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BIOLUMINESCENCE LOOMS LARGE AT MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES' NEW EXHIBIT

BIOLUMINESCENCE LOOMS LARGE AT MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES’ NEW EXHIBIT | Jun 19 – Sep 12

Discover what puts the “fire” in fireflies when the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh opens GLOW: Living Lights

2nd Saturdays North Carolina Museum of History

2nd Saturdays at N.C. Museum of History Offer Family Fun | Jun 12-Aug 14

As part of the 2nd Saturdays series kicking off June 12 across North Carolina, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will feature artists Jonathan Daniel and Bill Newman.

The Amazing Transparent Man (1960) Free Movie NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Invisible and deadly! Museum’s First Friday feature really stinks!

In the drive to develop an invisible army, a crazed ex-Major and a scientist under duress must first corral an unusual and unpredictable army of one. Don’t miss “The Amazing Transparent Man” (1960), showing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

Find Your Inner Superhero at Marbles Kids Museum | Jun 5

Everyone wanted to be a superhero when they were a kid and now Marbles Kids Museum is providing that chance with the Superheroes Ball on Saturday, June 5.

Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium

The UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center informs and inspires the public about the foundations and frontiers of scientific discovery. Through innovative educational experiences, Morehead engages the public and the University community in a forum for interpreting contemporary science.

NC Aquarium

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Lounge, walnut (upholstery not original), made by Thomas Day for Gov. David S. Reid, Rockingham County, 1858. This lounge is featured in the exhibit Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker. On the exhibit’s opening day, May 22, a lively panel discussion will take place about African American history.

MAY PROGRAMS AT THE N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Among May happenings at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is the opening of Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker. This major exhibit looks at Thomas Day, a free man of color and a successful businessman in antebellum North Carolina who created furniture and architectural materials that survive today. On the exhibit’s opening… Read More ›

Area Museums Announce NanoDays 2010: The Nation’s Largest Public Outreach Effort in Nanoscale Informal Science Education | Mar 27- Apr 4

Marbles Kids Museum and the Museum of Life and Science are partnering with area science centers and universities to celebrate NanoDays™, the fifth statewide and third nationwide celebration of educational programs about nanoscale science and its potential impact.

APRIL PROGRAMS AT THE N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY

April brings 10 free programs at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Catch one or all three music performances by the Raleigh Civic Symphony Chamber Players, the Huckleberry Brothers, and Leon Jordan’s Continentals. Watch Seagrove potter Sid Luck, April’s Artist at Work, demonstrate his craft later in the month. On April 13 join a… Read More ›

APRIL PROGRAMS AT THE N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY

READERS’ THEATER PLAY TELLS FASCINATING STORY OF NATION’S FIRST PUBLISHED AFRICAN AMERICAN POET | Mar 5

During Women’s History Month, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a readers’ theater play written by award-winning poet and playwright Rudy Wallace.

PARTICIPANTS RECALL CIVIL RIGHTS SIT-INS | Feb 20

In 1957 Virginia Williams and six other African Americans sat in the “White Only” side of the Royal Ice Cream Company in Durham. After refusing to leave, they were arrested on trespassing charges. The sit-in took place nearly three years before the historic Greensboro sit-in on Feb. 1, 1960, at the F.W. Woolworth store and… Read More ›

Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived | Feb 13 – May 9

At 60 feet long, Carcharodon megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived and a dominant marine predator.  Sharks are at risk today, with recent population declines attributed to humans.  While the Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story inspires lessons for contemporary science and shark conservation.  “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived”… Read More ›

“Something wonderful is about to happen” at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences | Feb 5

In the very near future a small group of Americans and Russians set out on the greatest adventure of them all … To see if there is life beyond Glenwood South. The answer is yes, when “2010: The Year We Make Contact” comes to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday, February 5… Read More ›

The 26th Regiment N.C. Troops, Reactivated, Funds Conservation of Battle Flag of the 47th N.C. Troops

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh has one of the nation’s largest collections of Confederate flags. Conservation of these banners requires specialized textile treatment, costing approximately $7,500 per flag. The 26th Regiment N.C. Troops, Reactivated, the state’s largest Civil War re-enactment group, has helped fund this need. On Dec. 12, 2009, the group unveiled… Read More ›

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Open on New Years Day

It’s a new year and you don’t want to spend the first day hanging around your house. What is there to do on New Year”s Day that is fun and inexpensive and the whole family can enjoy? Well, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a great place to visit for the first time or even your… Read More ›

Museum lecture traces historic Beagle voyage | Nov 24

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts the final offering of its Charles Darwin Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 24 — the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s landmark publication of “The Origin of Species.” Join Museum paleontologist and science historian Paul Brinkman for a free presentation titled “Charles Darwin’s Beagle Voyage and the Origin of… Read More ›

ENTER TO WIN MUSEUM’S ANNUAL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST | Deadline Jan 21

The N.C. Museum of History is accepting entries for the 2010 Fourth Annual Student Essay Contest for undergraduate and graduate students. A prize of $200 will be awarded for the best research paper about North Carolina history. Judging will be based on historical accuracy, quality of written communication, and contribution to the field of local… Read More ›

Journey Through the Arctic Refuge | Oct 17 – Jan 10

This fall, follow along on a photographic expedition through Alaska’s 19.2-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ newest special exhibit, “Journey Through the Arctic Refuge,” on display Saturday, October 17 through January 10. Free. The exhibit tells the story from the perspective of a National Geographic-sponsored traverse in… Read More ›

Museum unveils images of galaxy center | Nov 19

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will take visitors on a journey to the center of our Galaxy when it unveils unprecedented mural-sized images of the Milky Way’s core as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. The images will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, November… Read More ›

Museum of Natural Sciences hosts coolest party in town | Nov 14

Chill out in the ultra cool Arctic Lounge, order a frosty cocktail at the Ice Bar, heat things up on the dance floor to the live music of Whammy Fish, or enjoy sumptuous appetizers and desserts.

A Christmas Carol at the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles | Nov 6

Raleigh’s very own musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol, by Theatre in the Park, has been warming hearts since 1974. Some of the production’s beloved characters will be ushering in the holiday season and movie-goers for the opening night of Disney’s A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience at the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles.

Museum hosts Himalayan monster captured 20,000 feet above the Earth! | Dec 4

Half man. Half monster. All crazy. Find out what happens when a large Yeti cuts loose in his new home town as “The Snow Creature” comes to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences this Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. After an American botanical expedition in the Himalayas stumbles across a Yeti den, team… Read More ›

Nature in Infrared by Lucia Bucklin Nature Art Gallery First Friday, November 6

Please join us to celebrate the opening of this exhibit First Friday, November 6, 6:30-8:30pm About the Nature Art Gallery The Gallery exhibits original, nature-inspired, two and three-dimensional artwork in all mediums by some of the finest artists and artisans working in the Southeast. A new artist is featured each month. The Gallery is located… Read More ›

In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935-1941 | Opens Oct 29

During America’s dark journey into the Depression, North Carolina was a rural state dominated by small farms. Bank failures, plummeting crop prices, and environmental problems brought further hardships to farmers already facing economic woes.

Apex Family Is 100,000th Visitor to “Knights of the Black Flag”

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh recognized the 100,000th visitor to the popular exhibit Knights of the Black Flag on Saturday, Oct. 10. Johan Meurling of Apex purchased the lucky winning ticket for his family.

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION – Nov 21

Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month with musicians, dancers, artists and storytellers from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes.* Catch the excitement of the Fourteenth Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. This lively festival is the museum’s largest annual… Read More ›

Screening of Award-Winning Documentary “Looking for Ms. Locklear” – Nov 20

The filmmakers met and interviewed many unforgettable individuals who shared captivating stories about the tribe’s culture and history. With compassion and humor, the documentary expertly connects the film duo’s search for a teacher with the tribe’s search for identity.

GOVERNMENT MATTERS! EDUCATION FORUM FOR MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOLERS – Oct 17

Should your town enforce curfews for teenagers?
Do you want more green space in your neighborhood?

Five representatives from towns in Wake County will discuss these and other issues during the 2009 Education Forum

A New Land, “A New Voyage”: John Lawson’s Exploration of Carolina | Oct 9-Feb 15

“Lawson’s book is a snapshot of early-18th-century America,” notes Dr. Jeanne Marie Warzeski, curator of colonial and antebellum history at the N.C. Museum of History. “It is unrivaled as a source for the early history of North Carolina.”