Museum & Planetarium Events

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Festival of Trees @ Museum of Coastal Carolina
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This year, the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach is hosting a Festival of Trees. The trees will be displayed throughout the museum’s galleries from November 21 (soft opening) through December 14, 2019. The Grand Opening of the Festival of Trees occurs on Holiday Night at the Museum on November 29 – a special event that includes holiday elves, a tree for children to decorate, holiday stories for children, food from the Dawg Wagon, Makai beer, wine, soft drinks, and live music provided by Opportunity Rocks.

For the Festival of Trees, artificial trees provided by the museum will be sponsored and decorated by ten local organizations. Decorated trees will be placed in a silent auction. Each tree sponsor will receive in full the highest bid amount on its tree. Silent auction winners will get a decorated tree to take home. Each tree will include decorations, tree skirt, tree topper, and LED lights.

The following organizations are this year’s tree sponsors: Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, Brunswick County Literacy Council, Brunswick Environmental Action Team, Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, Ocean Isle Habitat Re-Store, Ocean Isle Property Owners Association, Oceans Massage and Skin Care, Ocean Ridge Charities Organization, Paws-Ability, and With My Sisters.

Museum members and visitors to the museum during the Festival of Trees will receive a voting ballot to use to vote for their favorite tree. Additional voting ballots may be purchased in the museum’s gift shop: 1 vote for $1; 6 votes for $5; 12 votes for $10.

The Festival of Trees provides a wonderful opportunity to support the Museum of Coastal Carolina. It also provides an opportunity for local organizations to benefit from community exposure.

The Festival of Trees will be open to the public during the Museum’s seasonal operating hours – Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00-3:00 and extended hours on Saturdays from 10:00-5:00. Museum admission is free for members. Non-member admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016.

Accidental Astronaut @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Follow the animated adventures of Cy, Annie, and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun, and Moon with a wise-cracking spaceship computer. See an asteroid crash into the Moon. Bounce along on the lunar surface. Get up close and personal with a solar storm. Gain a new appreciation of our home planet. The Accidental Astronauts is a space adventure for all ages but is especially appropriate for young space explorers.

Into the Unknown — Sea Jellies @ Museum of Coastal Carolina
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Museum education coordinator Kimberly Belfer discusses why sea jellies are not “fish” and how they are an important part of the great ocean food web. Composed mostly of water, she will talk about their anatomy and how similar they are to humans — even though they don’t look anything like us! She will also discuss what happens when we get stung by a sea jelly and how to treat a jelly sting.

Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This is a story of courage, generosity and renewal, exploring the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest while waiting for spring to bring new growth. A young girl, born into a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest. Will what she discovers help her save her village?

 

Tales of the Maya Skies @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn about the wonders of Maya science, cosmology and myth as you are taken back in time to the jungles of Mexico and the cities and temples of the ancient Maya. See how Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns and planetary movements.

Cosmic Colors (NEW!) @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Why is the sky blue? Why is Mars red? Take a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum and discover the many reasons for color. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole. See the actual color of a dinosaur, based on recent evidence.

 

Seven Wonders @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Witness the ancient world’s Seven Wonders as they appeared thousands of years ago. Then, glimpse some of the greatest wonders of the universe.

 

The Sky Tonight @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Get a live look at the sky tonight! Explore the planets, constellations, and other celestial events visible in the Carolina night sky.

Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a story of courage, generosity and renewal, exploring the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest while waiting for spring to bring new growth. A young girl, born into a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest. Will what she discovers help her save her village?

Laser Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Ingram Planetarium
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is a progressive rock band that pushes musical boundaries. TSO has sold millions of albums and is well-known for its exciting live concerts.