Buses will take us from the McKimmon Center to the hotels, where we'll get 30 minutes to drop computers, freshen up and get back on the bus.
At the museum, enjoy food and drink (Kentucky Ale donated from Alltech) while you wander the exhibits. A welcome by Meg Lowman -- our inspiring ScienceOnline2011 banquet speaker -- and a short talk by NYTimes reporter Andy Revkin will take place in the main auditorium.
We'll also get tours of the still-under-construction Nature Research Center:
Be sure to get a ticket that has the time of your tour when you first enter the museum. The tours will start at 6:45 and continue every 15 minutes. The last tours will start at 8:45. They will last approximately 20 minutes.
Hard hats are not required, but everyone going on a tour needs closed-toed shoes with no heel, and no baggy clothing. Safety is a priority.
Please share your experience through tweets, photos and blog posts. Our own David Kroll is now the science communications director here and we're looking forward to great things from the NRC.
Buses will be available at 9:30pm to return to the hotels. Otherwise, head out into downtown Raleigh to grab dinner or a drink, or join the open-mic Talent Show.