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75th Anniversary Celebration

May 20, 7 – 10 pm

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Join us as we celebrate seventy-five years of memories and innovation at the Museum of Life and Science!

Explore the Past…

You’ll be transported back into the Museum’s history as you stroll through some of our most picturesque outdoor exhibits. Enjoy creative cuisine as you sip cocktails in the treehouses, mingle amongst the dinosaurs, and participate in interactive science experiences.

Discover the Future…

While the Museum’s history runs deep, its future looks brighter than ever. Guests can get a sneak peek at the Museum’s renovations and hear about our future plans from the Museum’s CEO and Board Chair.  The silent auction will feature exclusive Museum experiences, offered only on this night!

Event Schedule

7 pm – Cocktails and appetizers in Hideaway Woods

7:45 pm – Remarks from the Museum’s CEO, Carrie Heinonen and Board Chair, Jordan Clark

8 pm – 10 pm – Main event stretching from the Butterfly House to the Dinosaur Trail, including full open bar, strolling supper, desserts, silent auction tables, construction tours, live music from Punch, and dancing under the stars.


$175 per person
$1,750 VIP Table (includes tickets and reserved seating for eight)


Creative cocktail attire.

For more information about becoming an event sponsor, please contact

To make a 75th Anniversary gift to the Museum in lieu of attendance, please visit our donation page.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will support the Museum’s mission.

In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

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Thank you to our event sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor
E.T. Rollins and Frances P. Rollins Foundation
Merck & Co.

Silver Sponsor
Delta Development North Carolina
Jim and Susie Erlinger

Bronze Sponsor
Duke Energy
Durham Coca-Cola Bottling
Romeo, Wiggins & Company
United Therapeutics

In-kind Sponsor
Ashleigh Bakes Daily, Durham Distillery, Harris Beverage, Mystic Farm & Distillery, Tre Bella