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Museum Movie Night: Men in Black

  • Friday, July 28, 2023
  • 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones posing with guns with a "lightspeed" effect in the background. Text: "Mr. Jones, Mr. Smith, MIB, Men in Black."

5:30pm–7pm: Food, live music and science stations.
7pm: Movie begins in the WRAL 3D Theater, followed by commentary and movie trivia.

Men in Black (1997)

“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

Contemplate whether we are alone in the Universe with our July 28 installment of Museum Movie Night. They are the best-kept secret in the universe. Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay and Jay are the Men in Black, providers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on Earth. When an assassination plot is uncovered, the MIB go on the hunt for the intergalactic terrorist at the center of the scheme. In addition to science activities and stations before the movie, we’ll host an expert and movie trivia (with prizes) following the screening. Don’t miss it!

This movie is rated PG-13.

Some scenes have a strobing effect that may affect photosensitive viewers.


Check out the upcoming movies and learn more about Museum Movie Night: Where Science Meets the Cinema.

Men in Black (PG-13)

Men in Black follows the exploits of agents Kay (Jones) and Jay (Smith), members of a top-secret organization established to monitor alien activity on Earth. The two MIB find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D’Onofrio) who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.


Rachel Smith about to board NASA's SOFIA airplane.

Dr. Rachel Smith is Head of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab and Curator of Meteorites at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She is jointly appointed as Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University, and Adjunct Professor at UNC Chapel Hill. Rachel’s research involves observing forming stars across the Galaxy to better understand the chemical pathways involved in the evolution of planets, and in the formation of carbon-based molecules needed for life. Rachel has utilized several large observatories for her work, and is currently using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea in Hawaii for observations of protoplanetary systems. Rachel has had a long-time interest in the search for life beyond our planet, and how life began and evolved on Earth.


NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Edgar the Bug advocates for not stepping on cockroaches — and we do too! Come touch a Madagascar hissing cockroach and get to know these awesome arthropods.

Men in Black Agent Testing
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Test your aptitude for being a MIB operative with a floating ball shooting game, Alien Operation and Movie Alien quizzes.

Cows and UFOs
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Cows have fascinating and complex digestive systems. Perhaps that’s why the aliens are always pulling them into their UFOs! 😉

Raleigh Astronomy Club
Connecting NC’s Triangle area with the universe since 1978.

Comet Squeegee Paintings
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Create your own comet through the fun and tactile technique of scrape-painting. No artistic talent required for results as beautiful as the comets in our night sky.

MUSIC (5:30–7PM)

William Woltz

Singer/songwriter William Woltz is a North Carolina native who covers a lot of musical territory. He grew up loving both the Beatles and Buck Owens while studying jazz and classical guitar. These days he plays a mix of bluesy originals and interesting cover tunes, always striving for the right blend of old favorites and unexpected treasures. Come prepared to be entertained.

FOOD & DRINK (6–7pm)

These items are available for purchase:

Hot Dogs with chili and onions
Beaufort Shrimp Wrap with fruit
Buffalo Chickpea Wrap with fruit (vegetarian)

Snacks: chips, cookies, Rice Krispy treats and popcorn

Drinks: sodas, canned beer and wine



July 28, 2023
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$5/$3 for Museum members (at checkout)


WRAL 3D Theater

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