Impact of Covid-19 on DNCR sites and events

N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources Public Sites Close Beginning Mar. 17

In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will suspend public operations at all locations, except state parks and trails, beginning Mar. 17 until further notice. In an abundance of caution, the suspension of public operations will allow the Department the opportunity to assess our facilities to consider possible modifications that could ensure appropriate social distancing. The suspension of operations includes the North Carolina museums of art, history and natural sciences, including regional museums; state historic sites; state aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, the North Carolina Zoo; the State Library of North Carolina and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; the State Archives, including regional archive offices; and the North Carolina Symphony.

Some North Carolina state parks and recreation area trails remain open, but visitor centers, restroom facilities and campgrounds will be closed. Visitors to state parks are encouraged to practice social distancing. 

Visit the NC State Parks website for the open/closed status of individual parks and recreation areas. 

All department events, programs and tours have been canceled during this time.

Until our sites reopen for visitors, the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources offers a myriad of virtual experiences. You can visit many DNCR sites virtually through NC DIT’s 360 experience at nc.gov/nc360. Or visit NCLearn@Home to explore our online collections, podcasts, videos, and other resources.

On March 27, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Read the press release and the FAQs in English and Spanish.

Please see below for the latest list of cancelled or postponed DNCR events:

For up-to-date information on upcoming events, please visit individual locations' websites and social media channels.

CANCELLED

March 19,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Science Café – Brain Awareness Night

Mar. 19-21, NC Transportation Museum - Wind & Wings: The Science of Flight

March 20,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Finally Friday: “Crocodile Dundee”

Mar. 21, Battleship - Battleship 101

March 21, Reed Gold Mine – More than a Woman

Mar. 24 and 25, OSA Submerged NC Talks scheduled in Asheville 

Mar. 26, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Get Hooked Fishing School

March 26,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Science Café – “Stuffed” Movie Screening

Mar. 26, Tryon Palace's Cultural Arts Performance: Harriet Tubman Reenactment

Mar. 27, OSA Student Research Symposium

Mar. 28, Town Creek Under the Stars: Taurid Conjunction 

Mar. 28-29,  Battleship - World of Warships Anchors Away Tour 2020: USS NORTH CAROLINA

April 2,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Science Café – Trivia!

April 2,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    UNC-TV Screening of “The Gene”

April 3,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Teen Science Café – Physics w Lex Kemper

April 3, Historic Halifax – Author Presentation: Women of the Revolution

Apr. 3, Fort Dobbs - Spring School Day

Apr. 4, Fort Dobbs - War for Empire 

April 4, Historic Halifax – Prelude to Liberty

Apr. 4, Battleship - N.C. Azalea Festival fireworks viewing

Apr. 4-5, NC Transportation Museum - 10-1, Easter Bunny Express

Apr. 4-5, Fort Dobbs -War for Empire 

April 7-9, Bennett Place – 6th Annual Civil War School Days

April 8, Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace – Travels Through Time

April 9,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Science Café – Alcohol and Breathing

April 10,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Finally Friday: “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”

April 11, Historic Edenton – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Apr. 11-12, NC Zoo - Eggstravaganza 

April 16,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Science Café – Jewels of the Sky: Hummingbirds

April 23,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Science Café – The Museum Speaks about Earth Day

April 25,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Triangle SciTech Expo

April 25,  QAR - open house

Apr. 25, President James K. Polk State Historic Site - Senior Day Event 

April 30,     NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Science Café – Zoo Life: How Zoos Have Changed …

8-May    NC Museum of Natural Sciences    Adult Night

March 24, NC Transportation Museum – Traveling Tours: Raleigh, NC

March 28, Town Creek Indian Mound – Town Creek Under the Stars: Taurid Conjunction

 

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

March

19 Beaufort’s Dolphins, Getting to Know Them (lecture)

25 By Hook or By Crook (lecture)

26 Vanishing Sail: The Story of a Caribbean Tradition (film screening)

28 Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting

 

April

3 5th annual North Carolina Whales and Whaling Symposium

8 Merry-time for Tots: Whale of a Time (preschool program)

16 Exploring Tidal Flats (field program)

17 Naval Support during the Battle of Plymouth (lecture)

18–19 Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Class

23 Sea Turtles, A Feast Fit for a Pirate (lecture)

28 Kayak the Salt Marsh (field program)

25 Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting

 

Demonstrations in the on-site conservation lab will not be offered through the rest of March and into April.

 

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras

April

4 Underwater Heritage Symposium

*A decision about the other programs scheduled in April will be made early next week.

 

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

March

17 Alcohol and the Irish (lecture)

21 Seaside Scenery (members-only painting party)

27 Homeschool Friday: Menhaden Fishermen

 

April

4 Sensory Saturday: Underwater Egg Hunt

4 Spring into History: Remembering Reconstruction Symposium

4 Santa Fe Clam Chowder (history/cooking program)

11 Springtime Sloop

 

 

Canceled North Carolina Regional Museums Programs:

Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort:

Saturday, March 28: regional Junior Girl Scout program

 Museum of the Albemarle:

March 20: Sleepover for stuffed animals

https://facebook.com/events/s/a-sleepover-for-stuffed-animal/625664018009338/?ti=as

April 1: History for lunch

https://facebook.com/events/s/history-for-lunch-songs-stars-/193409728600832/?ti=as

April 9: Tot Time

https://facebook.com/events/s/tot-time-celebrate-national-un/753038758564334/?ti=as

April 18th: Exhibit Opening: The Day The Lights Came On

https://facebook.com/events/s/exhibit-opening-the-day-the-li/216635079539430/?ti=as

April 22: Don’t Just Leave it To Earth Day

https://facebook.com/events/s/celebrate-dont-just-leave-it-t/233323374508245/?ti=as

 

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex:

 No cancellations at this time

 

NCMA Events

POSTPONED

Mar. 19-22, NC Museum of Art - Art in Bloom 

Mar. 14, James K. Polk Historic Site - Learning Local Lectures: Ella May Wiggins

Mar. 14, AAHC - Screening of “The Green Book Guide to Freedom” documentary and talkback

Mar. 14, AAHC - Elizabeth City African American Cemetery Preservation Workshop

Mar. 14, AAHC - Chitlin’ Circuit Revue live music event

Mar. 14, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Fairy Day

March 14, House in the Horseshoe – 18th Century Cooking Workshop with Wooden Ram Cookery (rescheduled for May 30, 2020)

March 14, James K. Polk Historic Site – Learning Local Lectures: Ella May Wiggins

March 14, Roanoke Island Festival Park – An Evening with Mojo Collins

March 21, Horne Creek Farm, Forge on the Farm Workshop

March 21, James K. Polk Historic Site – Spring Volunteer Open House

March 21-22, Bentonville Battlefield – 155th Anniversary Reenactment (rescheduled for March 20-21, 2021)

March 26, Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace – Daffodil Festival

March 28, Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace – Growing into the Family Historian, Part 3

Mar. 21-22, Bentonville Battlefield – 155th Anniversary Reenactment (rescheduled for March 20-21, 2021)

Mar. 28, AAHC - Asheville African American Cemetery Preservation Workshop

April 3, Governor Caswell Memorial – Caswell Days (rescheduled for April 23, 2020)

April 4, CSS Neuse – “Reflected Glory: Letters to Anna” Dinner Theater

April 4, Fort Fisher Historic Site – American Battlefield Trust Park Day

April 4, Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace – “Shew Yourselves to Be Freemen”: A Lecture at Vance Birthplace

April 18, Historic Bath – Women’s Tour and Tea (rescheduled for August 15, 2020)

April 23, Historic Stagville – Spring Homeschool Day (rescheduled for June 4, 2020)

 

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras

April

               4             Underwater Heritage Symposium (POSTPONED)

NCMA Events

All other venues and events within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources currently are on a normal schedule. Please check with any site you are planning to visit via social media channels (facebook or twitter) for their most up-to-date information. This page will be updated when we recieve more information.