Adult Nights

Calling all cocktail chemists, social scientists and late-night naturalists! Adult Nights offer a unique opportunity for adults 21+ to experience the Museum at night while exploring the uncensored side of science in an upbeat social atmosphere. Each event features interactive science stations, games, local entertainment, and special activities tailored to the evening’s theme. Beer, wine, cocktails and food are available for purchase. Costumes encouraged.

Tickets: In advance: $15, $10 for Friends of the Museum members. At the door: $20, $10 Members. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. A photo ID is required for entry.

New! Become a Catalyst member and the first round of drinks is on us! For just $12 a month, you and a “plus one” will receive two free drink tickets at each Adult Night, access to sold out Adult Night events, a complimentary pair of tickets to one Adult Night of your choice and more! Become a Catalyst today!

Upcoming Adult Night Events

Natural Selections

Friday, August 17, 2018

Join NC brewers at the Museum for our fifth annual Natural Selections event!

Enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science among the Museum’s dioramas. Sample unique creations fitting the Museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. Enjoy hands-on science of beer activities, games and live music. Vote for your favorite beer during the event and award the third annual Natural Selections People’s Choice Award to one lucky brewery.

More information and tickets to Natural Selections

The Upside Down Halloween

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hop on your bikes and travel to the Upside Down! Enjoy a strange experience filled with themed science stations and activities before dancing the night away in the SECU Daily Planet Theater to hits from the 1980s!

More information and tickets to The Upside Down Halloween


Friday, February 22, 2019

More information coming soon!


Friday, May 10, 2019

More information coming soon!

Halloween at Hogwarts

Friday, October 25, 2019

More information coming soon!

Past Adult Night Events

May the Fourth Be With You

Friday, May 4, 2018

This IS the event you’ve been looking for! Guests explored new galaxies, ecosystems of distant worlds and cutting edge technologies in a galaxy not so far away. We used the Force to separate the science from the fiction in the Star Wars universe.

May the Fourth Be With You Photo Gallery

Halloween at Hogwarts

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Guests stepped through to Platform 9¾ and were transported into the magical world of Harry Potter. They practiced their Defense Against the Dark Arts or took in a game of Quidditch at our Halloween Adult Night. Butterbeer, Potions class, and detours through the Forbidden Forest made this a night to Remembrall!

Halloween at Hogwarts Photo Gallery

Mardi Gras

Friday, February 9, 2018

Guests grabbed their krewe and joined us for our Big Easy bash as Adult Nights moved to Friday nights. They discovered the biodiversity of the bayou, tasted Cajun cuisine, fished for ‘gators, and weathered hurricanes. The event featured live music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves. View the photo gallery below and let the good times roll in “N’awlins”!

Mardi Gras Photo Gallery

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