North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, at 11 West Jones Street in Raleigh, always offers free admission, but you might not be aware of the free events, beyond the exhibits, that it offers. You can view all their events here. Some are free and some have fees associated with them. Here are a few upcoming free events. Make sure to check the location. Also, click on the links for more details, including age ranges and registration information.
Free events at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
NATURE PLAY DAYS
10:00am – 12:00pm
Come out and play! The Nature PlaySpace will be stocked with extra special materials and supplies and a Museum play facilitator will be present to help you play your way. Supplies may vary from week to week, but include fun things like fort-building equipment, puppets and costumes, bubbles, paint, giant blocks, and more.
This is an informal, drop in event. Staff and supplies will be available from 10:00-12:00. Come dressed for the weather and ready to get messy! Everyone is welcome at the Nature PlaySpace, but it has been designed especially for kids 7 and younger.
SCIENCE CAFE: ART IN THE LABORATORY
Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
INTERSECTIONS AND COLLABORATION IN ART & SCIENCE
What common pursuits do artists and scientists have? What would an artist’s collaboration with a scientist look like? What would happen if an artist shared a lab bench with research scientists? Fiber artist Gabrielle Duggan and entomologist Adrian Smith asked these questions during the summer of 2017. The art installation “Architectural Intersections; Ants, Art, and Science,” currently on display in the Nature Research Center, is a product of their unusual collaboration. The art piece features Smith’s research into the underground architecture of ant societies. Duggan and Smith will present the intersections of art and science and their insights into how artists and scientists can collaborate. After the Science Cafe, the audience is welcomed up to the lab to view the art piece and meet the artist & scientist who created it.
SCIENCE CAFE: CHANGING PERSPECTIVE: VIRTUAL REALITY AT MUSEUMS
Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Virtual Reality (VR) has emerged as a new opportunity for transforming how we view the world, with the interactive learning environments of museums serving as the perfect space for visitors to have their first virtual reality experience. No longer just digitally animated worlds, virtual reality can use 360-degree video to transport visitors from face-to-face with a giant grasshopper to the top of a glacier in the Antarctic. The technology behind VR is advancing rapidly with a wide variety of equipment available to satisfy all your virtual, augmented or mixed reality cravings. In this Café, Aaron Poteate will discuss the technology behind VR, museum applications, and what to expect in the next five years.