The 24-day countdown is on for the 24-hour event launching a new wing of a popular museum in Raleigh, and here’s the international angle: You can win a trip with a scientist to the Amazon.
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau is celebrating the 24-hour opening April 20 & 21 of The Nature Research Center, a new wing of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences with the launch of “Raleigh’s New World.” The campaign is targeting the 24 days leading up to the opening of the new wing.
“Raleigh’s New World” features 24 themed discounts and deals at area restaurants, attractions and accommodations. Deals include: $24 off standard room rates at Embassy Suites Raleigh Crabtree, $24 Chef’s Tasting at Market Restaurant and a ‘24 Incredible Things to Know’ specialized tour created by Tobacco Road Tours, among many others.
The campaign is also offering the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Amazon rainforest with Nature Research Center director Dr. (Canopy) Meg Lowman, a “real-life Lorax.”
The website, www.visitRaleigh.com/newworld, also features insider information about the museum, itineraries and trip-worthy features, highlights of activities taking place the weekend of April 20, blogs and interviews with key staff and researchers as well as information on how the Nature Research Center will influence Raleigh’s position as a leader in science and technology. The site is a valuable resource when planning a trip to the opening weekend of the Nature Research Center or anytime this spring.
The Nature Research Center, the innovative, 80,000-square-foot wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will bring research scientists and their work into the public eye. The goals of the Nature Research Center are to help demystify an often intimidating field of study, to better prepare science educators and students and to inspire a new generation of young scientists and the building’s iconic three-story globe, The SECU Daily Planet, is a multimedia wonder which will feature science and scientists, local and international, showing research projects from around the world using grand interactive visuals.
The 24-hour grand opening, which begins at 5 p.m. on April 20 is expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors and is being billed as the “Biggest Party Downtown Raleigh Has Seen in Years.” Activities during the 24-hour opening include concerts, citizen science projects, Global Town Halls, Trash March led by Paperhand Puppet Intervention along with tours of the Nature Research Center and SECU Daily Planet.