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Celebrate Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary at Museum’s Astronomy Days, Jan. 26-27

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface, and now-famous exclamation “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. Learn more about the history of human endeavors to reach the Moon, including the Apollo landings, present-day orbiters, and future projects that will help prepare for a possible lunar colony, when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27, noon–5 p.m. 

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities coming to Museum Oct. 16

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The great jobs of today and tomorrow are in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Yet people with disabilities remain underrepresented in these fields despite recent advances in the accessibility of information technology and other tools used by working professionals. To help turn that tide, the 6th annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities will be held Tuesday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Groundhog Day Fun Facts

Thursday, February 1, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. – Why in the world do we ask a groundhog about the weather every Feb. 2? What makes them better prognosticators than squirrels, or wooly worms, or frogs?

It’ll blow your mind: “Mazes & Brain Games” opens at science museum Jan. 20

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Look up “maze” in the dictionary, and you’ll find it described as a confusing network of intersecting paths or passages, a complex arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion or perplexity. Now take that up a notch by adding two vital ingredients — fun and education — and you’ve arrived at “Mazes & Brain Games,” a new exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, opening Jan. 20, 2018.

“Thrillers! An Evening with Authors John Grisham and John Hart” at Duke Energy Center Feb. 23

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Explore the imagination behind the creation of riveting novels as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences — with WRAL-TV, Business North Carolina magazine and the North Carolina Humanities Council — present “Thrillers! An Evening with Authors John Grisham and John Hart.” This special event takes place at Meymandi Concert Hall Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m., and will be moderated by D.G. Martin, host of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

Museum Hosts 3rd Annual “Natural Selections” Beer and Science Event, Aug. 19

Monday, July 11, 2016

Join brewers from the Triangle area and beyond at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh for a one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science. At this third annual sampling session, held Friday, August 19, 7–10 p.m., more than a dozen North Carolina breweries will offer unique creations fitting the Museum’s natural science focus.

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