Get to know animals, plants and more at monthly special events
Explore the moon, stars and beyond in our new digital planetarium.
From March - May, gaze up at the springtime night sky during a 15-minute guided tour of the stars and constellations visible this time of year.
Seasonal star shows take you on a guided tour of the Queen City sky in winter, spring, summer or fall. Learn to identify stars, planets and constellations visible to the naked eye and how to orient yourself using celestial guideposts.
Housed in the Museum’s original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium (formerly the Nature Dome featuring Grandpa Tree), the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium® Zeta planetarium system, with bench and floor seating around the dome.
Planetarium shows are included with Museum admission. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for entry. Please request planetarium tickets at Admissions upon arrival. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be requested online or in advance.
|10:00 a.m.||One World, One Sky||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||Puppet Show: Carolina Morning||Dragonfly Theatre|
|1:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Alligator Feeding||Great Hall|
|3:30 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|6:00 p.m.||Live Animal Encounter||Dragonfly Theatre|
|6:30 p.m.||One World, One Sky||Planetarium|
|7:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|Jul 18||Nature's Stink|
|Jul 21||The Buzz About Bees|
|Jul 22||Busy Bees|
|Jul 24||Fantastic Frogs|
|Aug 11||Merit Badge Workshop: Insect Study|
|Aug 25||Merit Badge Workshop: Reptile & Amphibian Study|
|Sep 08||Merit Badge Workshop: Bird Study|
|Sep 19||Senior Science Days: Wildlife of North Carolina|
|Oct 13||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|