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- Museum Members Free
- Adult $16
- Senior (65+), Student (13+), Military, with ID $14
- Child ages 3-12 $12
- Child 2 & Younger Free
Group rate of $10/person available for pre-registered parties of 10 or more. Please call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950 for details.
DeepSea Combo: Add a DeepSea Challenge 3D movie ticket to any regularly priced Challenging the Deep special exhibition purchase for just $3. Buy Combo Ticket.
About the Exhibition
Immerse yourself in an underwater world. The exhibition traces explorer and filmmaker James Cameron’s passion for deep-ocean science, technology and exploration, including his record-breaking dive to the bottom of the ocean in the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER – the submersible he co-designed and co-engineered.
Experience how Cameron’s passion for exploring our ocean shone a light on the least-known place on Earth. This immersive exhibition takes you into a deep-ocean environment using cinema-scale projections, artifacts and specimens from his expeditions. Explore the deepest ocean and discover the shipwrecks of Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck. Learn how technologies pioneered by Cameron for underwater recording, lighting, communication and diving are employed in both his filmmaking and exploration. You’ll also see original film props and costumes from “The Abyss” and “Titanic,” including the iconic Heart of the Ocean diamond. Discover the world of a man driven to explore and meet the challenges of the deep.
Museum members receive unlimited free admission to James Cameron – Challenging the Deep—visit as often as you like! For a family of 4, that’s a savings of at least $56 to visit just once!
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Challenging the Deep Store
Shop unique gifts inspired by deep sea exploration and our love of science. Select from special exhibition mementos, ocean life plush, jewelry, elegant home décor, engaging toys and books, handmade gifts by local artists and more. Museum Members save 10%. All purchases support Museum exhibits, programs and collections.
Shop in person on the 2nd floor of the Nature Exploration Center or online at store.naturalsciences.org. Shipping and curbside pickup available.
Challenging the Deep Lecture Series
Join ocean experts in this special lecture series to dive deep into the knowns and unknowns of our watery world. Each month, we will feature a presentation from a renowned scientist (7–8pm) and an evening viewing of the special exhibition, James Cameron – Challenging the Deep (open 5:30–7pm). Tickets are $10; free for Museum Members.
February 9: Dr. Kate Davis, NC State University
Challenging the Deep Lecture Series: Kate Davis
Dr. Kate Davis is an oceanographer studying some of the smallest organisms in the open ocean, called foraminifera. What makes them special? They become microscopic fossils that can tell us how the oceans responded to climate change in the past and what the future could be like for our watery world.
March 23: Dr. Steve Ross, Chief Scientist for the 2022 Titanic Survey Expedition
Challenging the Deep Lecture Series: Steve Ross
Explore the wreckage of the Titanic, the world’s most famous shipwreck and deep-sea artificial reef, with Dr. Steve Ross from UNC-Wilmington and the OceanGate Foundation.
April 13: Dr. Sönke Johnsen, Duke University
Challenging the Deep Lecture Series: Sönke Johnsen
Be amazed by the diversity and uniqueness of ocean life in a photographic tour of the oceans’ wildest inhabitants.