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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Open Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A Great Outing with the Grandkids

We took out two grandsons and walked their legs-off. There is plenty to see, feel, and do. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
qed982
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Raleigh, North Carolina
One of the best interactive museums

Great place to visit. Take your time. So much to see, read and interact with. A definite place to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
susanhS2261IV
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Miami, Florida
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The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas, special exhibits, hands-on science education and accessible scientists. IMLS National Medal Finalist, 2014.
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11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took out two grandsons and walked their legs-off. There is plenty to see, feel, and do. The exhibits range from prehistoric to robotics. Parking is the only draw-back.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Take your time. So much to see, read and interact with. A definite place to go with kids. Best of all: It’s free!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great place for kids or adults to learn and enjoy themselves. I have been many times and am always fascinated. Go as often as you can.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Roxtiger
Reviewed 2 days ago

During my first trip to Raleigh over the weekend we made a pit stop here before leaving and it did not disappoint. I definitely recommend checking it out and its also FREE. Very educational and learned some fun facts.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EscapeSeeker28
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went there after hours for an opening reception. Food and wine was great! Very upscale and high end; perfect! The new additions to the museum were spectacular. I had not been in a while before this visit. Convenient parking nearby. Parking is free after 5...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Maria J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

To really get the full feel of this museum give yourself a few hours! Interesting to learn about the N.C. ecosystems and quite a few live critters too! It wasn’t the cleanest or the most up to date as far as display interactivity but it’s...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went on a Friday afternoon- and had about 2 hours. My daughter (3) and I made it through the entire 1st building-- missed the butterflies and sloth b/c we got there too late- but we were able to view some butterflies through the windows....More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank DawnR1272
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is free. It is a great day trip to visit with 5 and older children. Must see the butterfly exhibit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank gh1002016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just like everyone said here this place is really, really good. Perfect for a cold, rainy day. I loved the live snakes and the whale skeletons.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank brianmA9375SZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science is a wonderful place to take your kids. There is an elaborate variety of exhibits geared toward children's education and interaction with nature. It is interesting for adults as well, but be advised. If you go, the Museum...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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degayle
19 March 2019|
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Response from Maria J | Reviewed this property |
You are not allowed to eat your home-brought food in the museum. However, you are allowed to bring your food and eat it on the outdoor Bicentennial Plaza. They have a cafe where you can purchase meals.
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Pamela M
5 February 2018|
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Response from Oriiah | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9 am to 5 pm.
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yaqot
21 August 2017|
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Response from BooBoo4Sure | Reviewed this property |
Yes admission is free but donations are accepted
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