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  For you museum fans.Click on one of the links below and gather the information.
Science Museums
Cape Fear Museum
Wilmington. Exhibits combine history and science; the Michael Jordan Gallery presents the ecology of the Cape Fear area.
Catawba Science Center
Hickory. Web site has information on current exhibits, membership, and the schedule of special events.
Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum
Asheville. Part of the Pack Place museum complex, Colburn has become an important museum of earth science. School tours available.
Discovery Place
Charlotte. Extensive web site includes information on the science museum itself, the Omnimax Theater and Planetarium, and the Nature Museum.
Raleigh. More than a science museum, but includes science exhibits and programs.
The Health Adventure
Asheville. Regional health and science education center, open daily.
Imagination Station
Wilson. The museum is back in its original building after surviving a major fire in January 2000.
Museum of Coastal Carolina
Ocean Isle Beach. MOCC is known for its shell collection and Native American exhibits.
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Greensboro. Site has information on exhibits and events, community programs, and school programs. Museum includes a planetarium.
NC Museum of Life and Science
Durham. The museum offers programs for teachers and students; its new Magic Wings Butterfly House is unique in the state.
NC State Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh. Site includes an interactive tour and information on public, school, and research programs. The new museum building opened in April 2000.
Rocky Mount Children's Museum
Rocky Mount. Science is a major emphasis at this regional museum. Closed by Hurricane Floyd in September 1999, the museum reopened November 11, 2000.
Schiele Museum and Planetarium
Gastonia. The museum's web site has complete information on exhibits and programs.
Winston-Salem. Site has complete program information. The museum includes a planetarium and a 15-acre environmental park.
Corporate Science Centers
Aurora Fossil Museum
Aurora. Operated by PCS Corporation, the museum displays fossils found in the giant PCS phosphate mines. School tours available.
Energy Explorium
Lake Norman. Duke Power visitor center at the McGuire nuclear plant. Exhibits, wildflower garden, nature trail. School tours available.
Science History Museums
NC Maritime Museum
Beaufort. The Museum's program combines history and science. Site has complete information on programs and exhibits. The museum has branch locations at Manteo and Southport.
NC Transportation Museum
Spencer. Best known for its railroad exhibits, the museum concentrates on the technology of transportation.
Reed Gold Mine
Stanfield. In Cabarrus County: the first U.S. gold mine (1799). Exhibits and tours feature geology as well as history.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Kill Devil Hills. In addition to visitor information, this web site has extensive information on the Wrights and their accomplishments.
Archaeological Sites
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Manteo. Well known as the site of the Lost Colony, Fort Raleigh is also the scene of continuing archaeolgical research.
Horne Creek Farm
Surry County. Research here has provided information on the life of early Piedmont settlers.
Somerset Place
Washington County. Archaeology at this plantation has revealed much about slave communities in eastern North Carolina.
Town Creek Indian Mound
Mt. Gilead. In Montgomery County: Indians of the Pee Dee culture occupied this site about 1200 AD. Museum of archaeology and anthropology.
Edward R. Zane Planetarium
Greensboro. Part of the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Site includes show information and schedules.
Morehead Planetarium
Chapel Hill. Site includes information on public and school programs, a teachers guide, and the Guide to the Universe.
Cline Observatory
Jamestown. Operated by Guilford Technical Community College. Offers courses and public programs.
Craven E. Williams Observatory
Boiling Springs. Located at Gardner-Webb University; hosts school groups for observing and educational programs.
Lucile Miller Observatory
Maiden. Located at Maiden High School, this is an outstanding resource for school and amateur astronomy.
Morehead Observatory
Chapel Hill. Offers public observing nights and has a program allowing students to make solar observations by remote control.
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Rosman (Transylvania County). Non-profit institute at a former NASA tracking facility. Portable planetarium available for school use.
North Carolina Aquariums
Fort Fisher, Manteo, Pine Knoll Shores. The state's three aquariums share this site, which includes online tours, visitor and event information, and a description of the ongoing project to expand the three facilities.
North Carolina Estuarium
Washington, NC. This aquarium focuses on the sounds and estuaries of eastern North Carolina.
Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
Airlie Gardens
Wilmington. Now owned and managed by New Hanover County, this botanical garden is being redeveloped and improved as an educational institution.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Fayetteville. Web site has general and visitor information and directions to the garden.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Belmont. A relatively new botanical garden in the Charlotte area. Site provides background on development and current programs.
J. C. Raulston Arboretum
Raleigh. The NC State University Arboretum has been named for its late founder and longtime director. Site includes a photographic tour, visitor information, calendar of events, and a database of plantings.
North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville. Located in the Bent Creek Research and Demonstration Forest of the Pisgah National Forest, the Arboretum offers a variety of educational programs.
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill. The Garden specializes in native North Carolina plants and manages a large natural area.
Reynolda Gardens
Winston-Salem. Web site includes descriptions of the exhibits, trails, and educational programs available.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Durham. Site includes visitor and event information, a photographic tour, and a calendar of bloom.
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Charlotte. Visitor an event information as well as a description of the gardens. The Van Landingham Glen showcases native plants.
UNC Wilmington Arboretum
Wilmington. In addition to thematic gardens, the Arboretum includes the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve and Bluethenthal Wildlife Preserve.
North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro. A colorful site, with visitor information, information on education programs, a species index, and other valuable information.
Western North Carolina Nature Center
Asheville. The center introduces visitors to the natural wonders of the mountain environment through a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Nature Centers
Blue Jay Point County Park
Wake County. Located on Falls Lake. Environmental Education Center offers programs for kids and adults.
Charlotte Nature Museum
Located near Freedom park, this branch of Discovery Place features plants and animals of the Charlotte area.
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock (Rutherford County). Geology is the biggest attraction, but plants and wildlife are also featured at this site in the Blue Ridge.
Cradle of Forestry in America
Pisgah Forest. Located near Brevard in Transylvania County, this is the location of the first forestry school and research program in America.
Educational State Forests
Chapel Hill, Clayton, Elizabethtown, Hendersonville, Lenoir, Mt. Holly, Purlear. These seven state forests have environmental education centers, rangers trained in education work, and special guided trails.
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center
Tryon. Center has an extensive program of environmental education activities, both in-school and on-site.
Grandfather Mountain
Linville. A privately-owned preserve jointly managed with the Nature Conservancy; includes a nature museum, exhibits, and trails. Comprehensive web site, with information on ecology, plants, animals. and weather.
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
Nags Head. A Nature Conservancy site preserving a rare maritime forest on the Outer Banks. The visitor center offers a variety of educational programs.
Stevens Nature Center
Cary. Located at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, the center has exhibits, classroom space, and public programs.
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Southern Pines. Visitor center houses a natural history museum and provides programs for the public and school groups.

Wildlife Conservation Centers
Cape Fear Serpentarium
Wilmington. This new, privately-owned facility houses snakes and other reptiles from around the world.
Carnivore Preservation Trust
Pittsboro. CPT shelters more than 200 animals of 16 endangered species. Not a zoo, but it offers in-school programs and guided tours for school groups.
Carolina Raptor Center
Charlotte. The Center cares for injured birds of prey. It's open to the public and to school groups. The site includes a featured species as well as information on what to do if you find an injured bird.
Duke University Primate Center
Durham. This center, open to school tours, promotes the conservation of lemurs, tarsiers, and other prosimians (rare and endangered primates). The site has a wonderful collection of photos and information.
Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Edenton. The hatchery has a small aquarium, wetland trails and other educational facilities; tours offered for school groups
NC Wildlife Education Centers
Pisgah Forest and Corolla. Operated by the NC Wildlife Commission. A third center is under development in Raleigh.
Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Topsail Island. The center assists turtles found injured or ill along the North Carolina coast.

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