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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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sicence

I enjoy my visits to this museum, i love to learn, and this place facilitates that. the... read more

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elmegamega
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Morrisville, North Carolina
Great rainy or cold day activity! Plus it’s free!

We took our son here while visiting Raleigh North Carolina because it was a very cold day and there... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 yesterday

I enjoy my visits to this museum, i love to learn, and this place facilitates that. the dinosaur,and butterflies exhibit is my favorite

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took our son here while visiting Raleigh North Carolina because it was a very cold day and there wasn’t much to do outside. We were so surprised at how nice this museum was especially since it was free! It had dinosaurs and animals of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LivinWhileWereYoung
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a nice way to spend a few hours. There are some outstanding exhibits, the butterfly room was great and had a resident sloth! Quite a few exhibits were specific to North Carolina history which I found interesting and informative. Lots of fun...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andrea P
NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed seeing our two-toed sloth in the living conservatory.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an absolutely fantastic museum. Spectacular images and information that is exciting and educational. This place seems to go on and on, so wear your walking shoes. A hands on museum where you can touch critters (not alive) dinosaur eggs (faux) and bones. Around...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AineFlorida
NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Museum, we're so glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time visiting Raleigh and decided to check out the museum. They had excellent exhibits, a really neat research area, and kudos to the presenter that did the hands-on weather presentation, it was very well done!

Date of experience: November 2018
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NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed your time at the Museum.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing museum for all ages to enjoy and learn! We are visiting from out of state, and this was the number one thing we wanted to do while in Raleigh. It did not disappoint. I took with me my 3 boys, ages 8, 13,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank redheadedmama
NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting the Museum! We're glad that you and your children enjoyed all of the hands-on exhibits and we hope you visit again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in Downtown Raleigh, parking available. This ranked everyone's favorite. Admission is free, with a voluntary donation box near the exit. There's a mixture of everything here. Mini 15 min. presentations occur frequently in the lobby; I ate fried meal worms! Tasty. Makeshift mines to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at the Museum and we hope to see you again, soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I spent a few hours one rainy October day. I was not expecting how huge this museum is...two large buildings! We saw as much as we could in the time we had available. Lots for children to do!

Date of experience: October 2018
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NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love going to this museum - even when I don't have the littles with me!! If its a nice day out, the outdoor exhibits are a great way t get some fresh air!! The indoor exhibits are interactive and fun - and of, course...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family frequents the museum several times a year & we're never disappointed. Plenty of room for everyone to explore, tons of exhibits & excellent learning opportunities. And please visit their annual BugFest event if you have the opportunity! Would definitely recommend this for anyone...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anne Marie J
NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting! We're so glad you and your family enjoy our Museum and BugFest.

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Response from Oriiah | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9 am to 5 pm.
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Yes admission is free but donations are accepted
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I avoid attractions on holiday weekends because of people visiting from out of town so I'm assuming so.
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