Astronomy Days 2024

Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4, 2024

10am–5pm both days

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences strives to provide a fun and friendly educational environment for all people, regardless of their abilities. Our goal is to make Astronomy Days as accessible as possible, so that the greatest number of event guests can take advantage of everything the event has to offer.

LOUD NOISE WARNING: During the entirety of the event, on both Saturday and Sunday, Blast-Off Rockets will be fired off on the Bicentennial Plaza, near the Museum’s Nature Exploration Center (NEC) entrance . The rockets make a loud popping noise caused by the instant release of pressurized air. If you are sensitive to loud or unexpected noises, please consider entering the Museum through the Nature Research Center (NRC) at 121 W Jones St.

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Venue: NC Museum of Natural Sciences

The festival will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor activities will be located in the Nature Exploration Center (NEC) and Nature Research Center (NRC) in downtown Raleigh. Outdoor activities are limited and will be located on Bicentennial Plaza.

Wheelchair Rentals

Courtesy manual wheelchair rentals will be available at the front desks of each building.  There is a limited supply of chairs, and a photo ID is required for reservation.

Sighted Guides

  • We will have trained volunteers to assist visitors (2 hours maximum). Visitors will need to preregister for sighted guides by Friday, February 2.
  • Please register for a sighted guide by calling Kari Wouk at 919.707.9879 or emailing her at Please provide your first and last name and the time period for which you will need a sighted guide.

ASL Interpreter

You may request an ASL interpreter for certain exhibits and presentations by calling calling Samantha Frigerio at 919.707.9824 or emailing her at no later than Friday, January 20.

Accessible Restrooms




There are accessible restrooms located throughout the Nature Exploration Center (NEC) and the Nature Research Center (NRC).

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Family Restrooms are available for use on the 3rd floor of the NEC.

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There is a nursing room located on the 1st floor of the NEC, behind the Coastal Hall. Please ask the information desk for a key to unlock this room prior to use.

Quiet Room

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There will be a quiet room available on the 2nd floor of the NEC, located in the Brimley Hall. This room is intended to provide a quiet and calm environment where festival attendees can spend time away from the busyness and noise of the event.

Assisted Listening Devices

Assisted Listening Devices (ALD) for certain events and presentations are available upon request on a first-come first-served basis.  To reserve a device, please register by calling Samantha Frigerio at 919.707.9824 or emailing her at Please provide your first and last name and the time period for which you will need an ALD.  Numbers are limited so reserve ALD’s as early as possible.

Help us Improve Event Accessibility!

We want you to help us ensure that you have the best experience possible at our event. If you have any additional questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact the Museum’s Coordinator of Accessibility and Inclusion, Samantha Frigerio at 919.707.9824 or emailing her at