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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919-707-9800
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Ranked #2 of 78 Attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Science Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas, special exhibits, hands-on... more » 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. « less
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Mebane, North Carolina
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and ten year old daughter went yesterday specifically to see the new dinosaur exhibit "The World's Largest Dinosaurs", which will be there thru April. My advice would be, go, but go in the mid to late afternoon if you can, to avoid the gazillions of elementary and middle school kids who will be there on field trips in... More

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Raleigh
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is a great, admission free museum in Raleigh. Displays are great and so are hands on experiences for the kids of all ages. For additional fee you can enjoy IMAX shows or visit special exhibition.

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Plain City, Ohio
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you are into natural history, this is a very nice museum and since the admission is free, it's a very nice price. I enjoyed some of the exhibits right inside the door, which were some items found in the state of North Carolina, such as a meteorite, mastodon tooth, shark teeth & gold. Pretty cool. I also enjoyed the... More

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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We LOVED this museum! They have hands on experiences for kiddos and/or adults and great displays! Best of all this museum is free. We have a nature museum, where we live, that charges an entry fee. We love going there, but it is small and does not have as many things or hands on activities.

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East Bay, California
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103 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very good museum if you like the natural sciences! You could spend hours in there. I really enjoyed the IMAX show I saw. Museum free but IMAX small fee. Make time for the research center too.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

You'll want to come back again and again. We love taking the grandkids here. The Museum is free but there are also special exhibits that are wonderful - some more aimed at children than others. Be sure to bring along your camera, wear comfortable shoes and plan to stay as long as the kids hold up. If you are on... More

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Durham
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A treasure for all North Carolinians to be proud of. And the new extension is wonderful with a terrific cafe. Bring the kids or take a slow quiet stroll. You'll come away refreshed and smart.

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We spent time both Saturday and Sunday in both Science museum buildings and found the exhibits fascinating. We used to live near the Smithsonian in Washington and found the NC museum to be better. After 4 hours time we saw everything but would return again for a more in depth view.

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Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

We visited this museum today and thoroughly recommend it.It is packed with educational, interactive things particularly aimed at children but us oldies can learn a thing or two. The exhibits are well signed and informative. Staff are friendly, approachable and knowledgable. Loved the cafe great staff. Great views from the bridge linking the two parts of the building. Loved it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I like this one pretty well. There was a lot to see, and they have a great cafe! I recommend a visit--and it's free!

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