Special Exhibition Gallery


Now showing “Exquisite Creatures: The Art of Christopher Marley”

Exquisite Creatures is a collection of 350 stunning three-dimensional displays of rare (and real) organisms from all over the world, including scarlet macaws, jewel-toned beetles and more. Using organisms and minerals as his medium, artist Christopher Marley explores our need to connect with the natural world on a personal level. It’s your chance to experience how awe-inspiring the natural world can be.

Exquisite Creatures is the picture-perfect supplement to your private event. Your VIP Experience includes:

  • Four-hour museum rental from 6PM – 10PM*
  • Full access to all the mind-blowing, permanent exhibits on the Nature Exploration Center, 2nd level
  • Private admission to the Special Exhibition Gallery, exploring the instinctive imagination of “Exquisite Creatures: The Art of Christopher Marley” **
  • Exquisite Creatures Store shopping experience
  • A limited number of tables and chairs
  • And much, much more…

Add a cocktail reception featuring custom, chef-prepared dining options from award-winning Rocky Top Catering for an additional fee.

  • * Upgrade your experience to include an extra hour (additional fees apply)
  • ** Tickets to the gallery included for up to 200 guests. Additional fees for groups larger than 200.
  • Price: $2,200
  • Limited time only: Available until March 20, 2022

Book your Exquisite Creatures VIP Experience today.


Elope today with the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Let US help YOU Get Away. We invite you and up to 10 guests to a VIP Wedding celebration.

What You’ll Get:

  • A safe, intimate wedding ceremony and reception venue for two hours.*
  • Private admission to one floor of the Museum’s world-class permanent exhibits.*
  • Custom, chef-prepared dining options from award-winning Rocky Top Catering featuring fresh, sustainable, local cuisine. Includes your choice of:
    • Three (3) hors d’oeuvres and one (1) grazing station
    • Petite desserts
    • Wine and beer selections.*
  • A one-year Museum membership for you and your future spouse.
  • Tables, linens, chairs and disposable ware are included in rental fee.

Cost — $1,650

*Additional fees for featured add-ons:

  • Champagne toast — $30
  • Floral arrangements — $50
  • Science programming — prices vary
  • Additional Museum floors — $150 per floor
  • Extended hour — $100
  • Audiovisual for music and microphones — $50

Book your Elopement Package today.

Newlyweds dancing at the Museum.
Photo: Daylight Photography.

For questions regarding rentals, please visit Rental Events Inquiries