Explore Varied Permanent Exhibits at Triangle Museums

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The Triangle is home to quality museums. Expand your family’s knowledge of science, history, culture and art at these permanent exhibits.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Naturalist Center
Enjoy an extensive collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, fossils, rocks, minerals and more.

Terror of the South”
See winged pterosaurs and the most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur skeleton anywhere in the world.

North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh

“The Story of North Carolina”
Trace life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century via interactive components and fascinating artifacts.

A Call to Arms”
Explore North Carolina’s military heritage through items from the conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as artifacts from the Civil War.

“N.C. Sports Hall of Fame”
Learn about sports heroes from North Carolina and test your knowledge of sports trivia.

History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discover Gallery”
See models, photographs, computer programs and other award-winning history projects, all made by students from across the state.

Museum of Life and Science, Durham

Magic Wings Butterfly House
Stroll through a magical and inviting environment where hundreds of butterflies frolic among tropical plants.

“Dinosaur Trail”
Hike a trail among life-size dinosaur models and dig for fossils.

Coming Soon
The museum plans to build two outdoor learning areas. Hideaway Woods, a 2-acre nature-based playground, is scheduled to open in summer 2015. Earth Moves, an interactive exploration of earth sciences and systems, will open in 2016.

Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

“Kid Grid”
Learn about the power grid and make smart energy choices through hands-on play in Marbles’ newest exhibit.

“Around Town”
Explore how people work, live and play together in a kid-size version of a community. Cover the news in a play helicopter, treat patients, take care of farm animals and more.

Step into a colorful world of money to learn smart ways to spend and save.

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

View European paintings from the Renaissance to the 19th century, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase painting from ancient Greece and Rome, Jewish ceremonial objects and more.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham

Rotating installations from Nasher’s permanent collection feature selections of contemporary art, classical antiquities, European medieval art, European and American paintings and more.

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill

View a portion of the museum’s permanent collection containing more than 17,000 works of art, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and more.

Janice Lewine is the associate editor of Carolina Parent.

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