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April 2014 Events
A Natural View
Opens April 18
Type: Special Event
See the wonder, grandeur, and fragility of our natural world in works by artists from Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg counties. The Gaston County Art Guild cosponsors this exhibit.
Saturdays and Sundays 3:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
There is more in the night sky than you can see with your naked eye. Learn how to explore the universe with binoculars and small telescopes without leaving your own backyard. Discover what you can see in the winter sky from your own backyard.
Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up
Saturdays and Sundays 1:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up is an original production of the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
Light Years From Andromeda
Tuesdays – Fridays, 3:30 PM, Saturdays, 11 AM & 2:30 PM Sundays, 2:30 PM. TICKETS -- $3 for all visitors, plus museum admission
Type: Planetarium
A new program in the James H. Lynn Planetarium! A beam of light leaves the Andromeda Galaxy and travels across the void of intergalactic space, paralleling the development of life on earth. A Loch Ness Production, this show explores properties of light and helps to define the immense distances to the stars in relation to human concepts of time.
Jack Knife Cookery
Sunday, April 6, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
This course is dedicated to James Austin Wilder, a truly unique character in the history of classic camping legend and lore. Explore his life and work and set about recreating many of the skills offered in his outdoor opus, Jack Knife Cookery. This is camp cooking cast away style- using primitive methods gathered from a lifetime of travel and adventure. $55 Museum Members / $60 Nonmembers Call 704-866-6912 for more information and to register.
The Food Quiver
Saturday, April 5, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
Recreate an almost forgotten piece of traditional trail gear used by natives and newcomers alike on the American frontier - and recommended by none other than Daniel Carter Beard himself! Worn around the waist, across the back or stuffed in the top of your knapsack, these hand-sewn, two compartment provision bags are always right at hand. $55 Museum Members / $60 Nonmembers Call 704-866-6912 for more information and to register.
Mysterious Mouths
Saturday, April 26, 11 AM and 2 PM
Type: Public Program
My, what sharp teeth you have! By comparing sizes, shapes, and other adaptations, can you guess what different animals might eat? Get up close and personal with skulls of all kinds as you figure out the puzzle of the mysterious mouth.
Earth Day 2014
Saturday, April 5, 10 AM - 3 PM
Type: Public Program
Join Captain Conservation and other green heroes as we disover the super powers of the Earth. There will be astonishing vendors, amazing food, and fantastic games and activities for heroes of all ages. FREE for Museum members and free plus general admission for nonmembers.
The Amazing Egg
Friday, April 18, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Type: Public Program
Learn about the eggs of birds, reptiles, and dinosaurs. Discover the development of the egg, parts of the egge, and the nutritional value of the egg.
Farmers, Warriors, Builders:The Hidden Life of Ants
Opens Saturday, January 25
Type: Exhibit
Small yet abundant, with complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from view. What if we could see into their world—on their level? What could be learned? What parallels could be drawn between them and us? Now, with the aid of a macro lens and the insights of ant expert and photographer Mark Moffett the incredible world of ants is explored in this Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition.