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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great for Long or Short Visits

We're told this is one of the best museums in NC and after our second visit we agree. First off... read more

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Janie L
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Must see while in Raleigh

4 floors of amazing displays. Very easy to navigate, engaging, educational and fun. Greatly... read more

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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
+1 919-707-9800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We're told this is one of the best museums in NC and after our second visit we agree. First off, no entrance fee! A complete whale skeleton greets you as you walk in, and an underwater submersible experience, and a domed area featuring museum lecturers...More

Thank Janie L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

4 floors of amazing displays. Very easy to navigate, engaging, educational and fun. Greatly recommend!

Thank Carolinah7
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have been to this museum several times. Sometimes we go as a family, and sometimes I just take the kids. Every time, we find something that is interesting that we didn't see before. We look at fossils, different ecosystems in our state, live animals,...More

Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really nice little cafe at the top with many unique and interesting exhibits. I really enjoyed the different models and live animals and insects. Would be good for children and families.

Thank WVExplorer
Reviewed 2 days ago

A great museum in downtown Raleigh, can't believe it's free. Lots of displays, nice gift shop too. Huge museum, we didn't see it all.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the best free family museum we have ever been to. The selection and size of the facility will blow you away. If you are there on business for the capital and don't have kids, just walk through...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited today with my son and my granddaughter. My granddaughter is 6 years old and loved it. She was so excited about all the exhibits. There are many live exhibits with fish, amphibians, and snakes. There are rooms that you can watch scientists working....More

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Whenever my 8 year old granddaughter visits she always requests a visit to the museum. There is something here for everyone. It is fun and informative. Be sure to check out the schedule for the movie times as well. The films are well done and...More

Thank PJGLiverpoolNY
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoy taking our grandkids to the Natural Sciences Museum just as we did our kids when they were growing up. There are many hands on exhibits which we all loved.

Thank Ruth S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and my son's family went to the Science Museum, not only is it free admission (though donations are certainly welcome) but we absolutely enjoyed ourselves for over 3 hours and really didn't see all that was offered, it was definitely a memorable experience...More

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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.
21 August 2017|
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Response from 3toMato | Reviewed this property |
Yes admission is free but donations are accepted
20 May 2017|
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Response from Linda B | Reviewed this property |
I avoid attractions on holiday weekends because of people visiting from out of town so I'm assuming so.