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Sensory Friendly Night

  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm

For families and visitors requiring special accommodations, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Exploration Center will stay open late for visitation during a quieter evening. There will be plenty of fun activities, scientists and live animals, our featured exhibition “Mazes & Brain Games,” plus much more.

All four floors of the Museum will have fun and varied activities. Get your hands dirty in the fossil dig and learn how different fossils are made. Engage your senses by touching fossils, feeling bird wings, smelling tropical scents, watching the live beehive and more in the Discovery Room. Meet the “Acro,” the Museum’s mascot, while learning about this incredible dinosaur that once roamed the Southeast. For those who like it loud, join representatives of the North Carolina Symphony and their traveling Instrument Zoo to make some noise.

Plus, visitors of all ages will find a challenge in Mazes & Brain Games. Wind your way through a maze of illusions, tricky mirrors and riddles. Readjust your senses and experiment with light, shadow, fluorescence and a music interactive in the black-lit Cosmic Games room. Conquer puzzling challenges like da Vinci’s backwards writing. Discover new ways of problem solving around every corner. While the event is free, Mazes tickets are available at a discounted rate of $3 per person (normally $5).

Optional event registration

Those who register will receive a schedule of event activities and other preparatory materials, such as social stories and sensory maps, one week in advance. For special accommodations such as American Sign Language or Deaf-Blind interpretation, requests must be made no less than three weeks in advance.



May 24, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Free; fee for featured exhibition


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