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

Monday, February 01, 2016

NCMC Events from Around the State… February 1, 2016

1). North Carolina Museums Council’s History Section ( and the Rowan Museum ( invite you and your colleagues to a Museum/Historic Site networking event on Tuesday, February 9th, from 9-10 a.m. at Rowan Museum located at 202 N. Main St., Salisbury, NC.  Compare notes, discuss upcoming events, share printed material, and more. No need to R.S.V.P. and refreshments will be available. Parking is in 2 hour increments on the street and there is a free lot out front.

2). The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources ( invites you go behind-the-scenes at the conservation lab at the North Carolina Museum of Art during a live webcast on Thursday, February 4th, at 11 a.m. Conservators on the museum’s staff will review the 21st century process of laser cleaning 16th century artworks, and explain the process of cleaning, varnishing and retouching paintings that may be hundreds of years old. Registration is required online at

3). Greensboro Historical Museum ( invites you to enjoy music, food, and fun on Saturday, February 6th from 1 -4 p.m. as Warnersville: Our Home, Our Neighborhood, Our Stories enters its last weeks on exhibition. Enjoy music by the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 1 p.m., followed by remarks and a proclamation by Rep. Ralph C. Johnson, words from the museum staff, and closing remarks by museum trustee and Warnersville Historical and Beautification Society leader James Griffin.  Visitors can also spend time with costumed actors who’ll be portraying people from local African American history. Among them are Revolutionary War soldier Ned Griffin, Warnersville leader Harmon Unthank, NCA&T educator Margaret Falkener, politician Zoe Barbee, and astronaut Ron McNair.  Warnersville: Our Home, Our Neighborhood, Our Stories will be on view through Sunday, February 14.

4). Turchin Center for the Visual Arts ( invites you to metalsmith Julia Barello’s stunning installation Strange Gardens which opens Friday, February 5th and runs until August 6th, 2016. With her breathtaking new installation, a multi-layered environment of vivid, translucent color and swirling form, jeweler and metalsmith Julia Barello will transforms the walls of the Turchin Center’s Mayer Gallery into a symbolic garden, brightly blooming in the dark chill of winter. It will be the largest, most ambitious work by Barello to date. The show will have the traditional Turchin Center Exhibition Celebration (one of Boone’s most popular social events), on Friday, February 5th, from 6 – 10 p.m.

5). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( invites you to chill out with them and learn about how some animals (and lemurs) survive winter.  Animals that hibernate conserve energy by chilling out; their body temperature plummets to near-freezing levels, heart rate lowers to three to five breaths per minute, and some can go up to 15 minutes without taking a breath. Join Duke University’s Sheena Faherty to find out how these adaptations, which would be deadly to a non-hibernator, allow these mammals to survive harsh winter environments year after year with no ill effects. Her presentation, “Chill Out! Hibernation as a ‘Cool’ Way to Survive the Winter,” takes place at the Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, February 4th at 7 p.m.  Educators from the Duke Lemur Center will also be on hand from 6 to 7 p.m. to share photos and stories of their resident lemurs, as well as information on their lemur conservation efforts in Madagascar.  This lecture is in conjunction with the special exhibit, Extreme Mammals, which explores the diversity, ancestry and evolution of species ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like. Lecture ticket is $10. Add an exhibition ticket to your order and receive $5 off admission. Friends of the Museum members receive free admission to the exhibition. Tickets are available online ( or at the Museum Box Office (919-707-9950).

6). The Tobacco Farm Life Museum ( will hold the 11th annual “Breakfast with the Commissioner” event, with Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, on Friday, February 5th at 7:30 A.M at the Southern Farm Show.   During the event Dr. Richard Linton, Dean of NCSU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, will be presented with the “Excellence in Agriculture” award. Tickets are on sale for $25 and include breakfast, the opportunity to hear firsthand the latest agriculture news, participate in acknowledging the “Excellence in Agriculture” and “Innovative Young Farmer of the Year” award winners and visit with North Carolina’s Agriculture leaders. Proceeds from this event benefit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Inc.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 919-284-3431 or by visiting

7). Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex ( will host Dancing Stories with April C. Turner, a highly energetic performance of dance, stories and songs from the West African culture, on Saturday, February 6th, at 2:00 p.m. From Turner’s performance the audience will learn how West African dances and stories affirm community-building concepts of working together, integrity, and perseverance. Together, Turner and the audience will explore the language of African dance symbols. At the end of the presentation, audience members are invited to participate in playing musical instruments together as a community. The program is a well-rounded cultural experience focusing on the strength of art to inspire, unite and educate. The event is free and open to the public. More information about April Turner can be found at her website:  For more information about the Museum please call 910-486-1330, follow them on Facebook, or visit their website at

8). The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( announces a Kids-Only Valentines Sleepover at the Aquarium!  What’s not to love about a night with sharks and hearts? The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher transforms into a kids-only zone Valentine’s Weekend. The Aquarium hosts “Hugs and Fishes Valentine’s Lock-In,” for children ages 5 to 12, with two evenings to choose from Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. Guests arrive at 6 p.m. to play games, make crafts and enjoy animal programs. When it’s time to settle down for the evening, the little ones will drift off in front of the Cape Fear Shoals with sharks, rays, schooling fish and a sea turtle lulling them to sleep. Trained Aquarium staff will supervise all activities.  Dinner, snacks and breakfast will be provided. Children must be comfortable being away from parents all night. Preregistration for sleepover is required. The cost is $55 per child. For more information or to register for this program, please call (910) 772-0500 or visit

9). Kings Mountain Historical Museum ( announces their upcoming exhibit, School Spirit, opening Saturday, February 6th and running through May 21, 2016.  School Spirit will celebrate the history of education in Kings Mountain and the surrounding region.  This special exhibit will examine the evolution of local schooling from the days of the one room schoolhouse to today’s modern classrooms.  A collection of artifacts, archives, and photographs will illustrate the stories of the classwork, sports, band, clubs, and other school activities that shaped the citizens of this area.

10). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( invites you to their upcoming workshop, “Build Your Own Skin-on-Frame Boat”, taking place from February 6th - 9th, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Participants will build their own Skin-on-Frame ultralight boat in the Inuit style. These versatile and time tested boats can be fashioned in a myriad of styles including the North Alaska Retrieval Kayak, Greenland Style Sea Kayak, Pram Dinghy and Canadian Canoe.  After the frames have been pegged and lashed together from fir and steam bent white oak frames, the skin of 12-ounce Ballistic Nylon is sewn over the frame and coated with either varnish or paint to produce a light, tough and beautiful boat.  This 4-day course runs for four straight days.  Students also have the option to take the course on two consecutive weekends February 6 & 7 and February 13 & 14.  Course fee is $1,500.  Minimum age: 16 yrs. old.  All courses are limited in size.  Advance registration required.  Please call 252-728-7317 for more information or to register.  Class will be held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center at the North Carolina Maritime Museum located on 315 Front Street in Beaufort, NC.  


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