SciRen event at the Museum. Photo by Eric Johnson/UNC.

Educator Open House at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Sept. 21

September 11, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Educators, have you ever wondered how estuaries breathe, and why fish sometimes can’t? Or wanted to learn what lives on your skin, and the cool adaptations that enable them to do so? Then you’re invited to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, September 21 from 5:30 to 8:30… Read More >

A father and son catching insects at Prairie Ridge during Take a Child Outside Week. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

Museum Celebrates “Take A Child Outside Week” Sept. 24-30

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Take A Child Outside Week, an international initiative spearheaded by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, kicks off Sunday, September 24 and runs through Saturday, September 30. Designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from exploring the natural world, the program encourages children and adults to spend time together… Read More >

The SECU Daily Planet outside the NRC with the NEC in the background. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

N.C. Science Museums Grant Program awards $2.39 million to 54 science centers

September 6, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — From the Bald Head Island Conservancy to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, 54 science centers across the state will soon be receiving grant awards as part of the second year of the $2.39 million North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program. The program is one of the many ways that the State of… Read More >

BugFest 2017 - dragonflies

Dragonflies swarm to NC Museum of Natural Sciences for BugFest, Sept. 16

September 5, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) – Did you know the dragonfly is one of nature’s most impressive flyers, and some can fly at speeds up to 35 mph, or even backwards? Did you also know that dragonflies spend most of their lives underwater? Or that some dragonflies have been known to catch and eat hummingbirds?! Discover the wonderful… Read More >

Interacting Galaxies: quilt by Ann Harwell.

Ann Harwell’s “Fabric of Space and Time” at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery in September

August 28, 2017

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Wendell artist Ann Harwell has been sewing together little pieces of fabric for over 40 years. Her formal education was in Early Childhood Education in the early ‘70s, and she enjoyed teaching preschool with all the wonderful geometric objects: tangrams, pattern blocks, geoboards and insect kaleidoscopes. Visions of wonderful quilts soon began… Read More >