhibit gallery signage, box office signage, opening events materials, website, and display screens in Museum lobbies, NRC store, and café.
  • Name featured at science presentations, special and opening events, educational programs and on related materials.
  • Waived Museum rental fee and complimentary exhibit tickets for one event during the exhibition.
  • 60 complimentary one-year Family memberships to Friends of the Museum.
  • 100 complimentary tickets to Extreme Mammals.
  • Discounted exhibit tickets available to your employees or clients.
  • 30 opening gala tickets including valet parking privileges.
  • Special recognition at the media preview of the exhibition and at the gala opening.
  • Opportunity to host a Museum scientist for a company event or meeting.
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s North Carolina Naturalist magazine.

$35,000 Lead Sponsor — Most Powerful

  • Recognition on Extreme Mammals materials such as posters, rack cards, banners, exhibit gallery signage, box office signage, opening events materials, and website.
  • Name listed at presentations, special and opening events, educational programs and on related materials.
  • Waived Museum rental fee and complimentary exhibit tickets for one event during the exhibition.
  • 35 complimentary one-year Family memberships to Friends of the Museum.
  • 100 complimentary tickets to Extreme Mammals.
  • Discounted exhibit tickets available to your employees or clients.
  • 25 opening gala tickets including valet parking privileges.
  • Special recognition at the media preview of the exhibition and at the gala opening.
  • Opportunity to host a Museum scientist for a company event or meeting.
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s North Carolina Naturalist magazine.

$20,000 Sponsor — Most Electrifying

  • Name and/or logo on Extreme Mammals materials such as posters, rack cards, banners, exhibit gallery signage, box office signage, opening events materials, and website.
  • Name listed on educational materials, events and programs.
  • 50% discount on Museum rental fee and complimentary exhibit tickets for one event during the exhibition.
  • 20 complimentary one-year Family memberships to Friends of the Museum.
  • 50 complimentary tickets to Extreme Mammals.
  • Discounted exhibit tickets available to your employees or clients.
  • 20 opening gala tickets including valet parking privileges.
  • Opportunity to host a Museum scientist for a company event or meeting.
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s North Carolina Naturalist magazine.

$10,000 Sponsor — Most Luminous

  • Name and/or logo on Extreme Mammals materials such as posters, rack cards, banners, exhibit gallery signage, box office signage, opening events materials, and website.
  • 25% discount on Museum rental and discounted exhibit tickets for one event.
  • 10 complimentary one-year Family memberships to Friends of the Museum.
  • 25 complimentary tickets to Extreme Mammals.
  • 10 opening gala tickets including valet parking privileges.
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s North Carolina Naturalist magazine.

$5,000 Sponsor — Most Amazing

  • Name on Extreme Mammals signage at Special Exhibits Gallery.
  • Name and/or logo on Museum website.
  • Discounted exhibit tickets for one event.
  • 5 complimentary one-year Family memberships to Friends of the Museum.
  • 20 complimentary tickets to Extreme Mammals.
  • 6 opening gala tickets including valet parking privileges.
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s North Carolina Naturalist magazine.

$3,500 Sponsor — Most Exotic 

  • Name and/or logo on Museum website.
  • 3 complimentary one-year Family memberships to Friends of the Museum.
  • 15 complimentary tickets to Extreme Mammals.
  • 4 opening gala tickets including valet parking privileges.
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s North Carolina Naturalist magazine.

$1,500 Sponsor — Most Adorable

  • Name and/or logo on Museum website.
  • 1 complimentary one-year Family membership to Friends of the Museum.
  • 10 complimentary tickets to Extreme Mammals.
  • 2 opening gala tickets including valet parking privileges.
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s North Carolina Naturalist magazine.