Museum Offers Look at Time Before Dinosaurs


If a road trip is on the agenda for the summer, you may want to head to the North Carolina Museum of Nature Sciences in Raleigh to check out their newest Permian exhibit. “Life Before Dinosaurs” will take you on a step back in time to 290 million years to the age before dinosaurs.  

The piece will highlight vivid artwork, mounted skeletons, and life-sized models of saber-toothed prehistoric creatures. Many bizarre land and sea Permian monsters will be on display including a serrated tooth shark.

These animals lived before the largest mass extinction to take place on Earth. Climate shifts caused devastating hot dry conditions that wiped out the majority of the era’s marine and terrestrial life. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, students 13 and up, and military with I.D. Children ages 3-12 years old will be admitted for $6, and kids 2 years old and under are free. Groups packages are available for pre-registered parties of 10 or more at $5 per person. A Paleo combo is available for add-on for 3D movie tickets. Admittance is free for museum members.  

If Raleigh is too far of a stretch, visitors to the museum in Whiteville will get to enjoy a pop-up exhibit featuring the Permian animals beginning on June 7. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m-4 p.m., and is located at 415 South Madison Street in Whiteville. 

A list of events for the month of June is available at For more information, call the museum at 910.788.5100. For more information about the Raleigh location, call 919.707.9950.

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