A giant sloth skeleton in our exhibits.

3 NCMNS Paleontologists’ Favorite Exhibits

December 5, 2019

Paleontology Exhibit Feature #1 Willo, the Thescelosaurus in the Prehistoric North Carolina Exhibit (Nature Exploration Center, 3rd Floor) by Lindsay Zanno, Ph.D., Head of Paleontology Why it matters Thescelosaurus was one of the last dinosaurs to live prior to the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous that killed off three of every… Read More >


Eric Dorfman, PhD

Eric Dorfman Named Next Director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

December 4, 2019

Raleigh, N.C.—The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) has named Eric Dorfman as its next museum director. Currently the director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Powdermill Nature Reserve in Pittsburgh, he will join the museum in early 2020. Dorfman’s appointment follows an extensive national search led by a search committee chaired… Read More >


Painting of forest path by moonlight by Karin Neuvirth

‘Vibrant Nature’ on display at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery, Dec. and Jan.

December 2, 2019

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Vibrant Nature,” artwork by Karin Neuvirth. The show runs Dec. 6 through Jan. 26, with a Gallery reception Saturday, Dec. 7, 2–4 p.m. All exhibited art is for sale. Visual artist Karin Neuvirth grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota… Read More >


Architect's rendering of the new welcome center at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

Announcing a new Museum initiative: Welcome Center at Prairie Ridge

November 22, 2019

Architect’s rendering of the Mary Ann Brittain Welcome Center at Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Image: Frank Harmon. Click to enlarge. In 2004, the Museum opened Prairie Ridge Ecostation, a 45-acre outdoor education facility on the west side of Raleigh. Located in the heart of the Triangle, this nature preserve is a haven for wildlife and a… Read More >


A dinosaur skull is wrapped in colorful lights - red, blue, orange. They glow. How pretty!

5 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season with NCMNS!

November 21, 2019

The holiday season is a time for excitement! Families and friends come together to express gratitude for relationships shared all year long. With holiday travel plans, coordinating schedules, finding gifts, and everything else (whew!), there’s a lot to think about. One thing you can count on is an engaging, entertaining visit to the North Carolina… Read More >