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Bears Up Close
Join us for a tour of the Bear House to encounter these remarkable creatures closer than you've ever been before and hear stories of the individual bears at the Museum. You'll meet the Museum's Animal Department Director to learn first-hand about our black bears, how we provide a natural and engaging environment and the Museum's role in protecting this species.
All Bears Up Close tours start at 5pm
May 11 (Mother's Day)
Behind the Scene Tours
Take a special insider tour behind the scenes in our Animal Department to experience the fascinating world of “life as an animal keeper.” Enter the staff-only doors to meet our animals up close and learn about their day-to-day care. Ever wonder what it takes to keep a raptor fed or how our indoor educational animals exercise? What is enrichment and how do we use it to keep our animals engaged in their surroundings?
Here’s your chance to find out! Have questions? Ask away. Our passionate keepers are here to ensure you have an unforgettable experience.
December 8 (SOLD OUT)
December 26 (SOLD OUT)
January 12 @ 11am
January 23 @ 4pm
February 9 @ 11am
Magic Wings Butterfly House Tour
Insects are some the most beautiful and fascinating creatures on earth. Join Butterfly House Director, Uli Hartmond, and entomologist Leon Bradford on a backstage tour to learn more about the Museum’s awe-inspiring insect world.
Your tour will include lots of hands-on insect encounters and a private butterfly release. Get up close at the Butterfly House and Bayer Crop Science Insectarium and learn first-hand about anatomy, physiology, enrichment and care of these creatures.
All Magic Wings Butterfly House Tours start @ 11am
November 17 (SOLD OUT)
December 15 (SOLD OUT)
Did you know you could host your own behind-the-scenes event as a Museum Member? We would be happy to help you host a very special private tour for your family and friends. Invite 20-25 of your closest friends for Bears Up Close, or 8-12 friends for Behind the Scenes in our animal department. It's a great way to use this special member benefit and an exclusive treat to share.
Call one of our Reservationists at 919.220.5429 ext. 313 to learn how we can arrange a private tour just for you!
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