The museum’s newest permanent gallery, a Naturalist Center, opened in August 2010. Modeled after the Smithsonian Institution Naturalist Center at the National Museum of Natural History, the local Naturalist Center offers similar access to diverse natural history specimens, from taxidermy mounts to animal bones, rocks, minerals, and plants. More than 200 mounted African animals and an outstanding collection of African artifacts provide unique learning opportunities. See an elephant, giraffe and lions in naturalistic settings. The interactive Catawba River Gallery allows kids to “get their hands wet” at the water table and see how they “measure up” to river fish species.
Visit the Vernon Grant Gallery, devoted to the creator of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies characters Snap! Crackle! Pop! Families and young children will enjoy a new exhibit, Tinker Tim the Toymaker, with 3-D interactive projects and landscapes inspired by Vernon Grant’s 1934 children’s book.
The Museum Store offers a variety of unique and eclectic children’s gifts, pottery, jewelry and souvenirs.
Tues-Sat, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Admission: Free on Sundays; Tuesday – Saturday, Adult, $5; Senior, $4; Youth ages 4-17, $3; 3 and younger and CHM members, free. Prices and hours subject to change.