North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to Host Open House Oct. 24

Drop in and explore!
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Photo by Karen Swain courtesy of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Hedgehogs start life off with soft spines that harden soon after birth. Photo taken at Darwin Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

If you haven’t yet fully explored the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. will be an ideal time to drop in during the museum’s first open house.

That’s when the museum will be laying out its offerings to entice visitors to try them all. Take your kids to see an array of animals from the museum’s “Living Collections.” Watch a 3D movie in the WRAL 3D Theater. Museum staff will be wearing “Ask Me about My Museum Job” buttons and will be ready to answer questions on subjects that range from scientific research and careers in the museum field, to the museum’s new navigational app for iOS devices.

Admission is free to the museum's permanent exhibitions and to some programs. For example, each week visitors of all ages are invited to come face-to-face with live animals through its free “Meet the animals” program. Children can take advantage of free storytimes. Visitors pay a fee for special exhibits, such as the museum’s new “Extreme Mammals,” which looks at the diversity of mammals on the Earth, from the biggest to the smallest and most amazing. Events during the year, such as BugFest, Groundhog Day, Darwin Day and Astronomy Days, draw the public and scientists together for fun and learning and are a wonderful way to engage children in science.

Visitors who join the museum as members during the Open House will get a 15 percent discount in the museum's stores and a free vintage museum T-shirt or backpack.

A VOLUNTEER SHOWS OFF AN ALBINO CORN SNAKE AT REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN DAY AT THE North carolina MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES. PHOTO  BY KAREN SWAIN COURTESY OF North carolina MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES

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