Extraordinary Events. Extraordinary Place.
At the Museum of Life and Science, we strive to bring wonder-filled moments to each visitor of the Museum. It is our pleasure to do the same for each attendee of your special event. We are so excited to join you on the journey towards your special day and can't wait to see what wonderful moments await!
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Daytime Rental Options
Mercury Meeting Room & Special Events Tent: 8:00am–5:00pm
Evening Rental Options
All venue spaces: 6:30pm–1:00am
- Custom rental packages starting as low as $2,795 and including space for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception
- Exclusive use of Museum venue space for event
- Day-of logistics coordinator provided
- Automatic rain back-up plan
- Complimentary rehearsal hour if booking ceremony
- Bridal ready room
- Complimentary golf cart transportation
- Set-up and take-down time provided free of charge
- Access to 84-acre campus for wedding photography
- Free parking for guests and wedding party
Want to see the wonder of our venue options in person? Site tours are available Tuesday through Friday by appointment only.
Mix and mingle around a tornado. Dance next to a lunar lander.
Our main building exhibit space offers a number of creative settings to give you and your guests an exceptional experience. We can accommodate a variety of group sizes depending on the details of your event.
|Mercury Meeting Room, 40'x50'
|South Gallery, 40'x48'
|South Wing: Aerospace PLUS South Gallery
Magic Wings Butterfly House
Dance with hundreds of exotic butterflies. Walk through a tropical rainforest.
Magic Wings Butterfly House is a "total immersion" butterfly exhibit where your guests will walk through a rainforest surrounded by hundreds of tropical butterflies.
One of the Museum's most popular attractions and among the largest butterfly conservatories in the Southeast, Magic Wings offers your guests a spectacular setting for ceremonies, family gatherings, and small receptions.
Special events tent & lawn
Enjoy a romantic evening under our tent and the night sky.
Our special events tent is 30 by 50 feet covering a red brick surface and set next to a beautifully landscaped lawn and lush garden. Featuring warm market-style lights, this area is perfect for those who want to dance the night away and celebrate with loved ones.
|Tent PLUS Lawn
Add-ons & Services
Ceremony Rehearsal: 1-hour rehearsal, complimentary with all wedding packages. Scheduled one day prior to your event day between 9am–5pm.
Animal Encounter: The Museum has a variety of animals for your guests to meet and touch! A Museum Educator will bring up to three of our animals to meet your guests and answer questions. Specific animal availability may change.
Butterfly Release: Your very own private release of newly emerged butterflies into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory. You might even get one to land on you!
Child Care: Provide your guests with the added comfort of having two of our Museum Educators entertain the kids at your event! Educators have cleared background checks and also work our birthday parties and summer camp programs. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities, explore Museum exhibits, and eat dinner together. Potty-trained children ages 3 and older, please. Two hour minimum.
Train Rides: Enjoy a thrilling ride on our Ellerbe Creek Railway train through the park. For evening events, the train runs for an hour making as many trips through campus as will fit in the hour. Train rides for daytime events are also available - just ask for details and available times!
Liquid Nitrogen Edible Creations: Add a little wonder to your cocktail hour! Our Museum Educator will use liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze beverage ingredients of your choice to make delectable frozen cocktails and treats!
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