By Todd Cohen
RALEIGH, N.C. — The new N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is embarking on new fundraising efforts.
The museum, which opened April 7 and has attracted nearly 500,000 visitors – in half the time anticipated — plans to raise $100,000 in corporate support in the fiscal year that began July 1.
And the museum is preparing for two capital campaigns – a $7 million drive for a new joint dinosaur research center with N.C. State University, and a $2 million drive for a facility on land it owns off Reedy Creek Road for overnight housing for up to 40 students in school groups visiting the museum.
The museum received $39 million from the state for its new building and $34.5 million for exhibits, including $12.5 million from the state, $2 million from the federal government, $4 million from Raleigh and Wake County through the hotel and prepared food tax and nearly $16 million in private dollars.
“We haven’t stopped,” says Shirley Robinson, the museum’s development director.