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

Friday, February 26, 2016

NCMC Events from Around the State… February 29, 2016

1). The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center ( in downtown Asheville presents a free presentation and book launch on Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Alessandro Porco, the editor and force behind a new book called Poems by Gerard Legro. It’s been over sixty-five years since Black Mountain College students Jerrold Levy and Richard Negro composed, circulated, and performed Poems by Gerard Legro on the campus of Black Mountain College. Long forgotten in an archival box, the previously unpublished collaboration is now in print for the first time. Dr. Alessandro Porco will discuss the history of Poems by Gerard Legro and read a short selection from the book.

2). Turchin Center for the Visual Arts ( invites you to their newest exhibit, The Waterworks, which opens March 4th at the Center. The sculptor Jennifer Hecker has been thinking about water a lot lately, particularly its disappearance.  In fact, every single work in her major show of bronze and glass constructions, The Waterworks, explores the fluid foundation of our lives, an element increasingly taken for granted even as the world supply becomes dangerously scarce.  In related events, Hecker will present a talk about the exhibition (March 2 at 7p.m., in the TCVA Lecture Hall), as part of the Turchin Center Lecture Series; she will be on hand for the TCVA Exhibition Celebration, March 4th from 6-10pm. (This traditional event, which features live music, cash bar, food and more, is free and open to the public.)  Also opening on March 4 at the Turchin Center: the ever-popular Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest (AMPC), now in its 13th year, showcasing images by photographers who have steeped themselves in the local land and culture, and Pieces of the Puzzle: Outreach Programs at the Turchin Center, an exploration of how the Boone Community makes art.

3). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( announces the last of six presentations held in conjunction with the Museum’s current featured exhibition, Extreme Mammals. In the upcoming presentation, participants will learn why hippos are Africa’s greatest killer.   Though hippos are often cited as killing more people than any other animal in Africa, human-hippopotamus conflict has rarely been studied. Discover the real story of this conflict and why it is an important issue for hippo conservation, when the North Carolina Zoo’s Corinne Kendall presents “Africa’s Greatest Killer? Understanding Human-Hippopotamus Conflict,” at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, March 3rd at 7 p.m.  This lecture is $10, or you can 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). The exhibition stays open until 7 p.m. on the night of the presentation; last entry 6 p.m.

4). The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University ( invites you to visit their current exhibit, Hina-Matsuri: Doll’s Day in Japan, on view now through May 27t, 2016. This mini-exhibit will focus on the Japanese celebration of Doll’s Day, or Hina Matsuri, on March 3 through the display of a traditional doll set.  Families often mark the celebration, which is also called Girls’ Day, by setting up a display of dolls representing the Heian period (794-1192) imperial court in their homes.  The MOA’s doll set from the 1950s includes 15 dolls and a number of other pieces that create the setting for the court.  Admission is free.   For more information, visit, email, or call 336-758-5282.

5). The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA ( announces its upcoming program; Wonder Wednesdays, on Wednesday, March 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ahoy teachers and home school parents! Try on helmets, raise signal flags, “text” using semaphore flags, tap out your name using Morse code, type on vintage typewriters, and more! Friendly, knowledgeable volunteer staff from stem to stern to help you have a grand time onboard ship. FREE with Battleship Admission.

6). The Museum of the Albemarle ( invites you to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on Wednesday, March 2nd from 10–11 a.m. Celebrate the author’s birthday by reading a Dr. Seuss book at the Museum and participating in a hands-on activity. You can even dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character! Please call 252-331-4021 for more information.
7). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to Makerspace on Thursday, March 3rd and Friday, March 4th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Makerspace is a new exhibit located in the STEAM Room at Hands On!. Children and adults are invited to use their imaginations to design and build bridges, Franken toys, robots, and more! Other activities include Magnet Wall Challenge and a Problem Solving Table. Makerspace will be open every Thursday and Friday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in March.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. This exhibit is free with $5 admission/free for members and is sponsored by Duke Energy Foundation.

8). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( invites you to Merry Time for Tots: Hatteras Jack on Wednesday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers and their caregivers will hear the legend of the albino dolphin “Hatteras Jack” and learn more about the dolphins that frequent the North Carolina coast. This class will include a craft, story and game to practice following directions, review their colors and learn about themselves as they learn about dolphins.   Ages 2-5. Free. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. 252-728-7317. Program by School & Group Coordinator Christine Brin. 

9). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( invites you to a Meet and Greet with Wayne Henderson and Friends, the Virginia Luthiers, on Sunday, March 6th from 3-5:00 p.m.  This event offers a unique, small venue opportunity to see one of the living masters of the flat top guitar live and in person. There will be lots of great music and storytelling.  Also Luthiers Ken Hooper and Spencer Strickland will be on hand to unveil their hand crafted guitar and mandolin which will soon be added to our Luthier Exhibit.  Tickets are $20 per person.  Call the Museum at 336-786-4478 to make your reservation.

10). Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum ( invites you to join them on Saturdays in March for free women’s history focus tours. Discover the amazing women who lived, worked, and studied at Palmer Memorial Institute through “Women’s Work,” a women’s history focus tour.  These special tours will explore gender roles at Palmer, Dr. Brown’s role in the women’s rights movement, and the accomplishments made by Palmer faculty and alumnae. Tours are available each Saturday in March, at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Tours also are available to school, civic, and church groups during regular museum hours, by appointment.  


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