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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-707-9800
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Ranked #1 of 148 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural history museums, Science museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals...
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Type: Natural history museums, Science museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I've been here many times with my kids and on field trips with my students. It's a wonderful museum. Reptile Day is amazing. However, the occasionally have special attractions which are less than stellar. Today, we paid almost $50 to see the World's Largest Dinosaurs....one room with various dino bones and one huge replica. Eh.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I've been on a number of trips to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences numerous times over the years. School field trips, Saturday trips and my bluegrass band has even performed there and every trip revealed a new treasure or interesting fact. Top this off with the fact that this is a free resource and it really doesn't get any... More 

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Cameron, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

My kids and I love this museum. Coming from NY I have visited many museums and this one is definitely one of the top 3!!!! In my opinion!!! I love the butterfly house with the sloth, the movie theater and its offerings...the hands on exhibits...it's all wonderful and so much fun for kids and parents! We have never been bored... More 

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31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The Free Museum is really well done and modern. From the stock cars and traditional historical displays to the more modern. The Sports exhibit has all of them in nearly 20 various spurts and good graphics and artifacts. PAY some money and you can See the NC Film and TV display that is open til 9/2015. Bull Durham, Nights in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was the first time I visited the Natural Science museum in Raleigh but the rest of the family had visited in the past. It now has a Nature Research center connected by walkways on the 2nd & 4th floors. This new area has labs that you can watch scientists/researchers as well as rooms that you can try different hands-on... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If we need somewhere to go kill some time, let the kid explore and learn...this is the place. There is always MORE to find and learn than you did on your last visit. Highly recommend and you should go multiple times to really soak it all in. Good cafe upstairs, and neat pay only exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Visited here many times while living in Raleigh! Great for a date, to explore with friends/family, and a fantastic wedding venue (a couple I know got married here)! So many exhibits, friendly staff, and always new things to check out. Perfect for sunny or rainy days. Some exhibits have a admission fee, but the museum in general is donation only.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I've visited North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 3 or 4 times and enjoy myself with each visit. When family or friends come to town to visit, I usually visit the downtown area and the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A great place to spend sometime with the family. it is free and you get so much out. you need a whole day to really explore all the areas including the extension added a couple of years ago. very well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The museum is a great place to take children or family members. There are three floors filled with amazing sights and learning experiences. The dinosaurs and flying pterodactyl are exciting for the little ones to see, but so are the snakes! This museum is a must when in the Raleigh area.

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