Why invest in the Museum of Life and Science?
The Museum began in 1946 as a small trailside nature center.
Generations of families have participated in joyful, enlightening
experiences that spark wonder, touch the heart and expand the mind.
Today, the Museum of Life and Science offers a uniquely accessible
indoor-outdoor learning environment – an 84-acre campus with engaging
experiences across science disciplines through 285 hands-on exhibits.
Our frequent special events, traveling exhibits, partnerships with
Triangle science organizations and wide-ranging programs offer an
incredible diversity of exploration and free-choice learning. We serve over 435,000 visitors annually, and touch another 50,000 people with
outreach learning experiences.
Our members and visitors have been delighted with recent expansions.
The Museum now offers major outdoor attractions featuring wildlife and
a wetland, wind exhibits and the new Dinosaur Trail. Indoors, we have
new exhibits that serve young children, offer hands-on health
investigation, enable visitors to explore math or nanoscale science and
more. Our operating budget has grown by over 50% in the past five years and strong community support and
contributions have fueled our success in offering award-winning
informal learning experiences and environments.
The Museum’s fundraising priorities are to raise nearly
$525,000 in annual fund support (about 8% of our $6.6 million annual budget) and to secure additional funds for
capital improvements across campus.