We hope you have had a chance by now to visit the new wing at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. The media have had quite a lot to say about the museum and its expansion. Here are just a few examples:

From WRAL.com

Nature Research Center makes grand first impression

Raleigh, N.C.—More than 70,000 people passed through the doors of the new wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences over 24 hours. The Nature Research Center opened Friday afternoon and quickly made a memorable first impression. Read more


From ScientificAmerican.com

A New World on the Outside of a Raleigh Museum

In Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has been building its Nature Research Center, a brand new extension to the museum focusing not just on science but on how science is done. It’s all awesome, and it opens today, April 20. You could talk all day about it—and, full disclosure, as a member of the board of the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, I seriously could.  Read more


From the newsobserver.com

The long-awaited Nature Research Center is finally open

RALEIGH – At 6 p.m. Friday, the Nature Research Center welcomed its first saucer-eyed kid to gawk at robotic bats, its first grabby fingers to touch a computerized map of Australia, its first nose pressed to a tank with a stingray swimming inside. Read more


From The Verge

90-foot 'Patterned by Nature' installation is low-res, high-impact

What better way to decorate the new Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences than by snaking a gigantic LCD glass ribbon through its five-story atrium? At 90 feet long and 10 feet wide, the installation—titled Patterned by Nature—is composed of 3,600 sandwiches of LCD glass. Read more


From charlotteobserver.com

New Fun in Raleigh

…Curiosity kicks in before you enter: Note what looks like a three-story globe attached to the building near the corner of Jones and Salisbury streets. It’s actually the SECU Daily Planet, a multimedia space with a 40-by-40-foot high-definition screen that, among other things, shows live science news. On the center’s first floor, a 10,000-gallon aquarium holds large saltwater fish, including bonnethead sharks and Atlantic stingrays. Read more


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