NC Science Museum
Being home to a number of intellectual people (being home to the most
scientific and liberal minds of the University of North Carolina and the
place where the Research Triangle resides), it's no surprise that North
Carolina has a number of science museums that are always open to welcome
people and use their key which leads to unveiling of new knowledge. Here
are some of the most visited science museums in the state.
Located at Market Street in Wilmington is The Cape Fear Museum of
History and Science. Aside from being a science museum, it is actually
known as the oldest history museum in North Carolina when it was founded
in 1898. It features a wide array of relics and other artifacts that
currently reached up to 50,000, which includes photographs, items and
tools, would also help visitors unearth and understand the science and
culture of the Lower Cape fear region. Among its featured exhibits are
the "Cape Fear Seashells," a vast collection of rare and common
seashells in the area, "Ocean: Explore and Discover," an interactive
museum that leads visitors to the most recent research projects on the
ocean, "Wilmington's Giant Ground Sloth" skeleton which shows a replica
of skeleton of what was believed, the oldest creature that lived in the
Cape Fear Region, about 1.5 million years ago.
SciWorks in Winston-Salem was formed to promote literacy and
appreciation of the sciences in the most innovative and fun way of
learning it. The museum includes 25,000 square feet of exhibits, 15-acre
environmental park, 119-seat planetarium, 143-seat auditorium and a
number of collections and special programs that caters not only to
children but to older audiences as well. Exhibits include "Mountain to
Sea" which presents the geographical diversity of the state,
"Collections" which include specimens and fossils, "Science Lab,"
"Millennium Foundation," "Bioworks," "Soundworks" and more. The
Planetarium, on the other hand, is located in a 50-foot dome that puts
visitors in a realistic simulation of the night sky that welcomes
everyone to the recent advancements of astronomy. Programs in the
planetarium differ from preschool to adult level.
Another important museum is the Schiele Museum of Natural History in
Gastonia. It features the natural wonders of North America and North
Carolina that helps to promulgate awareness of nature among people.
Collections in the museum include natural specimens and cultural
artifacts while the exhibits are categorized accordingly. The Hall of
North Carolina Natural History pictures the diversity of life: from the
coastline to the mountains. The Hall of North American Habitats pictures
animal life in the most extreme locations, from ocean floors, to
deserts, to tundra. Other exhibits in the area are the Hall of North
American Wildlife, the Elizabeth Hall of Earth and Man and the Henry
Hall of the American Indian.
Other science museums in North Carolina are Catawba Science Center in
Hickory, Colburn Earth Science Museum in Asheville, Museum of Coastal
Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, Natural Science Center of Greensboro,
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and North Carolina Museum of