Upcoming Exhibits

Find out which exhibits will be coming to the Museum soon!  

Crafting Ethnic Identity in the Andes and Mesoamerica: Highlights from the Doughty Folk Art Collection
Opens May 7, 2016

Andes_Man-smaller-lr.jpgLearn how people with roots in prehispanic cultures from Mesoamerica and the Andes express their identities in what they make and wear through a conscious selection of patterns, colors and materials that echo their community’s past. This exhibition in the Museum's West Gallery offers a glimpse of mid 20th-century life for indigenous people living in different parts of South and Central America. Dive into history by exploring hand-crafted items, including heirlooms dating to the 19th century, that represent lifestyles adapted to various environments ranging from high mountain to desert regions and the lush Amazon rain forest.


Wicked Plants: The Exhibit
Opens May 14, 2016, through Jan. 15, 2017

Wicked Plants Exhibit- LogoStep into a realm where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous or just plain nasty, experience some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals – without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment or other danger. Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactives, this eerie environment educates and entertains audiences with information about some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation.


Frogs! A Chorus of Colors
Jan. 28-Sept. 4, 2017

Frogs Exhibit- LogoWelcome to the colorful world of anurans—commonly known as frogs and toads. This interactive exhibition features fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Experience some of the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and remarkably adaptable life forms on earth. For people who have never thought of frogs as beautiful, this exhibit may change minds. Search for hidden frogs, activate calls and perform a virtual dissection in this hands-on, minds-on adventure allowing visitors to discover the important role frogs play--including potentially foretelling the future health of the environment.

Frogs! A Chorus of Colors was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.