An occasional list of exhibits, programs, and events at North Carolina museums. Sponsored by the North Carolina Museums Council.

Monday, January 11, 2016

NCMC Events from Around the State… January 11, 2016

1). Asheville Art Museum ( invites visitors to get a peek into the day-to-day activities of the Museum’s curatorial department through a new exhibition opening January 16th titled Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Art Museum. The exhibition will appeal to all kinds of people — art collectors, museum studies students, and anyone curious about the inner workings of a Museum. Vault Visible will give visitors the chance to observe Museum professionals at work in the galleries as they carry out an inventory of the Permanent Collection, photograph objects, assemble crates and perform conservation treatments, all in the public eye. Accompanying displays and programming will reveal the compelling stories behind the Museum’s Collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art, while also helping visitors learn how to care for works of art, identify various mediums, and, in short, think like a curator. As a special component to the exhibition, the Museum will be re-creating several of its storage spaces in the public galleries, bringing large numbers of ceramics, glass works and paintings from the Permanent Collection out into public view. With the help of the transparent wall in the gallery, visitors will be able to peer into “the vault” to see how works of art are stored—an experience usually reserved for the Museum’s curatorial staff. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will be holding a series of programs. These programs will include workshops designed to teach practical skills in caring for works of art, as well as discussions centered on the challenges and delights of curating and collecting. Displays will change during the run of the exhibition to highlight the exciting discoveries made as the inventory unfolds.  For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit

2). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( invites you to join them for In the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Surry Countians Continuing the Dream  on Saturday, January 16th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  This program of healing will focus on the sacrifices, love, learning, service, perseverance, and hope of the African-American community of Surry County. Light refreshments will follow the program. Free admission, donations accepted.

3). Fort Fisher State Historic Site ( will commemorate the 151st anniversary of the 2nd battle of Fort Fisher on Saturday, January 16th by hosting “Distinguished by Their Gallantry in Action: Fort Fisher’s Medal of Honor Recipients” program.  Open to the public, this one day living history will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include periodic cannon firings, special tours, free lectures, kid’s activities, dozens of Union and Confederate reenactors, and a new exhibit highlighting the 72 soldiers, sailors, and Marines who received the Medal of Honor for their actions at Fort Fisher toward the end of the Civil War. Although never presented to their recipients, five Medals of Honor on loan from the U.S. Navy will be among the articles featured in the new exhibit.  Please call (910) 458-5538 for speaker line-up and other event information.

4). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville ( invites you to learn “All About Snakes” in the upcoming family-friendly monthly science program, Meet Me at the Museum, on Saturday, January 16th at 1:30 p.m. Ever wonder what snake species are at home in eastern North Carolina? Which ones are venomous and which ones are not? Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville as they welcome Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent of Jones Lake State Park and Little Bit, the corn snake. Freeman will explore the various snake species that call our area home. Participants will learn about snake biology, identification and a few do’s and don’ts. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 910-914-4185 or

5). The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum ( invites birders, naturalists, conservationists, and anyone interested in learning something new to the Museum’s next Scholars and Scones program, Birds of the High Country: Amazing Stories from a Remarkable Place, on Thursday, January 21st, at 11 a.m.  The Director of Land Bird Conservation at Audubon North Carolina, Curtis Smalling, will lead this informative and energetic talk which will introduce the audience to some amazing facts and stories about the birds that call North Carolina’s High Country home.  It will conclude with some simple ways that you can get involved in helping our birds thrive.  Hatchet Coffee and locally-baked goods will be served. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. For more information visit or call 828-295.9099.

6). The Museum of the Albemarle ( will host Preschooler Time on Thursday, January 14th at 10 a.m.  Participants between the ages of 3 to 5 years old and accompanied by an adult will discover how deep NASCAR’s roots are in North Carolina.  Find out, and learn about a few of the legendary drivers that come from our state and participate in a hands-on activity. For more information, please call (252) 335-1453.

7). Cape Fear Museum ( offers Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Screenings.  In the more than 50 years since the 1963 March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, the Civil Rights movement has helped transform U.S. society. Explore the movement’s history with Cape Fear Museum and its partners, the New Hanover County Public Library and New Beginning Church. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. New Hanover County Public Library will screen the following films in the New Hanover Room at their main branch located at 201 Chestnut Street:  Freedom Riders on Saturday, January 16, at 2:00 p.m. and the The Loving Story on Saturday, January 30, at 2:00 p.m.

8). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( hosts Town Hall featuring Greg Fishel plus United Nations, White House and Museum experts in the Museum’s WRAL 3D Theater on Thursday, January 14th from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by a caual reception to meet the speakers.  Apollo’s 1969 photographs of the blue-green Earth with its wafer-thin atmosphere and nighttime sparkle of city lights have become among the world’s most evocative images. They stimulated the environmental stewardship movement and influenced the designation of this latest moment in Earth history as the Anthropocene to highlight, and try to mitigate, the cumulative extent of human impacts on natural systems. As the human population approaches 7.5 billion, how can societies and environments best be sustained?  Forging a sustainable future, both globally and locally, depends on the United Nations and institutions such as universities and museums working in new ways to build a public base of science-related knowledge. Join WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and his three guests — Ramu Damodaran, Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact; Lori Foster, Professor of Psychology at NC State University and Fellow with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team; and Emlyn Koster, Director of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences — for the next program in the Museum series, “The Nature of Science: A Town Hall with Greg Fishel.” The event is made possible by the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Capitol Broadcasting Company.

9). Hands On! (, a Child's Gallery in Hendersonville, announces Literacy Week at Hands On!  Join Hands On Tuesday, January 19th – Friday, January 22nd for early reading and writing literacy exploration! Ages 3 years and above will enjoy learning about letters. Gain competence with pre-writing skills and letter recognition through engaging hands-on games. These activities are located in our party room and are free for members/free with $5 admission.

10). Weatherspoon Art Museum ( invites you to Pan American Modernism Opening on Friday, January 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Join them for a special evening celebrating Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States. Drawn from the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum collection, Pan American Modernism explores the rich visual dialogue that occurred across the two Americas between 1919 and 1979. Included are 70 significant artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 5pm: Director's Preview with Nancy Doll.  By invitation for Contributor level WAM members and above. 6pm: Members Gallery Talk. 6:30-8pm: Public Reception, free and open to the public. No reservations required.


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