Walk among the ancients! This exhibit features impressive models of prehistoric giants like the T-Rex and Triceratops. Fossils, skeletons and dinosaur footprints give
visitors a glimpse into history and tell the story of what life was like millions of years before man. Petrified wood and amber are just some of the artifacts on display
for young paleontologists to explore.
Go ahead... pick a nose, smell intestinal gas, and force vomit from a gut! Explore your insides in this entertaining, educational exhibit filled with interactive
displays. Take a tour of your body's main systems and learn how the choices you make can affect your health in the future.
Get the background on animals with backbones! Learn about a variety of vertebrates by checking out skeletons from around the animal kingdom.
From copperheads and rattlesnakes to gila monsters and hellbenders, this exhibit displays venomous reptiles and unusual amphibians. Compare venomous and non-venomous snakes and see the largest amphibian in NC!
Check out some unique specimens from our collection on display in our collection curator's office. From old electronics to underwater wonders, see some of our unusual items not usually on display.
EXTREME WEATHER GALLERY
Just how big is grapefruit sized hail? Where’s the wettest place on the planet? Find the answers to these questions and more as you explore the fury and fun of Mother
Nature! Grab a Category 5 hurricane with your bare hands, attract electricity as you reach for lightning and feel the force of a tornado! You'll be blown away by this
Junior explorers will love this area designed specifically for children 5 and under! Send ships sailing at the water table. Shop at the market to create an imaginary meal in the playhouse. Become a gardener, veterinarian, or shopkeeper then take a break by reading a book or creating a puppet show in the Nature Nook.
Friendly and informed docents are on hand in this touch lab to tell you about our resident reptiles. Touch one of our scaly creatures and get a feel for herpetology!
Meet an ancient alligator snapping turtle, see if you can spot Nemo and Dory in their colorful tank, and check out an alligator. From tropical waters to freshwater giants, this exhibit displays some of the most amazing aquatic animals around!