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Dueling Dinosaurs Grand Opening

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Dueling Dinosaurs: illustrations of the tyrannosaur and Triceratops on an orange, yellow and teal background.

Dueling Dinosaurs Grand Opening Presentations

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Join us for a celebration of science innovation, discovery and education in North Carolina.

On Saturday, April 27, we’re celebrating the Grand Opening of Dueling Dinosaurs – an exciting new exhibit that will forever change how we view the world’s two favorite dinosaurs – the tyrannosaur and the Triceratops. Enter the world of a paleontologist, where you’ll see dinosaur fossils still encased in the sediment that buried them. Watch scientists in their lab as they uncover, grain by grain, the dinosaurs that lie beneath. Talk to the research team as they work to piece together this mystery. Join us on a thrilling journey of scientific exploration, 67 million years in the making.

The Dueling Dinosaurs Grand Opening is a community celebration of STEM innovation in North Carolina that brings research to the forefront, and is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Enjoy meeting Museum scientists as they showcase our research and collections. Meet scientists and professionals from universities and other organizations. Join in the excitement of paleontology, science and technology with fun hands-on activities, games, crafts and presentations. Programs are designed for all ages and stages of learning, and families are encouraged to attend.

This Grand Opening is FREE and open to the public. No ticket is required for entry to the Dueling Dinosaurs exhibit on this day only. Guests will be admitted first come, first served.


Want to be part of the event? Volunteer with us! Volunteer jobs span logistics (set up, breakdown, meal service, counting visitors, etc.), running educational stations, and engaging children in crafts and activities! It’s an incredibly rewarding experience packed with fun, and you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the event. Plus, volunteers who commit to two or more shifts will receive complimentary lunch. Join us in making this event unforgettable!

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old to volunteer without a parent. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old to volunteer with a parent and parent must fill out form if child us under the age of 13 (please note on form who parent/guardian is).

Questions? Contact Miranda Dowdy.

Volunteer Form

Opening Celebrations

Dueling Dinosaurs Opening Celebrations Sponsors

Duke Energy logo

Diamonds Direct logo
Radeas logo
SECU logo
Wells Fargo logo

Bernadette Healy Goodnight & James Goodnight

Bulldog Express. Pack, Ship, and Print
Catering Works
Conviction Bourbon
HH Architecture
Measurement Inc.
Raleigh Radiology
Salty Turtle
Sea & Shoreline logo
Tito's Vodka
Wake Stone Corporation. Established 1970

Ann & James Goodnight

Beth & Julian Williamson


Opening Celebrations Sponsorship

Enjoy complimentary tickets with exclusive invitation to our pre-party Happy Hour and Sponsors-Only VIP Lounge, featuring elevated desserts, a full bar and special access to world-renowned paleontologist, Dr. Lindsay Zanno, and more. For more information, review our sponsorship levels or contact Joseph Luhning at 919.707.9817, Joseph.Luhning@naturalsciences.org.

Dueling Dinosaurs Opening Celebrations Committee


April 27
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Kari Wouk