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The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Welcomes Visitors Back on September 22

(The Triangle Trend) North Carolina’s movement to phase 2.5 of COVID-19 restrictions has arrived just in time for those of us who are seriously missing museum excursions. Along with gyms and playgrounds, museums now have the green light to welcome visitors back at a reduced capacity.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the largest institution of its kind in the southeast, recently announced its re-opening date of September 22. Read on to learn about the new measures in place and how you can safely enjoy all the exhibits the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has to offer.


Reduced Hours

The museum will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday-Sunday.


Safety Measures in Place

 In compliance with North Carolina law, face coverings are required for visitors ages 5 and up, as well as for Museum staff. If you don’t have one, the Museum Store has cloth face coverings available for purchase.

Social distancing of at least 6 feet is encouraged whenever possible.

Facilities and high-traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular schedule.

Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the museum for visitor use.


Limited Capacity

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences does not permit groups larger than 10 to enter the museum. Currently, the museum is unable to admit organized groups such as school field trips, churches, or daycares.


Make Sure to Reserve a Ticket

Free, timed-entry tickets can be reserved here. Entry times are offered at 15-minute intervals beginning at 10 AM and ending at 3 PM. Once inside the museum, guests can stay until the museum closes at 4 PM.

Contactless check-in is available at the entrance, located at 11 West Jones St. Simply print out your tickets or make sure they are ready on your smartphone.

Everyone—including members—must reserve a ticket before arriving. Tickets are not transferable to another day. If you leave the museum, you must reserve another ticket for re-entry.


Exhibits Available for Safe Viewing

The featured exhibit, “Beyond Curie: A Celebration of Women in Science”, highlights female scientists that should have received as much acclaim as Marie Curie.

This exhibition features portraits of 40 female scientists and mathematicians with aspects of their research incorporated within the art. Some are accompanied by 3D models, interactive displays, and even enhanced by an augmented reality app that you can download for free on your phone.

Additionally, you will be able to explore most of the permanent collections you could before, including “Prehistoric North Carolina” and “Postcards from Space.”

To keep visitors safe, some exhibits are restricted for now, like the 3D movie theater, Windows on the World, Living Conservatory, Discovery Room, hand-on Investigative Labs, the Naturalist Center, and any others too small to allow for social distancing.

There’s still plenty more to see at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Happy learning!

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