18th Century Backcountry Farm
The ways of life of our early settlers is a source of fascination for many. Complete with living history presentations in period buildings, this interpretation is open seasonally and comes to life with hogs, sheep, and chickens.
Stone Age Heritage Site
Travel back in time when the stone tools our ancestors used were the cutting edge of technology. Walk among the standing stones, stone circles, earthen burial mound, rock cairn and petroglyphs that give insightful glimpses into our past.
Catawba Indian Village
Open seasonally, this interpretation of 400 years of Catawba Indian culture, adaptation and survival is a must see for visitors interested our region's rich heritage. Visit a prehistoric bark-covered house, council house and log cabins.
Dino Safari: A Prehistoric Adventure
Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the Age of Dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. Observe predators stalking an armored Stegosaurus and her calf, get eye-to-eye with a 15 foot tall Brachiosaurus, and stand in the path of a charging Triceratops. See dinosaur fossil specimens, enjoy hands-on exploration in the Dino Safari Lab, and find out how scientists unearth stories of this ancient world.
Memorial Wildlife Garden
In this wildlife oasis, you can take advantage of the contemplative setting by escaping the rat race and settling into an environment authentically designed to provide food and shelter for the Carolina Piedmont's native species.
All within a 0.7 mile trek, you'll experience a pine forest, mixed hardwood forest, and pond and stream communities typical of the North Carolina Piedmont. On our Trail for all Seasons, everyday is a good day for a walk.
Henry Hall of the American Indian
Henry Hall of the American Indian Can you name the five major regions of North America? Do you remember the major tribal groups that so richly affected European settlers in the new land? Not to worry. Our collection of artifacts, housing, tools, weapons, ornaments and customs are beautifully unforgettable.
Hall of North Carolina Natural History
Have you ever seen a harbor seal... a teal, a heron, an egret or a coot? These three-dimensional dioramas depict the inhabitants and terrain of the North Carolina coastline, coastal plains, hills, Piedmont and mountain regions in all their diversity.
Hall of North American Wildlife
Get toe to claw, nose to gill, finger to stinger and eye to shank with wildlife at its finest. These dioramas give you true perspective on the size and scope of North America's bears, bison, moose and elk along with its other mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Hall of North American Habitats
Experiencing these richly crafted dioramas is like being dropped in the middle of the continent's most dynamic terrain. Let your eyes lead the rest of your senses to the wonders of our ocean floors, the Everglades, the Sonoran Desert and the mighty Alaskan tundra.
Elizabeth W. Robinson Hall of Earth and Man (temporarily closed for renovations as of July 2016)
If it weren't for the fact that bones don't lie and the earth never forgets, you might think prehistoric life was too fantastic to be true. Marvel at the expansive collection of mineral specimens among impressive exhibits of dinosaurs, mastodon, saber-tooth cats and evolution at its most revealing.