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Race exhibit to open at natural sciences museum

Posted April 19

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will open a special exhibit this weekend on an important subject - race.

Race: Are We So Different? opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 22. Admission will be free, but tickets are required. (You can get ticket's on the museum's website).

You may remember that this award-winning traveling exhibit stopped at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham back in 2011. I found it absolutely fascinating and look forward to walking through it again, especially now that my own kids are older.

Here's a description of the exhibit, courtesy of the natural sciences' museum: "What does the word 'race' mean to you? This exhibition looks at race through the lens of science, history, and personal experiences to promote a better understanding of human variation. Interactive exhibit components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs, multimedia presentations, and attractive graphic displays offer visitors to RACE an eye-opening look at its important subject matter. RACE tells the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view offering an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

This Saturday, on opening day, the exhibit will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Regular exhibition hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

The downtown Raleigh museum's website has more information.

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