The North Carolina Arboretum offers engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits focused around science, education, arts and culture. Rotating exhibitions at the Baker Exhibit Center provide interactive, enriching exhibits for all ages and interests. Exhibits featured during the school year are a great destination for field trips and youth groups.

The Education Center displays changing exhibits throughout the year by regional artists and craftsmen that highlight the region’s rich cultural and crafts heritage.

Located inside the Baker Exhibit Center and on the second floor gallery of the Education Center, the Arboretum rotates its art, science and educational exhibits three to four times a year.


From plant shows, to special lectures, to youth programs, the Arboretum offers a wide-variety of events throughout the year for both visitors and Arboretum members. Please visit the calendar page for a complete list of current and upcoming events.

Traveling Rental Exhibitions

Wicked Plants

The North Carolina Arboretum’s popular traveling exhibit, Wicked Plants, is inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities.” This widely-popular exhibit is a perfect rental for museums, public gardens and other institutions seeking an fun, interactive crowd pleaser for older youth and adults. Click here for information on Wicked Plants’ travel schedule, exhibitor guides or to contact the Arboretum’s exhibit curator.


Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance

The North Carolina Arboretum is proud to introduce its newest traveling exhibit, Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance®. Blending flora, fashion and science, this interactive exhibit will transform your space into a museum for the senses. Showcasing some of Mother Nature’s most fragrant botanicals, Making Scents offers a unique, innovative experience where visitors can discover the plants and flowers behind some of the world’s most iconic perfumes. Take visitors on a full sensory journey and explore the mysterious power of the sense of smell while learning about the unique artistry and science behind the fragrance industry. Making Scents will debut at The North Carolina Arboretum Summer 2018. Click here for more information on the exhibit’s travel schedule, guides or to request a booking.