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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-707-9800
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale...
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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Great Place to Take Small Children

Since it is free to enter the museum, it's a great place to take small children. The little children with whom I went greatly enjoyed the live animals (fish and butterflies). A... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

If you have children then this is a place to take them. There are several things to keep them occupied. Some of the exhibits are just a little bit static and there are lots of stuffed/preserved animals on all floors, but there are living specimens if you persevere. The conservatory on the top floor with the butterflies is an unexpected... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Since it is free to enter the museum, it's a great place to take small children. The little children with whom I went greatly enjoyed the live animals (fish and butterflies). A place where one could spend as much or as little time as one's situation requires! Note: The information provided by the displays is heavily evolutionist.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to this museum. Huge! So much to see. Great displays and very informative. Definitely worth the visit.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This place is fun and educational and my daughter LOVES the dinosaurs. It's one of her favorite places to go. The new-ish annex is awesome too! It's got lots of cool, high tech learning areas and is very entertaining. It's got a great coffee shop / cafe called The Daily Planet that has the best coffee in town, hands down!

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Museum is very interesting and informative. Although not much for adults but kids will definitely love it. Loved the dinosaurs 😀

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

4 floors of interactive learning for whole family. Beautifully executed and a NC treasure for sure. And . . . It's Free (they ask for a donation).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My three year old son loves fish and this was the most fun he's had in a long time! Everyone that works there was very friendly, the facilities were clean, and there were things that interested almost everyone in our group. Our 22 month old wasn't that impressed, but he needed a nap :) I can't wait to bring them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Neutrinos and Dark Matter!? What a wonderful place to learn about things that most people don't have a clue what they are! Kids and adults alike can learn a lot about science and the natural world around them. A true gem! Constantly changing special exhibits. You could spend days and not see the place in depth.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a really well designed and thought out museum. The addition of the connecting science center added to where is was lacking. The museum takes you through the different ecosystems of NC, as well as exhibits on wildlife found in the Old North State. Specialty exhibits are of good quality and worth the price, especially since rest of museum... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a great spot to spend a hot summer week end day. Can visit monthly and always see something new or missed from earlier visit. Stimulates the mind, provides exercise walking, and improves your knowledge. IMO a win for one and all.

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Additional Information about North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-707-9800
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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