6 New Triangle Museum 2015 Exhibits You May Not Know About

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Explore some new exhibits you may not know about at your favorite Triangle museums.

"Hideaway Woods"
Museum of Life and Science, Durham
lifeandscience.org
Enjoy this 2-acre natural playground scheduled to open in late summer 2015 that features treehouses, a recirculating freshwater stream, swings, nature trails and more.
While you're there: Explore 84-plus acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits that showcase space exploration, flying objects, a butterfly house, the Ellerby Creek Railway and more.

"The New Galleries: A Collection Comes to Light" 
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
nasher.duke.edu
The Nasher Museum of Art celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a new exhibit that features a diverse collection of items that haven't been on display lately and span centuries, highlighting ancient Egyptian works, African art and modern American art.
While you're there: Check out "Color Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75" and the summer "Make and Take" series, through which kids can create their own screen prints. Check the website for program dates.

"Hey America!' Eastern North Carolina and the Birth of Funk"
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ncmuseumofhistory.org
Learn how African-American musicians from eastern North Carolina contributed to the creation of the danceable 1960s style of music called funk.
While you're there: Check out "History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery," which features award-winning visual arts projects from students from across North Carolina, and "North Carolina's Favorite Son: Billy Graham's Remarkable Journey of Faith," which focuses on the life of North Carolina-native Billy Graham through memorabilia, audio and interactive galleries.

"Dig It! The Secrets of Soil"
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
naturalsciences.org
Discover a multitude of creatures living in the soil and how important soil is to our overall ecosystem in this exhibit that runs through Aug. 16, 2015. Learn about Cecil, North Carolina's state soil, as well as soil's significance in the pottery and Christmas tree production industries.
While you're there: Explore 2,000-year-old trees, carnivorous plants, underground gems, fossils and more. Visit the "Arthropod Zoo" to discover larger-than-life insect models, and the "Living Conservatory" to see butterflies, tropical plants and animals in a replica of their natural habitat.

"Splash"
Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
marbleskidsmuseum.org
Soak up the power of water indoors and outdoors with hands-on experiments and experiences. Get wet in The Lighthouse and Hideaway Cove, and play like a pirate aboard the Blue Marble or a scientist in Science Submarine.
While you're there: Check out "STEMosphere" to give your child a head start in technology, engineering and math through brainteasers, puzzles, math games and more.

"Director's Cut: Recent Photography Gifts to the NCMA"
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
ncartmuseum.org
See a selection of photographs taken between 1967 and 2013 that represent recent gifts in honor of Lawrence Wheeler's 20th anniversary as director of the museum. The photographs depict subject matter ranging from Elvis conventions and minor league baseball to southern landscapes and images of New York.
While you're there: Check out "Zoosphere," a multichannel video installation featuring up-close encounters with frogs, markets, Komodo dragons and more.

Tivi Jones writes about life, creative expression and personal experiments in self-improvement. Find her online at tivijones.com.

Photos courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science and the North Carolina Museum of History

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