Calendar

  • The Lab

    Oct 21st, 2018
    10:00am - Noon
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

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  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 21st, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • The Lab

    Oct 21st, 2018
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

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  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 21st, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 21st, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 21st, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 21st, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • The Lab

    Oct 23rd, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 23rd, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 23rd, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 23rd, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 23rd, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 23rd, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • The Lab

    Oct 24th, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 24th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


    More Details
  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 24th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 24th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 24th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 24th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • The Lab

    Oct 25th, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 25th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


    More Details
  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 25th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 25th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 25th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Snake and Alligator Feeding

    Oct 25th, 2018
    4:00pm - 4:30pm
    Free

    Stop by Carolina Wildlife and learn more about our reptiles while our Animal Keepers feed them their weekly meal.

    Snake and Alligator Feedings occur every Thursday at 4:00pm. 

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  • The Lab

    Oct 26th, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 26th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


    More Details
  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 26th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 26th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 26th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 26th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • Super Scientist Saturday

    Oct 27th, 2018
    10:00am - Noon
    Free With Admission

    The Lab runs from 10:00am–12:00pm and from 1:00pm–4:00pm.

    Get your chemistry on! Today in The Lab, join Jessica Griswold and Tayliz Rodriquez, chemists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They will talk about their work with renewable energies and finding more environmentally friendly ways to conduct new chemical reactions.

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  • The Lab

    Oct 27th, 2018
    10:00am - Noon
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 27th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Tinkering Family Workshops: Frankenstuffs

    Oct 27th, 2018
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    20 per ticket*

    Prices: $20 per ticket*
    *Does not include admission to the Museum.

    Dates:
    October 26 from 1pm–3pm
    October 27 from 10am–12pm
    October 27 from 1pm–3pm

    Ages: For ages 6 & older**
    **All participating children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. We kindly request that one adult accompany every two children if the participants are under the age of 12.

    Tinkerers of all ages and abilities will love these hands-on workshops! Once a month, join our team of expert educators as you explore the latest technologies and develop skills that create real-world connections to science, technology, and engineering.

    This month: Get ready for a day of mad scientist fun as you bring a “Frankenstuff” creation to life! Combine and reuse stuffed animals to build your own custom creature, then explore electronics by integrating soft circuits into your design. Can you design a critter with eyes that light? What happens when you adjust the circuits? Your Frankenstuff can be anything, and best of all, it’s yours to keep!

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  • The Lab

    Oct 27th, 2018
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 27th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 27th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 27th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 27th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • Pumpkin Patch Express

    Oct 28th, 2018
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    15 per Person

    Celebrate Fall With a Ride on the Pumpkin Patch Express!
    Sponsored by Durham Academy

    Event Dates:
    Oct 6-7; 13-14; 20-21; 27-28

    Times

    10:00am –4:00pm 
    Trains leave the station every half hour.

    What to Expect

    Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the Museum's pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before returning to the station.

    Activities Include:

    • Mini Pumpkin Toss
    • Hay Maze
    • Corn Crib
    • Pumpkin Decorating
    • Temporary Tatoos
    • Other Great Carnival Games! 

    The Fine Print

    Pre-registration is required for this event. Children 2 and under free. General admission to the Museum is not included in your ticket cost. Please be prepared to purchase admission (or have your membership card checked) upon arrival to the Museum. Tickets purchased in advance will be available at the Admission Desk. Tickets available for sale online until 2 hours before train time. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale at the door.

    Buy Your Ticket Today!

    Want More Information?

    No problems! You can click here for our FAQ.

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  • The Lab

    Oct 28th, 2018
    10:00am - Noon
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 28th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


    More Details
  • The Lab

    Oct 28th, 2018
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    October Labs

    Boats and Submarines
    Oct 2 – Oct 7

    Explore what makes boats float and submarines sink and test your own design in The Lab. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Train Your Brain
    Oct 8 – Oct 14

    Our brains have so many jobs throughout the day. Even with all they do, we can also train our brains to do new things! Try out your skills with some of our brain activities.

    Animal Investigators
    Oct 15 – Oct 21

    There has been a new animal sneaking around the museum, but no one knows what it is. There are some clues left behind that we can study. Come to The Lab and help us solve this mystery!

    Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Energy
    Oct 22 – Oct 28

    Join us and celebrate Chemistry Week with National Informal STEM Education Network activities! We will take a look at how chemistry affects the energy we use and what the future of energy may look like. On Saturday, scientists Talyiz Rodriguez and Jessica Griswold will join us to share their research in chemistry.

    More Details
  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 28th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 28th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 28th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 28th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • The Lab

    Oct 30th, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    November Labs

    Spooky Science
    Oct 29 – Nov 4

    As the nights get longer, things get spookier. The Lab is no exception! Investigate some cool chemistry in a new, fun way.

    Test Your Lungs
    Nov 5 – Nov 11

    Our lungs are one of our most important organs. This week in The Lab we will put our lungs to the test with exercise and relaxation and learn how air travels from outside our bodies to inside.

    Environmental Investigators
    Nov 12 – Nov 18

    Join us in The Lab for a week of hands-on activities about how pollution affects our water. Use different scientific tools to test our waters samples and decide which one is the healthiest.

    On saturday, November 17th, environmentalist Alison Singer and biologist Jacob Becker will be with us to talk about their research on pollution and facilitate some hands on activities for the day.

    Feeding Frenzy
    Nov 19 – Nov 25

    Come explore what and how different animals eat to survive! Act like a pollinator in our bee activity, look at different insect mouthparts in the microscopes, and investigate how different birds have different adaptations to help them eat!

    Holiday Constellations
    Nov 26 – Dec 2

    In The Lab this week we will look at the constellations that cover our skies in the winter months. We will discuss why they fascinate us and about the stars that make them possible.

    On Saturday, December 1st, Shannon Morgan from NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors will join us to talk about the latest discoveries and missions of NASA.

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  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 30th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 30th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 30th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 30th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 30th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • Santa Train

    Oct 30th, 2018
    5:00pm - 9:00pm
    15 December 1-2 | $20 December 5-9 | $22 December 12-16 | $22 December 19-22

    All Aboard the Santa Train!

    The Museum of Life and Science is pleased to host the 41st Annual Santa Train, the Museum's largest annual fundraising event and holiday tradition for the whole family.

    Thousands of twinkling lights will shine throughout the Museum campus, guiding the way to all the fun! Check out the "ice" skating rink for skate-in-your-socks excitement. Sip complimentary hot chocolate, have your face painted, and explore our crafts and activities tent where you can make and take special treats and learn about the science of Santa. Then hop on board the train for a moonlit ride to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves will greet all of our guests. On your way out, be sure to visit our pop-up Museum gift shop to take home something special!

    Your ticket purchase does so much more than help you make memories with your family. Proceeds from this event support the Museum's mission to create a place of lifelong learning, where people from young child to senior citizen embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.

    Activities

    Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as you make your way to meet Santa and his elves. Back at the station explore festive activities including:

    • Face painting by Paint Savvy
    • Holiday crafts
    • "Science of Santa" activities including hands-on snow polymer, simple circuits, and more
    • Holiday music and light displays
    • "Skate in your socks" synthetic ice rink
    • Complimentary hot chocolate
    • Pop-up Museum gift shop
    • Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee

    Pre-registration required. Children 2 and under free.


    Event Sales Information

    Supporting Members: October 30, 9:00am 
    Explorer Members: November 1, 9:00am
    Business Members: November 5, 9:00am
    General Public: November 6, 9:00am

    Event Dates, Prices & Times

    Nightly: Gates open at 5:00pm and close at 9:00pm
    Trains leave every twenty minutes from 5:20pm through 8:20pm.

    December 1-2 | Tickets are $15
    December 5-9 | Tickets are $20
    December 12-16 | Tickets are $22
    December 19-22 | Tickets are $22

    Tickets Available Soon!

    Thanks to Our Sponsors:

    Durham Coca-Cola, Party Reflections, Paint Savvy, and Amish Barns!


    The Fine Print

    Santa Train is an after hours event. General admission to the Museum is not included in your ticket cost.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the Admission Desk or event check-in location.

    All ticket changes will result in a $10.00 processing fee per transaction and the difference in ticket price, if any.

    $10.00 of each $15.00 ticket, $15.00 of each $20.00 ticket, and $17.00 of each $22.00 ticket is tax-deductible.

    Read the Santa Train FAQ Here!

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  • The Lab

    Oct 31st, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    November Labs

    Spooky Science
    Oct 29 – Nov 4

    As the nights get longer, things get spookier. The Lab is no exception! Investigate some cool chemistry in a new, fun way.

    Test Your Lungs
    Nov 5 – Nov 11

    Our lungs are one of our most important organs. This week in The Lab we will put our lungs to the test with exercise and relaxation and learn how air travels from outside our bodies to inside.

    Environmental Investigators
    Nov 12 – Nov 18

    Join us in The Lab for a week of hands-on activities about how pollution affects our water. Use different scientific tools to test our waters samples and decide which one is the healthiest.

    On saturday, November 17th, environmentalist Alison Singer and biologist Jacob Becker will be with us to talk about their research on pollution and facilitate some hands on activities for the day.

    Feeding Frenzy
    Nov 19 – Nov 25

    Come explore what and how different animals eat to survive! Act like a pollinator in our bee activity, look at different insect mouthparts in the microscopes, and investigate how different birds have different adaptations to help them eat!

    Holiday Constellations
    Nov 26 – Dec 2

    In The Lab this week we will look at the constellations that cover our skies in the winter months. We will discuss why they fascinate us and about the stars that make them possible.

    On Saturday, December 1st, Shannon Morgan from NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors will join us to talk about the latest discoveries and missions of NASA.

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  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 31st, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


    More Details
  • Meet the Keeper

    Oct 31st, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Oct 31st, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Butterfly Release

    Oct 31st, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Oct 31st, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. 

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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